Moving on the Wires: Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape and Afro Aliens Video Premiere


After watching their Colored Girls Hustle videos, I wanted to give special highlight to these two women and artists, Taja Lindley and Jessica Valoris  and their Colored Girls Hustle artistic creations, including jewelry, poetry and music. I am definitely attracted to their positive message and mission of self-affirmation and self-expression for women of color, whether […]

Read More Moving on the Wires: Colored Girls Hustle Hard Mixtape and Afro Aliens Video Premiere

The My-Stery: Holidays, Celebrations and The Pleasure of Racist Masquerade


Anyone on social media has probably already come across the shitstorm of white people dressing in blackface/brownface costumes. The recent events have included dancer and actress Julianne Hough‘s Orange is the New Black costume, the 21-year-old Australian woman’s “African”-themed birthday party, the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman costumers, Italian fashion designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua‘s “Disco Africa” […]

Read More The My-Stery: Holidays, Celebrations and The Pleasure of Racist Masquerade

Modern Griots Interviews: Renina Jarmon and Black Girls Are From the Future Part 2


Here is part two of the Renina Jarmon interview from yesterday. Below Jarmon talks about the significance of Erykah Badu, Octavia Butler and Janelle Monae, her future plans for Black Girls Are From the Future and the future she dreams of for Black girls: 6) The book includes discussions on Octavia Butler and Janelle Monae. […]

Read More Modern Griots Interviews: Renina Jarmon and Black Girls Are From the Future Part 2

The My-Stery: Janelle Monae and the Struggle for Black Complexity in Mainstream Media


“Narrow views of Blackness lead to a sometimes stalled consumption of challenging art and media.” – Dara M. Wilson While reading the Pitchfork feature on Janelle Monae, some of the issues concerning her art process and the reception of her art reminded me of the balancing act between black intellectuality and black physicality and the […]

Read More The My-Stery: Janelle Monae and the Struggle for Black Complexity in Mainstream Media

The My-Stery: The Different American Realities We Have and Politics of Proof – RIP Trayvon Martin


I feel genuinely weakened and tired from the not guilty verdict given to the George Zimmerman case. I was not shocked by it, but it did feel like another painful smack in the face after you’ve already been beaten several times. During the whole trial, two quotations from Malcolm X came to mind: “If you […]

Read More The My-Stery: The Different American Realities We Have and Politics of Proof – RIP Trayvon Martin