Coming Soon: Blackness. Under-represented.

Hi Everyone! So with a new year comes new adventure. I am writing to formally announce my podcast: Blackness. Under-Represented. Listen to the trailer here: https://anchor.fm/blacknessunderrep Blackness. Under-Represented will include episodes eight minutes or less that provide insight into happenings relevant to black people and black culture. This announcement is not a farewell to blogging;…

The Curse of Kevin Samuels: Gender as Racism

Earlier this month, self-proclaimed image consultant Kevin Samuels went viral for an on-air session he had with a black female client. In the session, Samuels responded to his client’s want for a man that brings home a six-figure income. The client, a thirty-five-year-old woman who makes six figures herself, has a teenaged son. Samuels contended…

The Migrant’s Daughter: Black Female Representative?

I attempt to achieve balance in this post, but admittedly I am not sure I have. I have spoken extensively about the complexities of black femininity at this particular moment. Being a black woman, has, of course, always been complex. I anticipate, and by anticipate I do not admit defeat, that black femininity will remain…

The Vice Presidential Debate, A Black Female Perspective

What always baffles me is how easily many forget that the space in which we occupy is one of strategy. This fact could not be more evident in the recent vice-presidential debate.  Both Kamala Harris and Mike Pence worked to differentiate themselves from their presidential counterparts while emphasizing the same ideas. For this reason, the…

She Who Keeps Culture: The Being of Black Female Form and American Politics

In 2012, Shonda Rhimes, through the nationally syndicated ABC, introduced character Olivia Pope in a show named Scandal. The role, modeled after real-life DC Fixer Judy Smith who was active during the Bush administration, garnered national traction for its strong black female lead. Pope, like Smith, lived a prestigious and luxurious life due to her…

Who Protects the Black Woman?

I have seen ubiquitous dialogues centered around a single question: who protects the black woman? The question engendered a plethora of responses, some of which referenced black female independence as negating black male obligation, and others that revisit the late Malcolm X’s contentious claim that the black woman Is the most unprotected person in America. …

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

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…

The Black Mother and The Plight For Humanity

In a climate where women’s issues maintain central placement, it is imperative that black women take note of their treatment in American society. Particularly, the illusion of progress, seduces many to believe that black women are part of the #metoo era that, summoned by another feminist wave, started with a chain of sexual assault victims…