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…

From Michelle to Melania: Femininity, Race and White Supremacy

The morning after the 2008 election, I had an American Literature class with a white professor at a historically black university. This professor would prove drastically inferior to the brilliant black minds to which my education would acquaint me. He also proved consistently discouraging, seizing every opportunity to belittle the writing of a small class…