Fall Television Has Arrived and Illustrates that On-Screen Diversity Is Just Step One

Photo by Chaval Brasil

Photo by Chaval Brasil

It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  There are several reasons to like fall: the seasonal wardrobe, the leaves changing, and pumpkin everything.  What too frequently gets overlooked in the frequent internet posts about sweater weather and basic bitches who like pumpkin spice, is the true gem of Fall: new television.

While others have been voraciously consuming Luke Cage (rightfully so), I have been taking my time and showing a few other new shows some love.  While there are several posts about Insecure, Atlanta, and Queen Sugar to come, I’d like to focus on Fox’s Pitch.  Continue reading

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LEMONADE Sipping, Hair Flipping, Eyebrow Icon, and all around Goddess Zendaya is Our New Mary Jane in #SpidermanHomecoming

It’s no secret that I am exhausted by reboots.  However, sometimes remaking a beloved film and refashioning it for our particular cultural moment can provide opportunities for marginalized groups to have access to more nuanced stories, Ghostbusters being the perfect example.  When Marvel first dropped news that they had regained the rights to Spiderman, and were rebooting the film, I was ecstatic.  I thought this was our chance for Donald Glover or to see Peter Parker make way for Miles Morales.  My hope was of course crushed when it was announced that Spiderman would once again be a White boy with brown hair.  Tom Holland was able to melt some of the ice around my cold, cynical heart with his exuberant performance in the aggressively dull Captain America: Civil War.  However, nothing could have prepared my heart for this.

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Taylor Swift Used the Oldest Trick in the Book but the #KimExposedTaylorParty is a New Ending

Taylor Swift is a very specific kind of “Becky with the Good Hair”.  Swift embodies a very particular and dangerous form of White femininity that has actively participated in violence against Black bodies.  Unfortunately, Swift is neither the first nor the last to wield her white femininity against both Black men and women.  Nicki Minaj and Kanye West are unfortunate victims in a legacy of racist White ladies.  The scripts Taylor adopts are just as unoriginal as her corny ass songs.  Here are some people Taylor Swift emulates/could have been in another life:

  • The slave owner’s wife who upon learning that her husband has been raping some of the female slaves, sells said slave’s children away from her.
  • The White women who were patrons at human zoos and gawked at West African women like Sarah Baartman (kind of like how Taylor Swift gawks at these Black women’s twerking butts).

You may sneer at this seemingly “low-brow” petty fest (or argue that there are more important issues), but this is so much more than memes and hashtags.  A rich, famous White woman employed the strategies she inherited to preserve her image and denigrate a Black man.  This time it backfired.  Today we play The Life of Pablo at full volume.  

Chloe x Halle are #BlackExcellence

Sometimes you sleep on greatness, and then berate yourself for your procrastination.  I have been hearing buzz about Chloe x Halle for at least a year and a half.  The young Atlanta duo’s cover of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts” made them internet sensations.  Then Beyoncé signed them to her label Parkwood Entertainment.  I will repeat Beyoncé, the meticulous show stopper who this year put out one of the best pieces of art I’ve seen in my life, signed them, and I STILL hadn’t heard their work.  Today I remedied the situation. Continue reading

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Black Hair, Iris West, and Colorblindness on #TheFlash


It doesn’t matter what the meta-human of the week cooks up for #TeamFlash every week, we can count on flawless hair and a dope outfit from Iris West.  When I first heard the news that a Black woman was being cast as a main character in CW’s The Flash, I was elated.  When television shows want to focus on diversity and more equitable representation, they generally take the “Agent Carter Route”.  This means White women characters that kick ass, and a man of color (generally a Black man), which leaves us women of color out in the cold.  In fact, we see this same pattern on Arrow, The Flash’s broody, older step-brother*.  Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with The Flash; I formed a real attachment with all of the characters, except Eddie (the personification of the color beige).  However, through two seasons there is one thing that has been niggling in the back of my mind: when do the Wests get to be Black? Continue reading

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Neighbors 2 Gave Me Hope About the Future of Comedy Sequels

At first I rolled my eyes.  It is no secret that I am no fan of the Hollywood sequel mill.  I thought the first installment of Neighbors was funny.  I laughed out loud  throughout and found out that there is a hotter Franco (HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!?!?!?!).  Despite my enjoyment of the first film, I was filled with skepticism about a sequel.  Luckily, during my daily pattern of scrolling through feminist online spaces, I found Katie Barnes’s review in Feministing.  After paragraph two I was set on seeing the film.  What happened in that theatre both shocked and elated me. Continue reading

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Why Didn’t I Learn Any of This in School: WGN’s Underground and My Lacking Slavery Education

Though I live for period pieces, I honestly don’t really like watching slave narratives (not that there are that many to choose from). So when I saw the first advertisements for Underground on WGN America, I was skeptical. I mean of course I was going to watch it, not only was the subject matter important, but we got to see Black people at the center of their own narratives. I started the first episode with both excitement and apprehension. I was immediately hooked. Though there have only been two episodes, I am confident that the show will continue to be riveting. Throughout both hours I’ve watched so far, one thought has been niggling at the back of my head: why the fuck didn’t I learn about this in school? Continue reading

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