Category Archives: Black Excellence

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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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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Ryan Coogler is Black Excellence

Two years ago I had been itching to see Fruitvale Station.  While the rest of my family went to go see something that was probably terrible, I made my way into the old seats of The Magic Johnson Theatre in Baldwin Hills.  Though I had only heard rave reviews, I didn’t quite know what to expect from this small film from a new director.  Not only did the film blow me away, but I felt compelled to tell the world about it.  Many of the conversations I had in the weeks after seeing the film had some version of “Have you heard of this movie Fruitvale Station?”, “Have you seen Fruitvale?”, “Yo, Fruitvale Station though…”.  The film’s director, Ryan Coogler, proved to be a master filmmaker.


With Creed Ryan Coogler has done it again.

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Lady Leshurr is Black Excellence

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: There is no pop culture without Black women.  Today in Black Excellence/Slayage we have Lady Leshurr: British rapper from Birmingham whose buzz has traveled across the pond.  Not only does Leshurr flawlessly blend genres, but her flow is sick.   Lady Leshurr takes me to England, the Caribbean, and NYC all in one verse, and I am SO here for the ride.  I could gush all day, but I figured I’d let y’all know about her genius before you have to Shazam that Samsung commercial.  Oh, and if “Queen’s Speech 4” (Yes, there is a 1, 2, and 3) wasn’t giving you life already…SHE IS FREESTYLING!!!!!  Whew! Girl slay; I’ll be over in the states dancing like Beyoncé in 7/11.


Note:  Normally this blog analyzes pop culture through a critical lens, but sometimes we all need to rest our critical eye and enjoy some Black Excellence.




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