Vanity Ain’t Fair: Examining The Black Woman as an American Prop Though Breonna Taylor’s Posthumous Popularity

Vanity Ain’t Fair: Examining The Black Woman as an American Prop Though Breonna Taylor’s Posthumous Popularity

If the world had seen Taylor before they could never see her, if she mattered when they could look her in her eye, the readers of these magazines would not have encountered Taylor on the news or as a Covergirl. Rather, she would have been a person they pretended not to see on the street, precluded their children from befriending, or a person who motivated their move to all-white neighbors on the outskirts of the city.

The Ambitious-Slut Label and the Woman of African Descent

The Ambitious-Slut Label and the Woman of African Descent

In Ain’t I A Woman, bell hooks interrogates the black woman’s experience with gender in America. A sentence that resonates years after first encountering the text, is, and I paraphrase, that regardless of what walk of life a black woman hones, she’s assumed to be “selling.” This phrase conveys a poignant truth that continues to [...]

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

In the final days of June, a post entitled “The Truth About Essence,” witten by multiple authors under the title #blackfemaleanonymous appeared on medium.com. The authors remain nameless, though they identify, behind a virtual veil, as black women. The post delineates Essence magazine as a hyper-site for negativity under former Shea Moisture founder and CEO Richelieu [...]

Contemporary Eugenics and Social Bleaching: Why Diluting The Black Female Narrative Matters

Contemporary Eugenics and Social Bleaching: Why Diluting  The Black Female Narrative Matters

Sister, Sister was a prominent show for those who, like myself, grew up in the 90s and came of age in the early 2000s. Though Tia and Tamara were older than many of their viewers, their lives and their evolution from girls to young women provided what many young viewers hoped awaited them in the [...]

Explanatory Abjection: Why No Black Woman Owes the White World ANY Explanation

Explanatory Abjection: Why No Black Woman Owes the White World ANY Explanation

A few weeks ago, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley made headlines, not for conventional politics, but the black female body politic. To be specific, Pressley made headlines for her hair. Pressley released a video that delineated her hair journey, and the footage ends with a completely hairless Pressley. Pressley undoubtedly exuded a unique courage in completely [...]

The Knock-Off

The Knock-Off

The contemporary climate yields a disturbing trend. The trend that I speak of references non-black people of color as acquiring  accolades and visibility at the expense of their black counterparts. The trend betrays a societal preference for what I call the knock-off. American culture, specifically, the 2019 Grammy Awards and the 2020 Super Bowl, displays [...]

Bombshell? B!tch Please, A Black Female Perspective

Bombshell? B!tch Please, A Black Female Perspective

This review will be uncharacteristically short. My conciseness results not from a lack of things to say, but from a prominent effort to not grant more attention to an undeserving source.  Bombshell highlights former Fox chair Roger Ailes’ demise. Ailes, who, for years, objectified white female journalists, seizing their dignity for airtime, easily embodies the [...]

Representational Gestures and Why Trump’s Impeachment Ain’t Sugar Honey Ice or Tea

Representational Gestures and Why Trump’s Impeachment Ain’t Sugar Honey Ice or Tea

they act like they don’t love their countrynowhat it isis they found outtheir country don’t love them. Taken from poem “Love rejected” by Lucille Clifton  Trump’s impeachment comes on the cusp of 2020, the third decade of the millennium. This being said, the last decade elucidates why Trump’s impeachment is merely a representational gesture. By representational [...]

Beheading Ms. Badu: The Vulture Article and Undeserved Backlash

Beheading Ms. Badu: The Vulture Article and Undeserved Backlash

Revered Neo-soul singer Erykah Badu made headlines on the fourth Wednesday in 2018 for comments made during an interview with a white Jewish interviewer for Vulture magazine. As per usual, her remarks were taken out of context, Badu placed on a scaffold and be-headed in a social media paradigm that seeks to cast blacks as [...]

Amara La Negra and the Political Dilemma of Diasporic Blackness in the Americas

Amara La Negra and the Political Dilemma of Diasporic Blackness in the Americas

As a black woman displaced into the Americas, it was an interesting experience to listen to Amara La Negra on the breakfast club with Angela Yee, Charlemagne, and DJ Envy. Their conversation illustrates the duality of denial and representation without actual reconciliation. "I thought you were black until you opened your mouth" The interview gets [...]