I must say I don’t feel the least bit gruesome for the subtle satisfaction I feel in acknowledging — dare I say, low key celebrating? — someone’s demise. But I don’t. I suppose it helps that Aunt Jemima isn’t actually a person. She’s a construct. An antiquated, racist construct that has now officially been rebranded. Out with … Continue reading Aunt Jemima Is Dead
In this age of social media, it’s refreshing to say, there are still a lot of good old-fashioned letters being written. Of course, they’re not being delivered via USPS – thank goodness, since they’re having their own issues – but these letters are doing a lot to convey the thoughts, feelings and intentions of the … Continue reading Kamala Harris for VP, and the Army of Men and Women Who’ve Put a No-Nonsense Line of Support in the Sand
Okay, so I started watching #blackAF because who wouldn’t want to watch a Netflix original series about a family of black people struggling with something other than sports injuries, being broke, abuse, being chased by police, drugs, booze, sex or gambling addiction, and/or trying to survive in the face of unreasonable and irrational hardship. Yeah! … Continue reading What to Do When You’re #blackAF and a Walking, Hilarious Stereotype
It has been a historic year for black women in pageantry. We’ve seen black women take major crowns before but never in this volume, and never so many in one year. There are five Black women currently holding major pageant titles: Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris, Miss Universe, Zozibini Tunzi, Miss America, Nia Franklin, Miss … Continue reading There’s Something They’re Not Telling You About All These Black Beauty Queens
If I was a white woman, I think I would be considered quite normal. Maybe even boring? But because I’m a black woman, I’m abnormal. Or should I say, special. We’ll go with that. It sounds nicer. Maybe you know what I mean. If you’re a black woman who’s reasonably educated, works either in a … Continue reading Another Episode in the Life of a Black Female Unicorn
It’s gloomy, it’s overcast, it’s inauguration day. I gotta say, I’m sad. I watched on CNN as the Obamas left the White House for the last time, and it truly felt like the end of an era. Not just because I have no idea what the next four years will bring, but because The Obamas … Continue reading It’s the End of an Era. The Obamas Leave Office.
This week, in a 3-0 decision, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission against an Alabama company that rescinded a job offer because a black woman refused to cut off her locks. I don’t want to, but I can see two sides in the issue. Dreads … Continue reading Stay Out of My Hair. Deal with My Work
I’m not one for contemplating the big questions. You know: Why are we here? Does God exist? What’s the meaning of life? I disdained philosophy in college. I had a headache the entire class because my eyes were constantly rolling, and no question ever seemed to have an answer. I’m big on answers: We’re here … Continue reading What Are You Scared Of?
I like Lena Dunham. Rather, I’ve always liked what she stood for. I’ve never watched her TV show, and I don’t often visit Lenny, her web site, but I am aware of her stance on feminist issues, self-love, etc. For instance, she insists that she will not allow Hollywood’s unrealistic and unhealthy ideals to dictate … Continue reading Lena Dunham, Leave Odell Beckham, Jr. Alone