Where Are the Serious Movies About Non-Suffering Black People?

Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Oscar, did so for her role inGone With the Wind as Mammy in 1939. McDaniel was a formidable actress but, for better or worse, roles that found her playing a maid dominate her résumé because, in her time, domestic servitude was the primary way popular culture could … Continue reading

Young, Gay, and Black in a Southern Town

In 2012, Preston Gannaway was living in Norfolk, Va., looking for a coming-out story to cover for the Virginian-Pilot, where she was a staff photographer. Gannaway met Tavaris “Teddy Ebony” Edwards, a 21-year-old gay man living in public housing in Chesapeake, Va., who came out when he was 16. Because Edwards represented several demographics rarely covered in the … Continue reading

Kids React to Gay Marriage

An incredible new video is making its rounds on the Internet that asks a group of children, ages 5-13, their opinions about same-sex marriage. The video starts with the kids watching two different viral videos of gay marriage proposals and then a brief Q&A about their opinions surrounding marriage equality ensues. Click the link below … Continue reading

Who’s Lovin’ Who?

The video below is an excerpt from the first interview for the documentary Y? Chromosome.  With Fathers Day later this month I thought this video relevant to an already well-known discussion.  Dr. Elijah G. Ward, Professor at St. Xavier University in Chicago, tells the story of an addiction counselor he met who was convinced that in … Continue reading

Graduation…where dey do dat at?

Melissa Harris-Perry Speaks at Wellesley College Commencement 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JO4mepx-7vU&feature=plcp While I went to my college of communication graduation, I did not attend my university-wide graduation particularly because the speaker was a state congressman who, it seemed, was virtually unknown to nearly all of my classmates. The announcement that said congressman would be the commencement speaker … Continue reading