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

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?

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 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 [...]

The Black Mother and The Plight For Humanity

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 [...]

She’s Gotta Have it, but She Can’t Have it All

She’s Gotta Have it, but She Can’t Have it All

On the surface, Spike Lee appears to deliver a revolutionary protagonist in his Netflix series She's Gotta Have It. Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) is not only outspoken, intelligent, and artistically provocative, she’s brown-skinned. She isn’t even an Ashley Banks or Dionne Davenport type that intrigues the European gaze with a blackness that simultaneously appeases a [...]

Spotlight Series: Blogger Kelley

Spotlight Series: Blogger Kelley

So this post marks the first of my “The Soulz of Black Folk: Re-defining Celebrity” series. This summer, I will feature a few carefully selected members of the black collective that demonstrate an espousal to uplifting the black collective. Everyday, countless bodies across the diaspora contribute to black upliftment in big ways deemed small by [...]

Nice For What? Drake, #metoo, and Black Female Erasure

Nice For What? Drake, #metoo, and Black Female Erasure

Degrassi Alum turned Rap superstar Aubrey “Drake” Graham recently joined the contemporary feminist performance with a new video for “Nice For What.” The song, a mash up of Lauryn Hill’s hit “The Ex factor” is a page in the New Orleans bounce sound, but the video is making waves for its atypical visuals— well, partially. [...]

The Politics of Aesthetical Plagiarism: Examining “Is That All Your Hair?” And What Happens When Self-Hate Becomes Colloquial

The Politics of Aesthetical Plagiarism: Examining “Is That All Your Hair?” And What Happens When Self-Hate Becomes Colloquial

The photo, a black and white image, was hardly a masterpiece. It a mere medley of full lips, expressive eyes, and freshly styled head of hair that was blown out and possessing a wave that fell beneath her shoulders. Noticing not the youth, the silly expression, or amateur photography skills, the gaze fixated on something [...]

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 [...]