Is there anything more vile than blackface? Two centuries ago, they painted their faces with black makeup to approximate their understanding of blackness. These minstrels lampooned blacks as, "dim-witted, lazy, buffoonish, superstitious and happy-go-lucky." Some would argue that today hip hop and its appropriators are donning a new type of blackface. Today's creatives, or artists if … Continue reading Has Hip Hop Become the New Minstrel Show?
I had never watched The Carmichael Show before tonight. In its third season, it opened with a double-header, "Yes Means Yes" and "Support the Troops." Like Cosby and many comedians, Jerrod Carmichael is the creator, executive producer and star. The show is centered on his family and live-in girlfriend. Both episodes were insightful and captured Carmichael's … Continue reading The Carmichael Show Hits it out the Park
At forty-seven, Niecy Nash is an anomaly. Black. Full-figured. Talented. And consistently working in Hollywood. From hosting duties on Clean House to her zany Deputy Raineesha Williams on Reno 911 or the countless other roles on her lengthy resume you know that she can deliver a lethal quip or kind word with perfect timing. Her career … Continue reading In TNT’s Claws, Niecy Nash Leads the Manicure Mafia
My self-esteem isn't as healthy as I'd like it to be but it also isn't in overdrive. When someone likes something I have written, I appreciate it, but my writing isn't done in search for likes or comments. When did our very beings become centered on likes, followers, comments and DMs? I knew the magazine … Continue reading When Liking Magazine Covers Just Isn’t Enough…
In a year when President Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos are lampooning Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in our nation's hallowed halls and at graduations, the black college narrative is even more important. When Ms. Devos said, "HBCUs are the real pioneers when it comes to school choice," it was clear that for her … Continue reading The Black College Narrative: From Hillman College to California University (LA)
Sundance TV is the little engine that could. It was the home of stories that mattered before AMC adopted the now famous tagline in 2009. Brainchild of Robert Redford, it has showcased indies and documentaries before they became a cottage industry in Hollywood. Since 1996 it has had a number of partners Showtime Networks Inc. … Continue reading If you are not watching Gomorrah… (No Spoilers)
I am not 12-34. I am not male. I am not white. As a viewer, I am surely outside of the The CW's target demographic, even after they aged-up in 2012. Yet, some of my favorite shows are of the CW lineage, from the super hero flair to apocalyptic or dystopian dread. I dipped in and … Continue reading What The CWs Riverdale Got Wrong…
The fun and addictive Lucifer is back tonight. With the biblical underpinning of Dominion or Constantine and the charm of Moonlighting, this show hits a peculiarly enjoyable note. The premise isn't revelatory. God's son is a fallen angel who revels in sex, wine and music until he finds hope in a Los Angeles detective. The … Continue reading Is Lucifer Back More Damaged Than Before?
There isn't a hip hop head who does not know The Voice of New York. She is an undisputed hip hop radio icon. Angie Martinez is hip hop. As hip hop matures and new radio personalities emerge, Martinez remains atop the list. Second only to Charlamagne da God, she is as relevant today as she was … Continue reading Book Review: My Voice is a Great Graduation Present
During this age of prestige television there are a lot of great shows available. FoMO, fear of missing out, leads to Series Fatigue. This ailment is seen globally but cases are at epidemic rates in Europe and North America. Its symptoms include vitamin D deficiency from marathon viewing, sleep deprivation/insomnia, weight gain, poor job performance and neglected family and … Continue reading Are you Suffering From Series Fatigue?