#TeacherBae and Sexuality as a Smokescreen to #BlackGirlMagic

#TeacherBae and Sexuality as a Smokescreen to #BlackGirlMagic

This week, Patrice Brown made headlines after pictures of her in a tailored, knee-length pastel pink dress went viral. The picture offset a series of conversations about professional attire, and the sexualized black female body. However, Brown's popularity has little to do with her attire. Rather, Brown's popularity betrays an anxiety surrounding black women in [...]

Why Fade did not “Fade” The Hyper-Sexualized Black Female Image

Why Fade did not “Fade” The Hyper-Sexualized Black Female Image

Teyana Taylor resurfaced as a cultural phenomenon in Kanye West’s latest creation “Fade.” Although the creator of 2009’s “Google Me,” many have not googled Taylor in years. Not exactly a forgotten presence, Taylor launched her own company, and graced the music world with the occasional feature, maintaining a private yet modestly popular Hollywood status.  Flash [...]

Conceptualizing Appeal through Cultural Derriere Detachment

While Aaliyah was perhaps the first time I saw some of myself in an entertainer, it wasn't until Bronx native Jennifer Lopez, graced the scene that I saw praise for a round derrière. What does it mean to come to accept your own attributes through a body alleviated from the extent of your experience? This [...]

Red beans and Rice Didn’t Miss Her: The Appropriation of the Black Female Body

Red beans and Rice Didn’t Miss Her: The Appropriation of the Black Female Body

While twerking isn't anything new, its recent popularity, marks yet another black trend that becomes mainstream when whites and non blacks begin doing it. Taylor Swift's new video for "Shake it Off" depicts the consistency of defining white sexuality through black female bodies. Swift's video displayed a contrast of traditional and contemporary dance, most notably [...]

Kulture Klash on Keeping Up With the Kardashians

A recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians featured an uncharacteristically socially conscious theme of racism and prejudice in contemporary society. Kim Kardashian who is famous for her highly publicized romances, is newly wed to socially conscious rapper Kanye West and a new mom to the beautiful North West. The episode showcases Kardashian’s inability [...]