To Whom It Should Concern:

It seems almost yearly, if not quarterly, a contingent of individuals in public digital spaces, offer poignant reminders that Black violence, Black death, and Black pain need not be made spectacle to be believed. That is, video footage of Black people being harmed need not be virally circulated online as it does more harm than good. And yet, on Shaun King’s internet, it seems that very act amounts to activism, resistance, or (somehow) transgressive struggle, to some. In fact, it isn’t. It wasn’t. It won’t ever be.

These same logics apply across other contexts, including…


I intended to write a brief post on January 6th to acknowledge and commemorate my one-year vegan anniversary but I got a bit sidetracked with the white supremacist insurrection of the capitol. In any case, better late than never.

One year ago I decided to do a Daniel Fast as a sort of cleanse to start off the new year (and in hindsight, God knows/knew that 2020 needed all of the damn cleansing). The Daniel Fast is a diet restricted to only fruit and vegetable products ( I personally allow fruit and veggie derivatives as long as the other ingredients…


While the fat lady hasn’t sung in this election, I can hear her clearing her throat. — Katie Couric

Katie recited those lines moments before Barack Obama was named 44th president of the United States. I was involved with his campaign in Ohio, and it was my second time voting in a presidential election. The first was Bush/Kerry (with the memory of Bush/Gore) and I was still bitter, seething at the result. So I tried to channel that energy into something useful and I did. …


TW: media violence, digital violence, invasion of privacy, leaked nude photos.

Many of us find ourselves engrossed in what is going on with our favorite celebrities and popular culture in general. I personally do not think that there is anything wrong with being interested in the lives of celebrities. I do believe there is a problem however when that interest turns into entitlement, and even more so into an obsession that reinforces dominance and precipitates violence for these celebrities, women of color specifically. …


I saw Bad Times at the El Royale (BTER) and thoroughly enjoyed it. While there is a lot to write about and I will probably add to this blog when I see it again, I wanted to write about my love for the character Darlene Sweet played by Cynthia Erivo and what I believe she adds to the film. If you have not seen the film, now would be the time to stop reading as a few spoilers will be contained within; although I tried to keep them minimal.

(Some) Spoilers Ahead

From the beginning I’ll say that I had…


I was one of many people devastated when Shonda Rhimes announced that this past season of Scandal would be the last. Part of my strategy for dealing with this particular tragedy was to explore what projects the actors and showrunners would be taking on next and if I could get into them. Kerry Washington has thrown her creative energies behind her production company Simpson Street, which so far has been responsible for the HBO film Confirmation, the upcoming Broadway stage play American Son, and finally the new webseries Five Points.

Five Points geared toward a teen audience was created/written by…


It was some time during the 2005–2006 school year that I walked into the Student Life Multicultural Center (MCC) for a work-study job interview. I already had two jobs on campus, and at any given time as an undergraduate student I worked up to three. If a job site had a non-work-study option I always chose it first, so I could use my work study award at another location (as is the case with many low-income first gen students). This time, I decided to apply at the MCC. When I walked in I was greeted by Ms. Janice (formally) for…


Image for the upcoming (March 2019) release of “Us”

Contains spoilers of “Get Out” and this piece specifically is written for individuals who have some working understanding of social identity and white supremacy, as well as folks who have seen the movie more than once.

In less than one year, Jordan Peele will be releasing his much anticipated film “Us” a follow-up to his successful directorial debut to the film “Get Out.” As far as we can tell “Us” will likely be another “social thriller” that seeks to make some commentary on the way we interact with each other, with race as a central thread. …


At the Dark End of the Street Cover Art

At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance- a New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power by Danielle L. McGuire was a powerful and transformational read that turned upside-down everything I thought I knew about the civil rights movement. While I do not believe that the history books have gotten everything wrong, I would argue that some (many) of the retellings are out of tune and historians have left out specific details and reported them in ways that lack nuance toward how instrumental Black women were to…


My name is TJ, and I am a creative, writer, and current doctoral student at the University of Georgia. Most of my life thus far has been consumed with my status as a student. After graduating from high school with a specialization in music. I enrolled at The Ohio State University (OSU) where I completed my baccalaureate work in Psychology with a minor in African American and African Studies. In my minor, I focused on Caribbean literature and writing by African American women writers. …

Terah J. Stewart

This one time I sang with Rihanna, and occasionally I write things. A lover of of spelling & grammar mistakes. I'm a Creative.

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