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?
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…
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?
When I was twelve I hated going to school. The only day I found tolerable was Wednesday. On this glorious day I got to leave school to alternatively, volunteer at the nursing home or attend religious classes. Unsurprisingly, the church’s school was not a place I grew to enjoy. My unending questions perturbed the nuns … Continue reading Music Blessings?
Unmuting tennis commentators can be as dangerous as reading trite tennis writers. Their goal is completion, match and deadline, not the museum of thought. Their prose can't be mistaken for poetry. They traffic in dreaded clichés, tropes and narratives, delivering formaldehyde to our collective sport brain. We have gone from three channels to digital boxes guaranteeing information overload. … Continue reading Clichés, Tropes and Narratives Oh My!
The Gregorian Calendar or rather the commercialization of it, reminds some and forces others, to offer gratitude, confront difficult truths or mourn mothers on the second Sunday of May. Mother's Day or guilt season, depending on your religion and culture, is upon us. We are inundated with ads reinforcing a need to purchase cards, flowers, … Continue reading Musings on Motherhood
Bud Collins is the father of tennis journalism; Sports Illustrated described him as the tennis historian and the American voice of the sport in print and on TV for decades. With his passing on March 4, 2016, it is unlikely that we will ever have a tennis journalist with his panache and skills. Let's take a … Continue reading Unmuting Tennis Commentators