We forget that it was Oprah Winfrey who handed black pop culture’s one-dimensional image of black men. It was 2004 and social media as we know it didn’t exist. The black blogosphere was still in its gestational phases, and online dating for black folks was relegated to hook ups on Black Planet websites and […]Read more "On Black Masculinities, Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, “Queen Sugar” and “4:44”"
Every once in a while I pose a question on Twitter and actually get some responses. Today was one of those days. I visited fellow blogger Average Bro’s website and I saw his story on the recent news that Tyler Perry raked in the most money in Hollywood for a year between 2010 and 2011, […]Read more "Coonery or Comedy: What’s the Difference? A Case Study of Tyler Perry"
[Editor’s Note: This is the first of five installments of character case studies on characters on creator and writer Aaron McGruder’s comic strip now turned animated series on Adult Swim, “The Boondocks.” I feel that each of the characters epitomize a particular social and political archetype or stereotype that is represented in some aspects within […]Read more "A Character Case Study of “The Boondocks” and Riley Freeman: Is He Homophobic or Just Comic Relief?"