Harlem-based writer, Brooke Obie, has some ideas about freedom that you need to hear. In her debut novel, Book of Addis: Cradled Embers, the first book in a three part series, she tells the story of 17-year-old enslaved Igbo girl, Addis, who kills her enslaver, the president of the new country Amerika. In this story, Addis is on the run for her life and for the freedom of her people.
Seeing a movie costs money. Multiplying that cost to cover an entire family trip can quickly turn a trip to the show into an inconvenience.
It’ll probably be a while before the world’s thrown back into debates over relationships with another season of Insecure. But Issa Rae, who starred in and created the series, won’t leave fans without any entertainment.
Issa Rae and Jussie Smolett (Empire) will serve as executive producers for a new web series entitled Giants.
To date, President-Elect Donald Trump’s interaction with Black people has been mostly limited to making vague promises from the safety of rooms full of white faces, painting inner cities as urban dystopias and posing for a few pictures with a couple black celebrities.
Kanye West came under harsh scrutiny for meeting with Trump shortly after being released after the hospital following what’s suspected to be a mental breakdown. The latest Black celeb to make the same mistake and end up in the Internet’s crosshairs after visiting Trump Tower was famed comedian and host Steve Harvey.
“Why don’t you hand in papers in Ebonics since that is how you talk?”
I remember someone asking me this in my early days of grad school. I then explained that, as a student, it was my job to perform particular scholastic duties – including showing a mastery of the traditional APA, MLA, and Chicago Turabian styles of writing.
However, I told him that I use my native tongue – manifested from my years in Oakland, Calif, raised on the music of E-40, Keak Da Sneak and Tony! Toni! Toné!, and on the slang stylings of radio DJs like KMEL’s Chuy Gomez and Sway – in the classroom when I speak because I have no problem being who I am in that space.
But his question made me think about the ways that our use of regional tongues of Black Vernacular English (sometimes referred to as African-American Vernacular English, AAVE, or BVE) is often judged unnecessarily. Not only that, our decisions to use them in particular settings rather than others is often questioned as inauthenticity.
President Barack Obama bid the country farewell a couple of days ago from his adopted hometown of Chicago. However, last night, First Lady Michelle Obama got her opportunity to deliver her parting words to the country while appearing on The Tonight Show.
By: Imani J. Jackson
When a movie theatre packed with people of varied races, ethnicities, ages and genders erupts into simultaneous applause and cheers during a film’s closing credits, it’s safe to say the story resonated. That human happiness is exactly what manifested on Saturday when my mother, a grandmotherly elder, my younger sister and I attended a Hidden Figures showing.
Cinematically, Hidden Figures demonstrates creative power and how to sensitively wield it. Theodore Melfi directed the film and co-wrote the script with Allison Schroeder, which is based on the non-fiction book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.
While interviewing Pharrell Williams, Jenna Bush Hager spoke with the actor, producer, and singer about his involvement in a film called “Hidden Fences.” The main problem here, which millions of viewers quickly noted, was that no such movie exists.
By: Kelvin L. Easiley, Jr.
Where does one seek solace when faith fails? Where do the lost find shelter when the leaders that claim to love them preach “death and hell fire” for the simple act of existing? When the music that once soothed and brought peace only sounds like a cacophony of chaos and the choir’s chorus rings a melody that you and your kind are not welcome?
This past week, two major influencers in gospel music openly spat venomous vitriol from the pulpit to the raucous amens from their respective audiences.
By: George M. Johnson
No one is free unless the black Trans woman is free.
I imagine these are the words that will ring out of the mouths of every preacher and Black person in this nation when we finally reach the day of liberation. A day that will likely never come in my lifetime, as the battle between the “Church” and “State of the LGBTQ” continue to be at odds over who is acceptable in the eyes of man and God. This week, has brought out the some of the worst in people, as two pivotal leaders of the Black church and gospel music community have continued theological warfare on a community that is “tired, weak and worn” – to quote the classic hymn “Take My Hand, Precious Lord.”