Dismantling the Myth

A message to my people

Protestors gather in New York City on June 4th, 2020 | Photo Courtesy of National Geographic

America’s 2020 racial reckoning unpacked our destructive history with a more clear eye view. In these contemporary times and at the expense of our bodies, we were painfully reminded of the constant attack on Black and that racism was only playing dead. One pandemic undoubtedly brought on the realization of…

Injustice + The Black Community

Examining one of the most high-profile Black cancellations

Kanye West during his Yeezy Season 3 Event in February 2016 | Photo Courtesy of The New Yorker

On August 29th, 2021, American rapper and producer, Kanye West’s 10th studio album, Donda was released. The release comes after several delays and widespread promotion, including three listening events and West setting up a recording studio at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

Donda was described by critics as “primarily an…

Controversy + Hidden History

Unpacking the Beyoncé & Jay Z Controversial ‘About Love’ Campaign

The Carters for Tiffany & Co.’s About Love Campaign, August 2021 | Photo Courtesy of PRNewswire

On August 23rd, 2021, Tiffany and Co. announced their partnership with Beyoncé and Jay-Z as the new faces for their About Love campaign. In the kick-off introductory photo, the Carters are shown standing in front of a rare blue Basquiat painting backdrop and Beyoncé wearing the iconic yellow Tiffany Diamond.

Black History 365

Remembering one of the South’s deepest racial tragedies

An aged photograph of Emmett Till

During a conversation with my editor, Allison Gaines, we traded over what was desperately needed for Black bodies in the South. The similarities coming from Southern states were unfathomable and unending. From reform to policy to justice, the South deserves more than what’s currently demanded.

The racial reckoning of 2020…

THE CASE FOR THE 1619 PROJECT: CASE STUDIES/PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

How rejection of racial equality in Florida schools fails us all

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

In the state of Florida, you’re likely to witness the possibilities of one day becoming a Governor, like Ron DeSantis, or a legendary baseball player, like Dwight Gooden. There’s the possibility of becoming a dancer like the great Fernando Bujones or a singer, like Butterfly McQueen. Or a scientist, maybe…

Black History 365 + Anniversary

Celebrating seven decades of publishing Blackness

There was an issue always lying around my house.

Or at the local beauty shop, doctor’s office, or grocery store.

From cover to cover, I saw several faces I had never met, but who still felt familiar to me. Perhaps it was me imagining myself on the cover one day.

Politics + Race Discourse

Examining the Former Secretary of State’s remarks

Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University in 2017 | Photo Courtesy of Brookings Institution

Yesterday during an appearance on The View, American politician and former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice denounced Critical Race Theory:

“I would like Black kids to be completely empowered to know they are beautiful in their Blackness. …

Black Lives Matter

Reckoning with the aftermath of Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special

Dave Chappelle During his 2017 Netflix special Equanimity | Photo Courtesy of Level Ground

Last night as I walked out of the office from work, it dawned on me that some 2,000 miles away, the LGBTQ+ community and allies were walking out of their offices, too.

On October 20th, Netflix employees and the LGBTQ+ movement, staged a walked out, — denouncing Dave Chappelle’s The…

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Freelance Writer & Journalist 📝📚| #WEOC | Blackivist| Editor for Cultured, WEOC, & AfroSapiophile. Bylines in Momentum & AnInjustice! Publications.

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