On a blistering Sunday, I sat inside shielding my skin, my person from a blessing. When sheets of rains or heaps of snow descend we wish for the sun. When the wind whips about our possessions we bemoan its strength and ferociousness. Yet it is beautiful, warm, well hot and calm today and I cannot … Continue reading What Heals the Earth’s Soul?
There he was in one of his two uniforms, in our early morning history class. His closely guarded secret was widely known. It perfumed his uniform, wrinkled slate gray pants and a lackluster white shirt with a stained black tie that would become a focal point for daydreaming. The stench of him, of his uniform … Continue reading Not the One!
From racism to colorism and nepotism, people of color (POC) have long been shut-out, sidelined and minimized in Hollywood, the entertainment business. The current prominence of black creators and performers is reminiscent of the nineties when The Cosby Show, A Different World and Living Single ruled the airways, remember Girlfriends did not air until 2000. … Continue reading The Disappearing Dark(black)ness Syndrome Persists
Assessing new shows to add to my ever dwindling entertainment pack is a pastime. As a rabid viewer I watch like a doctor, searching for symptoms to determine the most valid diagnosis: strong story, weak characters, poor directing, lackluster casting... There are so few shows that I watch to completion, episode or series. The majority … Continue reading The Most Peculiar Year of Emmy Nominations and Snubs
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)