Thoughts on a 21st century Mary Jane Watson

Yesterday I was relaxing on my couch, scrolling through Twitter when I saw a tweet that said Zendaya had been cast as Mary Jane Watson in the 2017 Spider-Man movie.  I quickly looked at a few other sites to confirm, and then I checked the overall casting thus far. Even though I knew that this…

“Bad Feminist”: A Lesson in Discomfort

Reading Bad Feminist made me feel the same way I used to after leaving my Fictions of Black Identity class in college. I spent the first two classes speaking up, as I usually did in small seminars, and then stewing with this nauseating feeling of discomfort knotting in my stomach. The knot grew bigger and…

King of the Black Millennials: “Ta-Nehisi Coates and the Magic Pen”

Anna Webber—Getty Images; Brian Stelfreeze/Marvel Entertainment In the spirit of discussing the very real heroes behind the African and African-American hero that is Black Panther, which Micah began by showing why Ryan Coogler was the best choice for the Panther film, I’m going to introduce you to another artist in T’Challa’s royal court. (Thank you for coming up…

Book Review: “March” (book 2)

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. A million times yes. For anyone who has ever loved the Movement, John Lewis, Blackness, art, literature, or just a great story, this graphic novel is for you. 5 stars. If you missed my commentary on the first book in the series, get yourself caught up. You with me? Great….

Book Review: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell

As a lover of literature, art and Blackness, few things make me happier than Black art; specifically, graphic novels about Black history. It brings together all of my favorite things: intentional word, poignant images and the unadulterated truth of the Black experience in America. During one of my habitual adventures in my local Barnes and…

Review: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

I just admitted to my mother that one of my regrets from college was not taking more African-American/African literature courses. I’ve been acquainted with Ms. Morrison, briefly introduced to Mr. Baldwin and tried to get an audience with Mr. Wright and Mr. Ellison on my own. And while I’m glad I have at least read Native…

Country Ghetto Prodigy

We have a peanut festival where I’m from. Yup. Peanuts. We harvest them. We celebrate them. And then we have an entire festival devoted to them. Where my parents are from, there’s a peanut factory, their little rickety Black Baptist church on the corner of the road, and the 7/11 where my Grandpa used to hang out with his chipped old…

When you see no future

There comes a point where I become nauseous reblogging posts about Ferguson, about the men and women also killed by police brutality and about the blatant racism still alive today. I cried Monday night for so many reasons. I cried because of the refusal to indict. I cried because of frustration at Obama (which I…

Praising History

I have been quite aware of the white washing history trend of history textbooks. I have been aware of the fact that there is always a separate chapter on African-Americans and our history that has always been marvelously unconnected to the rest of the text, as if we were not there for the Revolution, the…