JayZ’s musical offering "The Story of O.J.", from the album 4:44, harnesses the powerful impact of minstrel cartoons to comment on the complexity-or lack thereof-of racial identity. It is an homage to black resistance, featuring the legendary musician Nina Simone, and flashing iconic images such as Huey Newton as the Founder of the Black Panther … Continue reading Are We Still Niggas? It depends on Who you ask.
Do you identify as a liberal or a Democrat? Do you identify yourself as a conservative or a Republican? Do you identify as neither, and call yourself an Independent? Or perhaps you're a Libertarian. Or a fiscal conservative but a social liberal, or vice versa. What are you? Everyone identifies as something. If you don't, … Continue reading We Need To Move Beyond Partisanship
If you identify as White, whatever your ethnicity, please don't feel guilty for your skin color. Lately it seems that the only conclusion I see people drawing from conversations about race and discrimination is that people with White skin should feel guilty for having White skin. I am here to tell you that this is … Continue reading White Guilt Is Useless
Slumped between some friends in a college dorm in Montpellier, France, I stared at the laptop screen in thinly-veiled disgust. We had come over for a sleepover at their place, a Turkish couple with hearts of gold, and they had made a bong out of a bucket of water, and we were smoking and eating … Continue reading Jay Z’s Moonlight takes Win
The first time I can remember experiencing racism was in Switzerland. My family, as well as my friends and their families, were skiing, and decided to stop for lunch at one of the restaurants on the mountain. At the table next to us, several Englishmen were waiting for their food. When we received our order … Continue reading “Racism doesn’t happen in Scotland” – they said.
Dismantling the Foundations of Trump's REAL Speech on Charlottesville. "I think there is blame on both sides." Amidst the backdrop of a bloody “Unite the Right” rally on August 12th 2017, a Trump-ism more cringeworthy than covfefe emerges. The Alt-left, in Trump’s alternate reality, represents the anti-thesis of right wing extremism. He lays the blame … Continue reading The Many Sides of Trump’s Demise
These days, it doesn't take much to encounter evidence of the fact that we in the West are living in a White supremacist's world. Take this snippet of conversation from a right-wing extremist on 4chan. The screenshot below appeared on the Black Revolution's Twitter timeline: It says: "Don't get trapped in an echo chamber where … Continue reading The Machinations of White Supremacy
Growing up in Brazil, I experienced a childhood most parents would want for their children: carefree, safe, and almost recklessly innocent. I rode horses, took sailing lessons, threw birthday parties with mechanical bulls and bungee trampolines in my backyard. I ate sausages out of the packet and dressed up as a demon for Halloween. I … Continue reading A Stranger’s Reflections on White America
Underground, a fictional television series based on Harriet Tubman and the famous railroad resistance, was recently cancelled. Despite the star power of actress Jurnee Smollett and executive producer John Legend, both vocal activists against injustice in various ways, the show only enjoyed two seasons. Whether it was a question of lack of ratings or opposition … Continue reading Are We Sick Of Slavery On Screen?
It's been over a month since famous Youtube personality and known racist Jeffree Star released his "apology" video. His reputation remains draped in gold and diamonds, his fanbase massive and unbothered. He announces collaborations with other brands and new collections for his own brand left and right. This is not the first time that humanity … Continue reading Jeffree Star Is The Donald Trump Of The Beauty World