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Point 2 • The Dark Cinema of Black Death For the last six years of my life, I’ve worn dark glasses nearly everywhere. Even at the movies. I am standing, waiting for the ticket attendant to lift the velvet rope and let my friend Darren and me in to see Iron Man 3, when our [...]

Last week, Beyoncé took to the Super Bowl stage and performed the arguably “blackest” song of her career, “Formation,” in which she pays homage to the Black Panthers, infamous for their denunciation of police brutality, and rejects the white beauty lens by celebrating her “negro nose with Jackson Five nostrils” and Blue Ivy’s “baby hair and Afro.” The [...]

They say George Stinney, at 14, was the youngest person ever executed by the state. Tamir Rice now holds that distinction. He was 12. Above all else, that fact matters. He had just 12 birthdays before his life ended. If it had been cancer or some other chronic ailment, we’d all mourn the tragedy. Since [...]

The reaction elicited from calling white people “privileged” reminds me of the scene in The Wizard of Oz when Dorothy splashes water on the Wicked Witch of the West and she melts writhing and screaming in pain, “I’m melting!” Although that seems exaggerated, it’s usually about how dramatic the responses are. Online, the rebuttal is [...]

“Guilty.” One word made my night. I’d already braced myself for what I knew would be another acquittal, the latest in a series – a practice even – of injustices to black victims of police-perpetrated violence, so the news that Daniel Holtzclaw would be held accountable for raping 13 black women was a pleasant surprise [...]

As it relates to fighting white supremacy and racism, I hate the term “ally.” I feel like it’s a way to acknowledge and reward people for being decent enough human beings to speak out against oppression. Even more, it takes the spotlight from the marginalized group and shines it onto the people supposedly there to [...]

My mom swears I started speaking intelligibly at nine months. I tend to believe her because as far back as I can remember, I have always been able to find words to express myself. Those who know me personally will tell you that what you read on social media is merely a glimpse. I’m a [...]

On CVS: I remember when People’s Drug Store became CVS. My mother would give me a dollar everyday to spend after school, and on our way home, my sister and I always stopped at CVS. I loved SweetTarts. When I graduated and changed schools, there was no CVS near my new school. So I got [...]

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