9 Things to Help You Understand Jesse Williams, Cultural Appropriation and General Blackness

Black pop-culture this week has been dominated by the firestorm of commentaries and stories emanating from the firebrand acceptance speech that Jesse Williams, the actor of “Grey’s Anatomy” delivered upon receiving Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) humanitarian award at their annual awards show.  The entire transcript is here, and it’s worth watching or reading.  My mind […]

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Dear Black People…

Dear White People Concept Trailer from Justin Simien on Vimeo. In the vein of “Higher Learning” and “School Daze” there is a spoof video that is premiering at 2014 Sundance called “Dear White People” highlighting the interactions of black faces in the white space of ivy league-esque collegiate education.  I watched the trailer, and of […]

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My Challenge to Black Parents and the Continued Pornography of Violence

Over the past two days, two videos featuring black parents videotaping their forms of discipline have made their way onto my Facebook timeline.  Please watch both of them in their entirety, I have some challenges with what’s being displayed. First, I’d like to discuss the young ladies and their father beating them.  Yes, beating them. […]

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A Character Case Study on “Django Unchained”: Django Freeman

Editor’s note:  This is the first of six installments of the characters of the Quentin Tarantino movie “Django Unchained.  Hopefully the subsequent five will arrive more quickly than the first one.  JLL The titular character’s name was initially just “Django.”  One word. As the movie progressed and Django was considered a freeman and introduced to […]

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