Spike Lee is an innovator. His propensity to color outside of the lines and still produce art worthy of praise and consideration speaks to his talent, his foresight, and his creativity. The actor, producer, director and filmmaker has been around for decades, often facing harsh criticism for his work. Now, in 2017, Spike has blessed us with a re-imagining of his classic film, She’s Gotta Have It. With a Spike Lee Joint, you can expect nothing less than shocking, thought-provoking, realness. But most importantly, you can expect a good discussion. This project is no different.
Gil Scott Heron’s famous poem/song, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised, ends with the poignant verse, ‘the revolution would be live.’ Written in 1970, Heron could not have known that amateur cell phone footage captured by regular people would explode virally on social media creating a digital revolution and inspiring The Black Lives Matter Movement.
This has been a rough week. It literally feels like there’s a war going on. And maybe there is. With back to back police involved shootings, and now the chaos in Dallas, tensions are extremely high. And celebrities, who are usually relatively quiet about current events, are speaking out, and like many of us, they’re pissed. Some of them, on the other hand, aren’t so pissed, and rather be drinking Ciroc on a beach, but either way, I’ve compiled a list. Click below.
This won’t be long. It won’t be like the others. It won’t be lengthy and drawn out. It’ll just be. At first, I didn’t know if I could muster it. Anything, really. But I had to write something. I had to write the things I didn’t think I was strong enough to write.
bell hooks wants Beyonce’s Lemonade to bring male domination and the exploitation of the Black woman to an end.
She wants Beyonce, (and her Lemonade) to unilaterally liberate Black women and ALL women, for that matter from a looming patriarchal society that just won’t seem to cut us loose. If anyone can do it, it’s Beyonce. Right?
“It makes me proud. That’s what I wanted. I wanted people to feel proud-to have love for themselves”, Beyonce said with a smile, surrounded by bodyguards as she prepared for her halftime performance.
Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter, the biggest star on the planet, found solace in people being proud of who they were. When you really think about it, it’s one of the most noble things an artist can do-encourage self-love. While this wouldn’t be a problem if Bey’s target audience were white teenage girls battling self-esteem issues, the “people” Beyonce wrote about in her songs were Black, and they were women. For some factions of white America, THAT posed a problem.
I don’t know if I need to say this-but…I think Crystal Wright is trash. Crystal Wright, better known as “GOPBlackChick” on Twitter, spends her days trolling the Black Lives Matter movement, and Black people in general, while pledging her allegiance to the lilliest white of her Twitter followers along with various politicians. She does this, of course, in an attempt to seem better educated and more sophisticated than other Black people-who undoubtedly in her mind are all violent, lowbrow, ruffians that she’d be better off distancing herself from. Frankly, I’m not sure how she can even see clearly enough to tweet all of these awful things with her head so far up white supremacy’s ass and all. But apparently-she makes do.
The recent events at Mizzou have led to nationwide protests, outrage, fear, and of course, the reopening of a 400+ year old wound. While we love to pride ourselves on living in a “post-racial” society, the only thing “post” about racism in America is…well, nothing. The racist incidents that have taken place over the years on Mizzou’s campus have been repeatedly ignored by the school’s administration, and now things have reached their boiling point. As a result, conversations have been sparked about racism, injustice, and the power of athletes-both college and professional, but social media users have also used this as an opportunity to center the ongoing debate about PWIs vs. HBCUs.
Serena Williams is a woman of many talents. She’s the number one female athlete in the world, she has her own fashion line, she’s a spokesperson, she’s a model, and now, she’s an editor over at WIRED. Never afraid to speak up for herself and others, Serena’s latest essay tackles issues of race, gender and equality in the digital age. Click below to read!
Oh how I love Jesse Williams. Let me count the ways…
This actor/activist/former teacher just never fails to make me swoon. It’s rare that a man can be so damn fine, yet so damn conscious, intelligent, and selfless. It’s really delightful, and I’m hoping he has a twin brother that isn’t quite so famous, equally brilliant, and willing to date a regular ol’ girl like me. Here are 8 Quotes that prove exactly why Jesse Williams is BAE.