Just Mercy, A Review

Just Mercy, A Review

Just Mercy begins the new year with the latest African embodiment of the American mantra: “if you work hard, you can achieve impossible things.” The film, based off Bryan Stevenson’s book of the same title, delineates an abridged version of the trials and tribulations encountered and overcome by a young lawyer who confronts a corrupt [...]

Blue Ivy Ain’t Got the Blues: Debunking the “Sad Black Girl” Narrative

Blue Ivy Ain’t Got the Blues: Debunking the “Sad Black Girl” Narrative

Blue Ivy, the eldest daughter of superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, made headlines this week, not for her eighth birthday, but for her appearance. This, of course, is not the first time that Blue Ivy has made headlines for her looks. Her likeness to father Jay-Z, who’s Afrocentric features remain subject to countless jokes, informs [...]

What does American Terrorism Mean to the African in America?

What does American Terrorism Mean to the African in America?

Bloodshed marks the new decade just as it marked the inaugural moments of this country. News of Soleimani’s death incited fear in some and anger in others, however, there is seemingly more issue with the way Trump did what he did rather than the deed itself. Articles on Soleimani reveal that the US considered him [...]

Don’t Call me ADOS: Contemplating the ADOS Platform in 2020

Don’t Call me ADOS: Contemplating the ADOS Platform in 2020

Reflecting on 2019 betrays a significant new development with regard to the black collective. The rise of ADOS, or the African descendant of slavery, embodies a new chapter in an ongoing discussion about diaspora, blackness, and reparations. #ADOS, is an initiative formally engendered by Howard Alum and Breaking Brown host Yvette Carnell and UCLA alumnus [...]

Surviving White Supremacy

Surviving White Supremacy

Tis' an interesting experience to be a black person in a country where anti-blackness is ubiquitous. “Turn your brain off”“You’re looking to deeply into things” These are probably the most common words uttered in hopes of discouraging the intellectual curiosity. Intellectual curiosity, however, is essential to black survival. It was the intellectual curiosity of those [...]