Fathers, Fairy Tales, and Lies: Why We Can & Should Hold Black Male Celebrities Accountable for Their Crimes

I wrote this back in May of last year, but all the Bishop Eddie Long apologists I'm reading on Facebook brought it back to my mind and renewed its relevancy, at least to my thinking. I will say the same thing here that I said on Facebook about some people's refusal to be silent about … Continue reading Fathers, Fairy Tales, and Lies: Why We Can & Should Hold Black Male Celebrities Accountable for Their Crimes

White Men Will Be Boys, Black Men Will Be Predators: Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, Intersectionality, and the Prevaricating Press

Buzzfeed--the "edgy" Internet periodical--has an article up about the fraternal Sundance cinematic wunderkinds Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. In it, the author--young, white, woman--explains why Parker's history of sexual violence tanked his movie, "The Birth of a Nation, and Affleck's did not tank his ("Manchester by the Sea"). She says Parker was accused of "rape" and put on trial … Continue reading White Men Will Be Boys, Black Men Will Be Predators: Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, Intersectionality, and the Prevaricating Press

Being Insecure: The Complication of Wanting Romantic Love as a Cis Hetero Black Femme Feminist

So I watched the final three episodes of "Insecure"-- If you don't know "Insecure," then you should get to know it. It's entertaining as hell. Even though it trades on some of the most tired paradigms of black entertainment--my least personal favorite being the funny fat friend (since she is who I battle with myself on a daily … Continue reading Being Insecure: The Complication of Wanting Romantic Love as a Cis Hetero Black Femme Feminist

With Her or Against Ourselves

It pains me to have to say this, but I have to say it because I believe it, top to bottom. The fallout from this "hot mic" Trump scandal isn't going to lead him to drop out of the Presidential race. It won't lose him a significant number of male voters, and it won't stop him … Continue reading With Her or Against Ourselves

Who You Calling A ‘Queen’?

So, thinking about the title I would give my politic--feminist or nah--has gotten me thinking about another title that's circulating in black culture these days. "Queen." I don't get called "queen" very often, but when I do, I notice it's in very specific situations. Before or after I read poetry in an artistic venue . … Continue reading Who You Calling A ‘Queen’?

Sugar, Ice, and Tea: On “Lemonade”

We are so tough but so scared--we black folk. It's actually quite a feat. We can manage to survive institutional racism--the trauma, the stress, the constant devaluation, the violence, the seeming endlessness of its pain and suffering. But we can't do a Goddamn thing with love. We run and hide from it like children. So … Continue reading Sugar, Ice, and Tea: On “Lemonade”

In Defense (and Who Would’ve Thought That’d Be Necessary?) of Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

  I was going to start this post by saying, outright, "I can't stand black people," but then I realized-- I'd be falling prey to the same sort of self-abnegation that I'm about to call out in this post. So I changed my mind. But it took me a minute because I was angry. So … Continue reading In Defense (and Who Would’ve Thought That’d Be Necessary?) of Harriet Tubman on the $20 Bill

The Bullshit of Being the “Good” Black Woman

So Ayesha Curry may get her own cooking show. This doesn't surprise me at all. She's such an idealized image of black womanhood. She's married, a mother. She's educated and affluent. She's a former model and actress, light-skinned with straight hair. And she espouses the sort of puritanical "modesty" that men love to hear from beautiful women … Continue reading The Bullshit of Being the “Good” Black Woman

A Black Feminist on the Blame Game

I'm a proud and adamant black feminist. And ever since I took on that designation, in my late teens, I've had a lot of men and women argue with me about how "problematic" it is for me to call myself a feminist as a black woman. The standard explanation that they give me--for why feminism … Continue reading A Black Feminist on the Blame Game

Clothes Don’t Make the Man

So-- I won't recount the videos circulating on social media of DeVon Franklin defending his wife, actress Meagan Good, at a talk where an audience member told her to "cover up" in magazine photo shoots or Amber Rose arguing with hosts Tyrese and Rev Run on their TV show "It's Not You, It's Men" about … Continue reading Clothes Don’t Make the Man