The first time I saw Monique (Angela Hicks) I immediately identified with her. She inhabited many of the categories I have been assigned: fat, black and kind of pretty given the first two. But she has the one thing I could never muster for very long. She had the electricity of confidence and she delivered … Continue reading Why Monique Scares Us…
Endings are significant. More so when memorable. They form scatter plots of our lives. We all have them with varied data points: graduations, trips, relationships, jobs, television shows... Who can forget the unexpected endings of The Wire, Sopranos and Lost. Good or bad, endings, even en media res, must satisfyingly bring some story points to conclusion. … Continue reading Queen of The South’s Disappointing Season Finale!
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?
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)