The 72nd Hour and The Good Master

The 72nd Hour and The Good Master

It’s Saturday afternoon, and the black collective now approaches the 72nd hour after the Breonna Taylor verdict. Admittedly, it feels disingenuous writing that last clause, because there was no trial. The verdict was read when the soldiers of white supremacy burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment in March. Nevertheless, I digress. The white media has predictably [...]

Racism and Deflection in an Anti-Black America

Racism and Deflection in an Anti-Black America

Like many Americans, I, she who descended from the abducted Africans, watched most of Biden’s Pittsburgh speech yesterday. His words, juxtaposed the Jacob Blake shooting with “rioting” and violence, a pairing synonymous to following the phrase “black lives matter” with “all lives matter.” The speech betrayed Biden as the coward he is, and underscored why [...]

A Canonized King: Another Perspective on the 2020 March on Washington

A Canonized King: Another Perspective on the 2020 March on Washington

The March on Washington occurred on the heels of a red summer and overtly racist Republican National Convention acting as a platform for the masses to express their frustration with systemic forces. The 2020 March on Washington, held on the 65th anniversary of Emmett Till's murder marks the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s [...]

The Racist’s National Convention, A Black Female Perspective

The Racist’s National Convention, A Black Female Perspective

The Republican National Convention could not have opted for a more appropriate backdrop. The Convention aired hours after a black man, Jacob Blake, was critically wounded by police, as many continued to protest Trump’s Law and Order America, as Hurricane Laura rendered her wet wrath throughout numerous states in the nation, and as the Corona [...]

Vanity Ain’t Fair: Examining The Black Woman as an American Prop Though Breonna Taylor’s Posthumous Popularity

Vanity Ain’t Fair: Examining The Black Woman as an American Prop Though Breonna Taylor’s Posthumous Popularity

If the world had seen Taylor before they could never see her, if she mattered when they could look her in her eye, the readers of these magazines would not have encountered Taylor on the news or as a Covergirl. Rather, she would have been a person they pretended not to see on the street, precluded their children from befriending, or a person who motivated their move to all-white neighbors on the outskirts of the city.

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

The Essence of Black on Black Crime: A Black Female Perspective on “The Truth About Essence”

In the final days of June, a post entitled “The Truth About Essence,” witten by multiple authors under the title #blackfemaleanonymous appeared on medium.com. The authors remain nameless, though they identify, behind a virtual veil, as black women. The post delineates Essence magazine as a hyper-site for negativity under former Shea Moisture founder and CEO Richelieu [...]

Twenty-Five Years A Slave: Identity, Intersectionality, and Cultural Realization

Twenty-Five Years A Slave: Identity, Intersectionality, and Cultural Realization

Carol was a physically beautiful girl. She had tanned dark skin, dark eyes, and thick, curly hair. Intrigued by black culture, and even more so by black men, she sought to consummate her sexual curiosity by juxtaposing herself to black women—seemingly hoping to outshine black femininity with a presumed exoticness. Yet, somehow her invitation to [...]

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 [...]

When the Bough Is Black: A“When The Bough Breaks” Review

When the Bough Is Black: A“When The Bough Breaks” Review

Black Hollywood Veterans Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut appeal to the black audience  lost in the abundant white faces that continue to dominate the big screen. Thus, despite the familiar plot, reminiscent of Fatal Attraction or Obsessed, the film becomes attractive in the still aberrant presence embodied by black actors. Unfortunately, the presumed “black” actors, [...]

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 [...]