The Black Man, Better As Fiction?

It is interesting to see so many outraged by the reaction to sixteen-year-old Mah’Kia Bryant’s murder. Just after many rejoiced in Derek Chauvin’s conviction, the sixteen-year-old took her last breaths following a fatal shot from the police officers she called for assistance. Her murder illuminates a vicious cycle that promises to obliterate more black youth,…

The Black Humanitarian and the Myth of Unity

Tyler Perry is a cancer for black people whose espousal to the white imaginary makes him an ideal agent for anti-blackness. From joining the chorus in urging black vaccination despite a history of systemic abuse to his speech at the Oscars that underscored unity, a concept linked to “not hating” the police on the heels…

Judas and the Black Messiah, A Black Female Perspective 

Admittedly, I experienced a plethora of emotions following watching Judas and the Black Messiah. For the sake of time and space, I will decline the urge to employ the blog as a diary; instead, I will focus on what I feel is most significant.  What the film stirred up inside me was an archived memory…

The Hate Crime Bill, A Black Female Perspective

During the Obama Administration, with the bodies of Trayvon Martin, Freddy Gray, Sandra Bland, Mike Brown, Tamir Rice, and John Crawford III cold in the ground, then-President Obama signed the Blue Alert Law to protect police officers.  The black collective witnessed a similar evil and slap in the face from those who would also not…

Daunte’s Inferno

Grandma Tilson, I’m afraid of hell. Ain’t nothing to fear, there’s hell on earth. I mean the real her where you can go when you die.  You ain’t gotta die to go to the real hell. No? Uh uh, you just gotta sell that silver mirror God propped up in your soul. Sell it to…

The Derek Chauvin Trial and Verdict, A Black Female Perspective

Three weeks ago, like countless others throughout the nation, I tuned into the Derek Chauvin trial. After watching George Floyd die from multiple angles, it didn’t take long to access the intractable loss that no outcome could overcome. Shortly after calling the first witness, it also became evident that George Floyd was the one on…

The Black Ally: Why It’s “Stop White Supremacy” not “Stop Asian Hate”

Not even a year ago, flames engulfed police cars, and the names Breonna Taylor and George Floyd filled the air alongside the phrase: “Black Lives Matter.” From living rooms across America and overseas, the moment resembled a resurrected and recharged Ferguson. For many, last summer appeared to centralize systemic white terror on black bodies. Yet,…

Malcolm, Marie, and A Hidden Agenda Makes Three

Malcolm and Marie (2021) is the latest portrait of a white director and writer implementing universality behind the ruse of diversity, or what I call cinematic blackface. We encounter the couple after Malcolm’s (John David Washington) directorial debut. Marie (Zendaya) is overtly upset; an emotion made conspicuous as she smokes and makes Malcolm (unbaked) Mac…

Meghan Markle, A Black Female Perspective

Meghan Markle, like Vice President Kamala Harris, became a media sensation because she embodies a ” black” woman in a space previously unoccupied by anyone of African-descent. The issue? Markle, like Harris, wears blackness like a seasonal fashion choice. Their experiences as non-whites in traditionally black spaces engender commentary on what black women experience daily….