Dear friends, Last week the New York State Board of Parole granted Herman Bell release. Since the Board’s decision, there has been significant backlash from the Police Benevolent Association, other unions, Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo. They are demanding that Herman be held indefinitely, the Parole Commissioners who voted for his release be fired, … Continue reading You can help free Herman Bell!
There are some who wait for opportunity to fall into their lap. And there are those who create it themselves. Terrance Anthony is undoubtedly one of the latter. At 25 years old, this visual artist is already making waves in his native Trinidad and Tobago through visceral photography and a thriving feature blog called TVISUAL. … Continue reading Terrance Anthony – In honour of Black Culture
As the the black man continuously strives to promote his identity, balancing and equating himself amongst the races of humanity as we all run towards betterment in life, it must be stated that the black woman in turn has not just fought beside her man, but also confronted various challenges from within her territory on … Continue reading An African speaks on the state of the African Diaspora
In Margaret Atwood's novel The Robber Bride, we can find the following passage: “Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it's all a male fantasy: that you're strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about … Continue reading Kill The White Supremacist Inside You
“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.” -Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland Down the rabbit hole, or through the shot glass? However you decide to plunge into the world of Trinidad Carnival, you’re sure to meet some very intriguing figures. Their origins have been skewed, misinterpreted, and lost as aesthetic appeal becomes … Continue reading Down the Rabbit Hole – T&T Carnival
My friend recently told me that her mom was sitting on the train and some white guy told her to move stating that he doesn’t want to sit next to a black person. I was flabbergasted. Trump reallllyyyy making people think this is a safe thing to do? And he was lucky too, ‘cause her … Continue reading The Trump Effect
Hot take: the beauty industry sucks. It sucks because it relies on hype, preys on ignorance, and feeds off of insecurity. The beauty industry propagates damaging standards of appearance and gender expectations, and it makes money off of this. And finally, the beauty industry--like all firmly established industries in the Western world--is deeply racist. In … Continue reading Tarte and the Art of Being So Racist You Don’t Even Realize It
Hello dear readers, this is Luiza writing. I am starting off this post with my name in the first sentence because I would like my identity to be indelibly associated with this critique of the United States. I want to be known for it. I want to give voice to an indignation that has bubbled … Continue reading Hey Shithole Countries: It’s Time to Boycott the USA
Advertising campaign controversies are becoming as rampant as Hollywood sexual harassment scandals, and not nearly as demonized. While powerful men are being sacked over multiple allegations of misconduct, powerful companies continue to thrive unscathed. Case in point: the monkey business over at H&M. Perhaps inadvertently, they put a plain sweater reading “Coolest Monkey in … Continue reading H&M Conflict is an Opportunity for Black Unity
When I found out Prince Harry was dating a black girl, I was lowkey excited. Are the times a-changin’? I wondered. I kept track of the story, very casually, and as their relationship progressed, I was rooting for them to make that marriage happen. So much so that I actually purchased a hardcopy magazine for $4.99 … Continue reading Meghan Markle: Black or Mixed?