To be Ugly & Gifted…

So, it’s not Susan Boyle’s voice that’s wowing people—it’s that someone that ugly could have a voice that beautiful. Simon Cowell was stunned at the contrast; everyone was. I call her ugly to only say explicitly what is, without doubt, implied every single time someone marvels at how she’s “never been kissed” or has “never…

Solange, Smokey & Obama

One of my favorite songs of 2008 was “I’ve Decided” by Solange (the much underappreciated younger sister of Beyonce) Knowles. Weeks ago, while driving around in freezing Chicago, my sisters and I had the song on repeat, LOUD. It took me a minute to figure out why I liked the song so much. The Neptunes-produced…

i mean, i can’t front on barack

Let’s be clear about it; Barack Obama had my vote long before he made this brilliant speech: I was stunned after reading only partial transcripts of it online. I instant message my ex-boyfriend, “Wow, did you see Barack hold it down?” Yes, he responds. “Barack ‘killed’ it.” I call my Dad while walking to the…

to lauryn (another haiku)

‘coz erykah badu’s new album inevitably brings lauryn hill to the surface and we wonder if ms. hill will ever return for real. and haikus are my lazy way to keep blogging. so ah hem, this is what i came up with: girl, i’m sosorry for what theydid to you.

vote for Erykah?

I don’t know what to say…so many leaders to obey. But I was born on Saviour’s Day, so I choose me… –Erykah Badu, “Me” from the New Amerykah album I raced to my local Target and along with lotion, toothpaste and an umbrella, I remember that today, Erykah Badu releases “New Amerykah”, her first studio…

the rape of britney spears

That got your attention, didn’t it? I paused as I wrote it, looked it up to make sure I wasn’t completely far fetching this one, and indeed, saw that one of the definitions of rape is the “violent, destructive, or abuse treatment of something,” I realized that I am not off. Not in the least….

black girls face: r. kelly (preview)

about one year ago, i completed the film i had always wanted to see but got tired of waiting for someone else to make. here’s some snippets of it: i purposely included the black female subjects of this documentary trying to figure things out and make meaning while they spoke. that’s real to me. in…

united black girls

..is the title of an exhibit i (finally) got to see a couple of weekends ago. a mixed-media display of art exploring “representations of the Black woman in popular culture.” well…this has been my thing for a long hot minute. so of course i was ecstatic to witness it. my homegirl jessica had a piece…

the female experience of racism

I was intrigued when I heard another Black woman use the phrase that is the headline of this article. It sounded different from sexism. And it could just be all words at this point, but whenever I see the larger-than-life ads for Eddie Murphy’s new movie “Norbit,” the phrase rises to the surface again. The…