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Universal Appeal: Television in Black and White

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I have been engaging in many conversations regarding blackness, images, narratives, and television. To be specific, the question that we have been seeking to answer is, why are white television shows considered to have universal appeal and black tv shows do not? To explain away why white tv shows are able to get away with not having any characters of color, except occasionally, if ever, is because these shows speak to the human experience regardless of color. I call bullshit on this. Universal appeal is a way to justify depicting lily white worlds, in other words, it is white supremacy in a nutshell. Real talk, think about it. 

The tv show Friends, about the lives and loves of six friends in a whitewashed illustration of New York City, is considered a show with universal appeal, or the notion that whiteness and the comfortableness of seeing white faces is an experience that speaks to all people, which is white supremacy. There was an attempt to bring in a black love intere…

Black Power and Black Lives Matter

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This past year, I have found myself engaging in numerous conversations about the Black Lives Matter movement and the meaning of black power. People allow the mainstream media to "educate" them and make decisions for them without ever researching for themselves what the truth is; this sham of an election has exposed this repeatedly.  

I remember, after Jesse Williams acceptance speech at the BET Awards telecast, people started circulating a petition to get the Black Lives Matter organization listed as a terrorist group. Rather than recognize police brutality as an issue when it comes to black, brown, and indigenous communities, people like to blame people for their tragedies they experience. 



I came across a photo sometime ago and it struck me just how inaccurate it is. 


White power is used to instill fear in people through violent means. White power is a promotion of white supremacy. Black power is used to instill pride in oneself in the face of that violence. Blac…

Campus Protest

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Around the nation, college students are protesting the racial and sexual injustices they are facing on their college campuses. On Wednesday October 5th, 2016, the Black Student Association at the University of Memphis, staged a protest in response to a situation that took place within the last couple of weeks on campus:







A University of Memphis student found her car keyed and a racist note on her windshield on the morning of Sept. 23 in the parking lot off Central Avenue, opposite Carpenter Complex.






Written on the note were a racial slur against African-Americans, “You dumb n*****s,” and the words, “F**k North Carolina,” said sophomore track and field student, Nicole Lawson.







Read the full article here



Projection of Images in the Media

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As I sit here and watch bell hooks' Cultural Criticism and Transformation and listen to her caution audiences on being aware and critical of images Hollywood projects on us through film, tv, and music videos, I am processing the murders of Tyree King, Terrence Crutcher, and Keith Lamont Scott. I am thinking of how this projection works in news media outlets as well. When a black man is killed, the media demonstrates all the ways he was a bad man and deserving of his fate. When a white man rapes, media tells us about the many ways he can go on and become a great man, undeserving of punishment. 
#Representationmatters#Blacklivesmatters




If Only

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If only injustices enraged you as much as someone refusing to pledge allegiance to a flag enrages you. If only it mattered to you that human lives are not valued they way animals lives are valued. If only people's stolen lives and names are not celebrated through trending hashtags the way a television show's premiere trends. If only the heritage of group mattered the way people scream the Confederate flag's heritage matters to them. If only black lives mattered to you like the first and second amendments matters to you. If only you loved blackness the way you love red, white, and blue. If only you could speak out against injustice of your fellow man the way you speak up for patriotism. If only tomorrow or the next day, or the next, I didn't have to see another video of another life taken away. #BlackLivesMatter



Super Delicious, Creamy Dreamsicle Juice

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For the past year, I have been transitioning from vegetarianism to veganism. It has been a year since I have eaten chicken and fish, however, I have been consuming dairy this summer. I understand that this is a process, so I am not beating myself up too badly. I will say that I am reevaluating my lifestyle and am making conscious decisions to consume only a vegan diet. I am also thinking of being a fullyraw vegan, at least most of the time. 

Last week, I had a stomach virus. It was hard to eat anything, so to be gentle with my stomach and intake nutrients, I decided to make a juice that would be easy on my stomach and help me replenish the nutrients I lost while sick. One of my favorite juices is a Dreamsicle juice. This juice is creamy, smooth, and so flavorful. It is really simple to make. All you need are five ingredients: carrots, oranges, coconut water, pink lady apples, and vanilla extract. You will also need a juicer or a blender as this recipe is great for a smooth…

Appropriation and the Power Behind Racism

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Hey scholars! 

I came across the photo below on some social media platform. What interests me about is how wrong the caption/text is. 




Since we're on the topic of appropriation, I think someone needs to look up the definition. If the Simpsons were black characters, white people dressing up as them would not be considered racist unless they painted their faces black. 
Also, people use the terms racist/racism too loosely. The fundamental definition of racism is to systematically benefit from advantages based on race. We do not have the power to benefit from such a system. While anyone can be prejudice, black people cannot be racist. 


Furthermore, REVERSE RACISM IS NOT A THING!!!! AND ALL LIVES MATTER IS A WAY TO KEEP BLACK PEOPLE SILENT ABOUT OUR PAIN!!! 

Let's Get Physical: The Commodification of Black Women's Bodies

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Usually when I see shit like this, I ignore it, this time I will not. Why? Why white women? Why do you feel the need to post stuff like this? When we, black women, see images and captions like this, we immediately question your state of mind, not perceived inadequacies in us. Why do you think that we that we are jealous of you? I could drag this photo, but I will refrain from doing so. Instead, I will not take a learning opportunity from you. I find it rather insulting that many of you think that we covet features you enhance, the same kinds of features we are naturally born with and have been degraded for, for centuries.
bell hooks wrote an essay entitled, “Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance,” in Black Looks: Race and Representation. In this essay she states, “cultural, ethnic, and racial differences will be continually commodified and offered up as new dishes to enhance the white palate” (39). The other is ‘eaten’ as whites consume aspects of the other’s culture su…

Books: Too Heavy a Load and Storming Caesar's Palace

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In Too Heavy a Load, Deborah Gray White profiles a group of black women who seek to establish a set of moral standards for other black women in the spirit of racial uplift. She notes, “chastity became the litmus test of middle-class respectability…Middle-class status in black society was associated was much with ‘style of life’ as with income” (30). In other words, gender performance was also class performance, targeting white audiences. For clubwomen, defending their womanhood is an assertion that black women are just as feminine and worthy of respect as white women. While attempting to climb social, economic, and cultural ladders, black clubwomen left many behind, feeling that some black women did not measure up to middle-class standards of cultural refinements. Some rural blacks rebuked the “high falutin’” ways of clubwomen. For example, hair straightening techniques were rejected for preferred multicolored headwraps. This form of resistance is a demonstration of gender, race, and …