Has Hip Hop Become the New Minstrel Show?

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?

After Lemonade: #Real Relationship Goals

When the reality television boom began in earnest, I did not flock to it. I automatically equated it to fool’s gold; glittery with little value much like soap operas and novellas. The genre’s ‘unscripted’ dating, relationship and competition shows troubled me: The Real World (1992), Making the Band (2002), Bachelor Franchise (2002) The Real Housewives … Continue reading After Lemonade: #Real Relationship Goals

One More Reason Melissa Harris-Perry is The Public Intellectual We Need

The void is deafening. I filled it with music. His music. I sat contemplating the impact he has had on my life. He did not compare in immediacy to Luther Vandross, who I loved the first time I heard his voice. He has not traveled the now near ---- decades with me like Soca and Salsa … Continue reading One More Reason Melissa Harris-Perry is The Public Intellectual We Need