Review: God Bless the Child by Toni Morrison

by Sabo Kpade  Chief among the preoccupations of God Bless The Child is skin shade: a slight variation from the skin colour that is a main raw material in many of Toni Morrison’s previous works. The lens is still aimed on the same target but the focus has been narrowed. Bride is a young woman… Read More

Diary of a “Tragic” Mulatto – Love Minus Zero Over No Limit

In a vivid and sometimes playful account, cultural critic and ‘master code-switcher’ Désirée Wariaro explores racial mixedness. ‘ Ontological doubt’ is a constant companion for the ‘tragic mulatto’ when ‘much of the world is blind to the inherent genius of the way my body dissects and pollutes tradition.’ “Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.” James… Read More

“You’re Pretty for a Dark-Skinned Girl”

by J.N.Salters The Continuing Significance of Skin Tone in “the Black Community” “There’s a rapper, I’ve forgotten his name, he just did a video recently and on the call sheet for auditions, he literally stated “no dark-skinned women need apply.” Isn’t that something?” — Bill Duke, “Bill Duke airs dirty laundry of skin prejudice in… Read More