City of God [Film of the Week # 6]

Brazil, the 1960s, samba music, and uncut violence. City of God is a film which moves like the ocean. At times, it’s calm and innocent offering an adventurous depiction of life told from the overlooked and (globally) peripheralized perspective of poor Black youth. But most of the time the film is unabashedly candid and roughContinue reading “City of God [Film of the Week # 6]”

‘She’s Gotta Have It’ [1986] Breaking Black Stereotypes in Film

Black people can be superheroes — thank you T’Challa — they can be love interests or the leading actor of a major blockbuster flick. Black characters can be layered and complex as exemplified in Spike Lee’s first feature-length film, She’s Gotta have It. 

We Can Find Peace on this Tumultuous Planet

Nearly a week has passed since U.S. law enforcement officers wrongfully killed the innocent Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. Barely half a week has passed since the Dallas sniper attack which resulted in the deaths of 5 police officers. Similar to all times of political conflict, the masses have been separated into the conservatives, thoseContinue reading “We Can Find Peace on this Tumultuous Planet”

Call Me Black

Negro, N*gger, and African- American. What do these words have in common? If you neglect the third word, the other two words are demeaning, racist and should no longer be the social norm to address a Black American. The belief that the word “African-American” is the politically correct way to address a Black American hasContinue reading “Call Me Black”