I’m finally back from exam purgatory and what’s a better welcome back than discussing the paradox of black soldiers . Today’s Memorial Day, a holiday set aside to commemorate those that died in service to the ideals of the United States. Indeed, memorials are important because in theory they help societies remember the principles they were […]Read more "Black Lives Sacrificed"
It’s been a minute because you know graduate school but I have been aware of all the events that have happened in the last two months in regards to how black lives are treated in America. It goes without saying how the recent non-indictment in the murder of Tamir Rice is beyond a travesty. At […]Read more "My Top Things of 2015"
I’m sure I get plenty of looks in the archives because I always react when find documents where the author is throwing so much shade it makes me wish I had a cup of tea! Take Frederico Smith’s response to people who advocated that Panamanians of West Indian descent assimilate where he wrote, “I vehemently […]Read more "Black People Have Always been Excellent Shade Throwers"
So I am currently reading a lot of historical works that discuss the emergence of the banana industry in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when it occurred to me that the humble banana is an example of cultural appropriation. Yesterday April 16th, young actress Amandla Stenberg, the girl who played Rue in the […]Read more "The Banana: An Example of Cultural Appropriation"
So the Oscars aired last night and they were the whitest Oscars since 1998. This of course caused a lot of anger as the amazing film Selma was almost completely shut out was it not for the Best Original Song and the Best Picture Nominations. It would have been funny if Ava DurVernay’s look into the […]Read more "Why We Still Need to Tell the Stories of Our Enslaved Ancestors No Matter How Difficult They Ar"
So I know I am a day late with this post but the Schomburg archives ate me yesterday so yea but I am here now to talk about this truly extraordinary movie! Selma was all I expected and more. Director Ava DuVernay and the exceptional cast truly brought a humanity to the people during a crucial moment […]Read more "Selma"
I just saw Selma and of course I love it. My post on it will be coming tomorrow I need tonight to think.Read more "SELMA POST COMING SOON!!!"