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In Kindred, Black History Is the Legacy of Maternal Survival
FX’s Kindred, an eight-episode adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s seminal 1979 novel, follows 26-year-old Dana James (Mallori Johnson), an aspiring Black television writer living in Los Angeles who develops an uncontrollable power: time travel.
Jamia Wilson’s Inclusive Guide Is ‘Not Your Mama’s Feminism’
In 2017, women took to the streets in record numbers. The Women’s March, held the day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, was the largest single-day protest in the United States, and an international call to arms against misogyny and sexism. This resurgence of feminism raised pertinent questions: Who gets to be a feminist and what does it mean to be a feminist today?
50 Years Later, "The Bluest Eye" Celebrates the Beauty of Black Girls
A close look at Toni Morrison's seminal novel.
Beyond the Wand
In Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard, Felton looks back in order to uncover the path forward as he candidly details the surreal experience of being a prominent part of a pop culture juggernaut.
Will the ‘Love Is Blind’ Couples Last? We Asked a Marriage Therapist
In today’s dating landscape, making a connection is as easy as downloading an app. But on Love Is Blind, singles are asked to take a huge leap of faith in testing the show’s central question: Can you really fall in love without seeing the other person first?
In Paper Girls, Tiffany Quilkin Exposes the Trap of Black Excellence
Amazon Prime Video’s Paper Girls, a television adaptation of writer Brian K. Vaughn and illustrator Cliff Chiang’s Eisner Award-winning comic book series, spotlights voices who are typically excluded or marginalized in mainstream science fiction: a radically diverse group of 12-year-old suburban girls.
To Be Young, Messy, and Black: “Luster” Depicts Millennial Black Girl Angst
Review and literary criticism of Raven Leilani’s best-selling debut novel, Luster.
My complicated childhood love for Addy Walker, the first Black American Girl doll
On the thorny significance of Addy Walker, the first Black doll introduced by the American Girl company.
"The Other Black Girl" Magnifies the Everyday Horrors of Racism
Review of Zakiya Dalila Harris's debut novel.
The Pillars of African American History: Ibi Zoboi’s Kwanzaa Picture Book
Like storytelling, memory can carve a path to freedom. As Joan Didion wrote in “The White Album,” “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” In an often illogical, chaotic world, narratives can be a salve or a method of survival. They can help us grasp what Didion called “the shifting phantasmagoria” of the human experience. But what if a community’s identity is intertwined with the incomprehensible cruelties of human bondage?
The #FreeBritney Campaign Speaks to a Demand for Radical Change
A close look at the #FreeBritney social media movement.
How "House of Gucci" Tries to Rehabilitate Patrizia Reggiani
Although Patrizia exhibits some of the classic femme fatale traits, she’s not solely motivated by greed.
From Serena Williams to Michelle Obama: How Do We Portray Black Womanhood?
"The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic" features more than 60 writers unraveling dominant ideas of what Black women are "supposed" to be.
"Framing Britney Spears" Is a Portrait of a Pop Star on Fire
On the New York Times documentary, the public perception of pop stars, mental health, and the media.
Making Fetch Happen: Fiona Apple’s New Album Is a Story of Resilience and Rebirth
Review and music criticism of Fiona Apple's studio album 'Fetch the Bolt Cutters.'