Viola Davis, and The Bittersweetness of Black Presence in Traditionally White Spaces

My eyes welt up with tears as Davis, beautifully dressed in an ivory gown with her hair unapolegitcally natural, took the stage to accept her honor. The tears were partially of pride, but mainly because Davis’ win is merely another symbol to seduce society into believing the world “isn’t so bad” for black folk.

How Amma Asante’s Belle Romances Race Relations of the 17th Century

For it isn’t Dido that is being swept off her feet, it’s the viewers. Viewers are seduced by romance that distorts the facts of yet another testament to the conflict of being black and female. The resurrection of a tragic mullatto story as a timeless romance adds to the collective amnesia needed to distance those within and beyond the African diaspora of their roots.