Frances McDormand's acceptance speech as Best Actress of the 2018 Academy Awards spoke phonetic monuments of how women feel in our careers. We're stifled creatively, professionally, and -- without a doubt -- monetarily. Our ideas are smothered and unheard because so many times we're not taken seriously. No matter how many awards we win, no … Continue reading Weave-snatching crabpot: Does Frances McDormand’s speech stand for black women?
After seeing Black Panther on opening night, I knew that there would be endless articles of people’s reviews on the highly-anticipated film: Theories of the symbolic meanings; ideas on what the film did for black identity; black progressiveness; successful black films; black superheroes; black characters outside of the negative images of pimps and prostitutes and … Continue reading ‘Black Panther’: Killmonger is the everyday African-American misogynist in denial
Initially, turning 30 jarred me. As a kid, there were so many things I wanted to accomplish by this major milestone. So many things I wanted to see and do. It was nearly like a mythical world or another realm of life that I tangibly couldn't plan, but I just had so many expectations that … Continue reading Finding a sense of self: 30 things I’d tell the girlhood me
Even when I was a little, high-yellow 4-year-old running around with Shirley Temple curls in some random, hot pink tutu when I didn't even take ballet, I complained that there were not enough black people on TV. I've always been vocal and fought for what -- in my mind -- I thought was right. I … Continue reading Collateral beauty: The realization of being a black woman
I remember the first time I truly realized that something wasn't right. I always had some issues before of feeling alone and obsessing over the little things. Then, as I got older, I noticed that they weren't necessarily normal feelings, but also that not many people displayed "normal" behavior. The first time I asked my … Continue reading Stop calling us crazy: Black women and mental health