The Troubling Conversation About an Interracial America


A friend of mine, of both Black and White heritage, brought the above video to my attention. The video features rapper A$AP Rocky and artist Lana Del Rey portraying president JFK and Jackie-O respectively, while also playing a bit on Marilyn Monroe’s famous singing of Happy Birthday to JFK. The song’s superficial lyrics seem minimally tangential to the more controversial plot of the video “Tell me I’m your national anthem / Red, white, blue’s in the skies / Summer’s in the air / and heaven’s in your eyes,” but nonetheless the video is interesting commentary not only on an America with a Black president, but an America that’s becoming browner, and unavoidably will have more interracial relationships.

My friend was annoyed (I think), because the video panders to the fetishizing of the “black thug” stereotype, while also being another catalyst for whites to celebrate a “color-blind” America, which doesn’t exist. I agree wholeheartedly, however I depart from my friend in that I feel that the video has enough satirical depth to be given at least some attention.

Healthcare Bill is Upheld, President Obama’s Relieved, & Health Disparities are Still Prevalent in Black Communities

As the political spheres argue the residual effects of the healthcare bill being upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday, I think one of the worse things one can do is make “health” a red and blue political issue. Health: the general ability to have the soundness of a physical body and mental mind. I think we should be happy that the healthcare bill was upheld, however, if we allow the discourse to linger around the ideas capital, and not the issue of health in disadvantaged communities, then I believe we have done injustice to those communities and the entire healthcare discourse. Thus, I believe it to be important to rejoice in the Supreme Court decision, but also to spend some time discussing disparities in health[care] and how we will spark urban health initiatives across the country.

The Biggest Secret of All

I lost a really good friend recently. The last time I saw him was six months ago. He was starting a new job and in really high spirits but something was different. He wasn’t his normal, cheerful self. There was a calculated manner in which he answered my probing questions. He made it clear that he didn’t want to lie to me but he wasn’t ready to let me in on what was bothering him. His girlfriend felt the same energy from him. At first, she felt attracted to his mysteriousness. But as they continued their relationship it started to concern her. He was aloof. He had no answers for all of his late nights and disappearing acts. A thousand things ran through her mind. He’s cheating on me, was her conclusion. And he was.

Kenyan Model Ajuma Nasenyana Speaks Out On Skin Lightening and European Beauty Standards

Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana has spoken out against the practice of skin lightening and the damaging effects of a European standard of beauty.

The outspoken young women is even planning to release a line of beauty products specifically for black women.

From Clutch:

“‘It seems that the world is conspiring in preaching that there is something wrong with Kenyan ladies’ kinky hair and dark skin,’ Kenyan model Ajuma Nasenyana told the Daily Nation.