Diversity Dopeness on Project Runway Season 16

Project Runway (PR) Season 16 proves how dope real diversity is because real diversity has no time for tokenism. And real diversity shows you that no ethnic group is a monolith – rather, it includes many different types of folks. Just as there are many variations on the theme of whiteness, there are black people … Read more Diversity Dopeness on Project Runway Season 16

Boy Toys: What’s Wrong with Queen Sugar’s Blue playing with a doll?

  I’m not mad that Blue (Ralph Angel’s young son on OWN’s Queen Sugar) is usually shown playing with a long-haired doll but I know some folks who are. I recently watched the new season premiere with a group at a summer conference and comments abounded questioning creator Ava DuVernay’s product placement. Apparently the doll … Read more Boy Toys: What’s Wrong with Queen Sugar’s Blue playing with a doll?

Father Does Not Know Best: Bill Cosby’s Creep Factor (among other crimes and felonies)

Spoiler alert:  my comments are bout to offend some readers.  Sorry/not sorry.  I’m confused by the people, women especially, who find excuses for Bill Cosby and seriously suggest that he is already “being punished enough” just by the fact that his eyes seem to be screwed up.  WTF.  Bill Cosby is a creep and it’s … Read more Father Does Not Know Best: Bill Cosby’s Creep Factor (among other crimes and felonies)

Don’t get Teacupped*: Were Maxine Waters and April Ryan Distractions From the Real Issues at Hand?

For those few who haven’t heard, recently Congresswoman Maxine Waters spoke about Donald Trump’s troubled presidency in very real terms calling him “dangerous” and indicating he needs to “get ready for impeachment” if the Russian ties are revealed to trace back to him. When Fox’s Bill O’Reilly was asked for a response to her denigration … Read more Don’t get Teacupped*: Were Maxine Waters and April Ryan Distractions From the Real Issues at Hand?

Why Beyonce’s Life Matters (and Solange’s and Ms. Tina’s too)

First of all, Beyonce matters because everyone in the world knows who she is and she is the dictionary definition of fierce.  If you are a Beyonce-hater skip to the next post.  (Full disclosure:  I have a lifetime membership in the Beyhive as well as am the proud owner of a Lemonade tee shirt and … Read more Why Beyonce’s Life Matters (and Solange’s and Ms. Tina’s too)

On Being Called the N Word Again

Actually I don’t remember the first time or other times when I’ve been called a “nigger” but I do remember that they happened.  It was always unsettling, disturbing and fraught.  It happened again recently.  This time I was walking in downtown Boston at night.  The offender was a white, drunk and  homeless-appearing woman who was … Read more On Being Called the N Word Again

Get Rid of Urinals or How to Deal with the Big Bathroom Scare

As most informed people know, on May 13, 2016, the Obama administration, armed with wisdom, compassion and legal backing, issued a directive from the Dept of Education and the Justice Department. (Update:  the-one-who-shall-remain-nameless has since messed with this important issue.) The directive stated in part that a school “must not treat a transgender student differently … Read more Get Rid of Urinals or How to Deal with the Big Bathroom Scare