My Best Cultural Criticism & Personal Essays

 
 

IN REAL LIFE: 2015 KICKED MY ASS AND I’M PRAYING FOR A BETTER NEW YEAR    

The saying "laugh to keep from crying" has never been so relevant. 

 
 
 
 
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Poles, Power and the Everyday Woman: Dilemmas of the Strip Club Chic 

Going to the strip club for a night out with friends was never something that appealed to me—that is, until I saw other women doing it.

 
 
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Fix Yo'self: My Response To blacks with a bizarre love for the confederate flag  

"It is impossible for us to use or celebrate the flag without blatantly romanticizing or misinterpreting the worst moments of our nation's history."

 
 
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A Flygirl's Lament: Young Millennials Reaching for the Erotic when the Womanhood is Miles Away

As a millennial, my path to accessing the erotic is muddied from being positioned between hip hop's fixation on the pornographic and my status as an "emerging adult."  

 
 
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Unpopular Opinion: Why I’m Not Here For Anonymous Exposing Members Of The KKK 

Sharing unsuspecting people's private information online isn't justice - it's Internet terrorism.   

 
 
 
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American Killers Don’t Deserve Platforms Or Our Time 

The New Yorker’s new feature on Darren Wilson elevates a voice that doesn’t need to be heard, and it’s unfairly giving him the last word. 

 
 
 
 
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Here's what i came to understand about my mom once i became a mom myself

"The relationship I have with my mother is the most contentious, ambivalent relationship I have with anyone I know."

 
 
 
 
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Quintonio LeGrier May Not Have Been A Sympathetic Victim, But He Still Deserves Justice 

The Chicago Tribune published a profile on LeGrier that dragged his character, implying that his checkered past warranted the police's use of excessive force.

ON RAPE, SHAME & SPEAKING UP: THE COURAGE OF DANIEL HOLTZCLAW’S VICTIMS CANNOT BE UNDERSTATED          

Daniel Holtzclaw's rape victims showed us how powerful we can be when we decide not to suffer in silence. They deserve to be celebrated for that.

 
 

Dear White People Skewers College Life as a 'Black Face in a White Place'

Always funny, sometimes flawed, indie-house darling Dear White People finally hits mainstream cinemas.

 
 
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To Deny That Bill Cosby Is A Rapist Is To Deny What Rape Is  

There's not a doubt in my mind that Cosby forced himself on those women, but will he ever be held accountable?

 
 
 
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Of Men & Monsters: In Media, There are No black victims

"If people are ever going to begin to understand the pervasiveness and the effect that racism has on the way people of color are perceived, they have to pay closer attention to how our stories are told."

 
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Rethinking Dear White People: One Viewer Questions Its Depiction of Microaggressions for Today's Youth 

Despite having all the right people in the right place, the conversation Director Justin Simien was trying to raise didn’t actually go anywhere, and the movie (though entertaining) simply regurgitates things we all already know to be true.

 
 
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Debating If HBCUs Are Better Than PWIs Is A Waste Of Time       

Our ancestors fought for our right to be integrated into all aspects of society—especially our nation's classrooms. Criticizing Black students for choosing PWIs undermines that movement.

 
 
 
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Our Sisters' keeper: The Tremendous gains & Horrific tragedies transgender women experience

We have to continue to celebrate the accomplishments of our transgender sisters. By the same token, we have to be alert and responsive when we hear of news of their victimization and criminalization by those who are ignorant and driven by malice and discrimination.

 
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FEMINIST SITES QUIET ON FERGUSON & WE'RE SO NOT SURPRISED

Our country has a history of policing black and brown female bodies...Maybe predominantly white female publications don't know how to talk about or analyze this. However, it is imperative that they learn how. 

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SANDY STILL SPEAKS: HOW ONE BLACK WOMAN IS CLAIMING HER STORY EVEN AFTER HER DEATH   

Despite her death, Sandra Bland’s voice is still being heard on the world’s most widely watched sites and social networks —and it’s shaping how the media portrays her.   

 
 
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Rachel Dolezal Is A Crazy Mockery Of Black Womanhood & I’m Seriously Not Here For It 

The fact that Rachel Dolezal has a choice in claiming blackness is a testament to her white privilege in the first damn place.

 
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Why The Crusade Against Planned Parenthood Will Affect Black Women Most  

As conservatives have been leading campaigns to close Planned Parenthood clinics, they’ve been increasing our risk of death and leaving us without alternatives to protect ourselves. 

 
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Mary Jane is Messy, But I stand by Her Anyway

Despite valid criticism of Mara Brock Akil's hit show, I think it's rooted in people's fear of the single black female stereotype. 

 
 
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Where Is The Rage For Officer Daniel Holtzclaw, Accused Rapist & Abuser Of Power?

A white police officer is currently on trial for raping 13 Black women, ages 17-54. So why is the Black community not outraged at him?   

 
 
 
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Why Black Achievement Won’t Save Us From Police Brutality 

 If the Black Lives Matter movement is going to succeed in its goal of protecting the safety and humanity of Black people across America, we must see an end to respectability politics and to police acting with impunity in a hyper-militarized political state. 

 
 
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Why I’m Here For Ebony’s ‘Cosby Show’ Cover   

The implications of "The Cosby Show's" legacy after Bill Cosby's downfall are an important and unavoidable conversation.      

 
 
 
 
 
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#SorryNotSorry: why i'm here for chad coleman's subway rant

"Black rage is legitimate, and anyone who doesn't respect that doesn't understand the first thing about today's civil rights movement."