Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

Toward A Black Imaginary: For the Daughters of the Diaspora

What a time to be alive. What a time to be a black woman and an HBCU graduate living in their nation’s capitol. While there are countless lessons to be learned form the 2020 election, the most profound lesson is one of imagination.    A defiled imagination renders the black power manifested in white supremacist [...]

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

The Black Woman and the Mythos of American Democracy

I received several emails, texts, and alerts rejoicing in what the white media calls the first black vice-president-elect. A black female CNN political analyst even called Harris’s “victory” a poetic rebuttal to Trump’s four years. To this, I say two things. The first is that Kamala Harris as Vice President functions a lot like Black [...]

The Vice Presidential Debate, A Black Female Perspective

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 [...]

Kamala Harris on CNN, A Black Female Perspective

Kamala Harris on CNN, A Black Female Perspective

Yesterday, YouTube alerted me to Kamala Harris’s most recent interview with CNN interviewer Dana Bush. Bush interviewed  Harris with an overt chip on her shoulder that worked in Kamala Harris’ favor. Bush’s disposition made Harris appear more friendly and kind in the glare of Bush’s physical manifestation of a collective white female fury that a [...]

The Ambitious-Slut Label and the Woman of African Descent

The Ambitious-Slut Label and the Woman of African Descent

In Ain’t I A Woman, bell hooks interrogates the black woman’s experience with gender in America. A sentence that resonates years after first encountering the text, is, and I paraphrase, that regardless of what walk of life a black woman hones, she’s assumed to be “selling.” This phrase conveys a poignant truth that continues to [...]

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 [...]