Blue Ivy Ain’t Got the Blues: Debunking the “Sad Black Girl” Narrative

Blue Ivy Ain’t Got the Blues: Debunking the “Sad Black Girl” Narrative

Blue Ivy, the eldest daughter of superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, made headlines this week, not for her eighth birthday, but for her appearance. This, of course, is not the first time that Blue Ivy has made headlines for her looks. Her likeness to father Jay-Z, who’s Afrocentric features remain subject to countless jokes, informs [...]

Who’s Family? A Black Perspective on Jay-Z’s Family Feud Video

Who’s Family? A Black Perspective on Jay-Z’s Family Feud Video

Two common ingredients in contemporary media that aims for modernity are: overwhelming presence of the female body from various racial and ethnic  background, and talk of unity Jay Z’s most recent music video for the song "Family Feud" contains both. The video-- a theatrical (and costly) representation of a divided family seeking unity through external [...]

Beyonce as Black Conscious?

Beyonce as Black Conscious?

My consistent criticism of popular culture is its often indifference to contemporary conflict. Admittedly Hollywood offers starlets, singers and others of the same sort a view from the top that all too frequently distances them from reality. Reality, well specifically speaking- black reality observes a prominent presence in Superstar Beyonce's latest video Formation. While the [...]