[From the Archives] “Belle” 2014 movie review

[Originally published May 2014; Updated in September 2020] Films about black women, even when based on the original works created and written by black women, are often helmed by male filmmakers once they reach the highest form of flattery: the visual adaptation. As Tyler Perry and Steven Spielberg translated For Colored Girls (2010) and The … More [From the Archives] “Belle” 2014 movie review

In Mansfield, Black Dolls Are A Journey to A Colorful & Hard Truth Past

  A considerable amount of Black history in America has taken place in Boston. It was where Phillis Wheatley, a West African native—who emigrated stateside because she was sold as a slave—became the first Black female poet published in the U.S. It was once home to Malcolm X, who lived in Roxbury with his sister … More In Mansfield, Black Dolls Are A Journey to A Colorful & Hard Truth Past

How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017

first published on MEDIUM, October 3, 2017, LINK The Facts of Life, similar to a lot of 1980s television, conjures warm-hearted memories of adolescent shenanigans and those same characters learning life lessons after an impassioned sit-down with an elder. Unlike a lot of sitcoms of the decade, The Facts of Life’s cast was pre-teen and teen girls, … More How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017