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, who were guided by affable matriarch Mrs. Edna Garrett (played … Continue reading How Feel-Good Show “The Facts of Life” Tackled a KKK Problem, 35 Years Before Summer 2017

We Built This City On…Racism?

I’m so embarrassed. I just don’t know how much longer I can defend my city. My hometown of Boston and it’s troublesome label of being a racist city. How about “the most racist city ever”? I held a stalwart stance when New Yorkers would ask me, in all seriousness, “Are there any Black people in Boston?” or in a chary approach, they would let it … Continue reading We Built This City On…Racism?

The Brothers Have Spoken: Between The World & Me and The Fire Next Time

by Shardae Jobson I immediately stopped drafting my original review of Ta-Nehisi Coates‘ Between the World and Me after I had skimmed reviews online and read more than once, that he was directly influenced by a specific piece of non-fiction work: James Baldwin‘s The Fire Next Time. Having just completed Between The World and Me, I was eager to write my thoughts about it. I felt a wonderful … Continue reading The Brothers Have Spoken: Between The World & Me and The Fire Next Time