Quote of the Day

Slavery in America stripped Africans of their humanity, reducing them to three fifths of a person. Imagine the psychological trauma that had on the oppressed and the oppressor alike. Healing from this kind of trauma comes only from an honest confrontation with one’s past. Until we are willing to deal with this historical context, roll up our sleeves, reach into the dirt and pull it up from the root, we can expect this monster of a problem not only to grow but also to hamper the development and sustainability of this country for generations. – Nate Parker, Actor and Activist, Essence Magazine, Black Lives Matter: What We Must Do Now, February 2015

Why We Still Need Slavery Films

Roots: The Saga of an American Family book cover

Roots: The Saga of an American Family book cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the History Channel airs its retelling of the 1970’s highly acclaimed and controversial Roots mini-series tonight, many voices across social media are sighing in disapproval. The consensus is that some blacks are simply tired of seeing slave films. Narratives that-while historical-only depict black people in victimized roles. ‘How many times must we be reminded of the painful and despicable history of our ancestors?’ And I say, let us be reminded seventy-seven times seventy-seven times over..

The moment blacks demand that the media stop telling our history because it exhausts and depresses us will be the day that America finds it convenient to forget a history it would rather deny anyway. We NEED slave films. (more…)

Boycotting the Oscars is Not the Answer

Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith recently addressed whether or not blacks should participate in events that devalue them and their artistic contributions, in this case the Oscars, which notably and unsurprisingly has no actors of color nominated in this years’ ceremonies including Jada’s husband, Will Smith for his performance in Concussion.

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The Rise of the Other Black Girl

A black girl renaissance is ascending. More frequently black girls everywhere are breaking free from societal-imposed images, expectations and stereotypes. Challenging messages that subconsciously and collectively tell us who we are and what we should be from a very early age. Black girls are flipping the script and redefining for the themselves what it means to be…not just black, but a multi-layered, unique and complex individual. Breaking down barriers by daring to be other (distinct), drawing and checking their own boxes and celebrating those differences.

Adding to the spirit of Grace Jones, Erykah Badu, Whoopi Goldberg, Lauryn Hill, Kelis, Lisa Boñet, among many others these seven young celebrities are now at the forefront (more…)