The Incredible Jessica James: Extracting the “black” from Black Femininity

The Incredible Jessica James: Extracting the “black” from Black Femininity

The Incredible Jessica James debuted to an audience eagerly awaiting its next piece of seemingly antiracist media where an bothered body occupies central placement. To most The Incredible Jessica James is a coming of age narrative where a black female twenty-something finds her way past a breakup an through her struggles as a striving artist. [...]

Issa Rae’s Insecure and the Black Female Narrative

Issa Rae’s Insecure and the Black Female Narrative

In recent years, the western world has seen an abundance of black faces on television. From Kerry Washington as Scandal's Olivia Pope to Loni Love as co-host of daytime talk show The Real, the black female body appears prominent where she was once obscure. Featuring blacks as professionals appears a necessary shift away from caricatured [...]

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

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.

Spotlight: An Interview with Actress Andrea Lewis, Founder of JungleWild Productions

Spotlight: An Interview with Actress Andrea Lewis, Founder of JungleWild Productions

There’s a popular saying, “write what you know” and I truly believe in this advice. Be inspired by your own life and the people around you and then go and tell the story that inspires you the most. As a person of color I am inspired by my friends and family and they happen to look like me so as a writer I have an obligation to write about women and people of color because our stories are not told enough and creating these stories fulfills me.

How To Get Away With a Black Female Protagonist

How To Get Away With a Black Female Protagonist

Last night, ABC aired the much anticipated return of Scandal starring the lovely Kerry Washington, then debuted new series How to Get Away With Murder, starring the phenomenal Viola Davis. Despite the social media induced competition between the two protagonists, Pope and Keating are not mutually exclusive characters. Rather, both are exclusive mutually in the expansion of [...]

The Angry and Ugly Black Women of Prime Time Television, according to Alessandra Stanley

Let me begin by saying, that I acknowledge and appreciate that black female presence in prime time television has spawned a well deserved discussion. I also appreciate that shows such as Scandal, Extant and upcoming series How to Get Away With Murder and Gotham, have such a diverse following. However, in her diverse appeal, it must [...]