30 May, 2024

Soft Serve Racism & The Cowardice of the Hood Prank

Twitter leads you to terrible things. Some of the most racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, and homophobic thoughts find themselves in its ethereal pool of consciousness. Still, I found myself taken aback by one in particular. This video known as Nerd Raps In The Hood. The reason why it even caught my eye is due to the […]

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Are We Witnessing The Return of Black-ish TV?

From the 1960s to around 2006, when The WB and UPN network merged, finding Black majority shows, on network TV, wasn’t that hard. Nor finding diverse depictions of Black people. You could find Black people living upper crust lives on The Jeffersons, The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, and Girlfriends; Middle Class […]

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(Video)A Dark-Skinned Girl’s Response to Lupita’s Oscar Win

  Long after Lupita Nyong’o won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 12 Years A Slave I lay in bed awake. Although she was most deserving, past experience has taught us not to anticipate the recognition of talent if possessed by a person of color. We’ve learned to expect very […]

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The Heist: Macklemore’s Hold on Homosexuality in Hip-Hop

“If I was gay, I would think Hip Hop hates me.” Not quite, Macklemore. People still hate you. Sunday night’s Grammy Awards sparked an uproar as breakthrough rapper Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis’s seven nominations landed them four wins. Taking over the music industry with their 2012 album The Heist, selling over 1.5 million records, […]

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Rape and Television’s Scandal

  This post contains spoilers for last week’s episode of Scandal and includes discussion of rape. Originally posted on Persephone Magazine   As I do without fail every Thursday this year, I was enjoying an episode of Scandal while participating in a live tweet. Viewers, staff, and cast interact live while watching the show in a thoroughly modern new […]

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The Top 15 Black TV Shows of All-Time

  The rise and fall of Black TV shows have been a tumultuous one. Beginning in the 1950s with situational comedy Amos ‘n’ Andy, black sitcoms have gotten both their fair share of praises and criticisms. The height of black television was arguably the 90s. Many stations featured shows with all African American casts and […]

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Just How Was Slavery Portrayed Differently in 12 Years a Slave than Django Unchained?

  In various visual media we have slaves and slavery as part of the plot. Be it Daenerys Targaryen being the White Savior to slaves, all of which who are people of color, on Game of Thrones; the use of slavery for the sake of sensationalism, or “Historical Fiction” in American Horror Story: Coven and […]

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Chris Brown and Why Its Easy to Ignore Rape of Black Boys

  The UK paper The Guardian recently published an interview with Chris Brown in which the superstar reveals his first sexual experienced occurred at the age of 8 with a 14 year old girl. While Brown labeled this sexual act as him “losing his virginity” the reality is less innocent. Brown is a victim of child […]

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