Tim Reid: Telling black stories after Hollywood

Sister Sister actor Tim Reid talks about his move behind the camera by Zaneta Denny Growing up one of my favourite shows was the American sitcom Sister Sister, about two African-American teens with adoptive parents. Regular laughs and relatable family dramas encouraged me to tune in weekly with my own family. Sister Sister was part… Read More

What is Afrofuturism?

by Micah Yongo You need only cast a quick glance over the considerable career of someone like Isaac Asimov to note the prescient, directive power of science-fiction. The man who coined both the word and idea of robotics in his classic I, Robot and, in his 1964 article, Visit to the World’s Fair of 2014,… Read More

Fathering While Black Part 2 – On a Path of Forgiveness

by Zun Lee Read Part 1 of Fathering While Black Father absence was a personal double-whammy for me: I grew up with a Korean father who was married to my mother, lived at home with us, provided materially but was emotionally distant, and extremely physically abusive. From a census perspective, he’d be considered “present”, yet… Read More

Photo Gallery: Black Actors on Stage and Screen

Vintage images from stage, film, vaudeville, radio, and early television Kicha‘s images represent vintage snapshots into the lives of African Americans. The good, the bad and the ugly. “Even today the motion picture has not quite outgrown its immaturity. It still uses talented Negro players to fit into the ~d stereotypes of the loving Mammy… Read More

Doing the Right Thing: Black Film and TV in a Biased World

by Micah Yongo  ‘You know, where I come from, there are a lot of different ways of being black.’ ‘Well, then you one lucky black man. But see, blood, ‘bout now, where you come from ain’t where you at… Roun’ here, they only got the one way of being black, and sooner or later that’s the… Read More

‘Dark Girls’ The @WritersofColour Review

by Taimour Fazlani Dark Girls is a documentary-film that brings to the screen an ensemble of intimate accounts that entice the audience into a poignant experience which studies the indignities faced daily by dark-complexioned African-American women. The documentary, which is the brainchild of Dr. Channsin Berry also includes interviews with objective psychologists, social commentators and… Read More

Nina Simone – The High Priestess of Soul

Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women’  Tells the story of four different African American women. Each of the four characters represents an African American stereotype in society. “An instantly accessible analysis of the damning legacy of slavery, that made iconographic the real women we knew and would become.” –Thulani Davis My skin is black, my arms are… Read More

J. Cole Is Right About Colorism

But Wrong About The Way It Plays Out In Hip Hop by Anti-Intellect In a recent interview with BET News, rapper J. Cole discussed colorism, light skin privilege, and the nature of both in Hip Hop. J. Cole stated; I can’t say it for sure but I just think we’re still in America. We’re still… Read More

Photo Gallery: Black Families and Couples From Yesteryear

Kicha‘s images represent vintage snapshots into the lives of African Americans. The good, the bad and the ugly. “Everyday Use” is a widely studied and frequently anthologized short story by Alice Walker. It was first published in 1973 as part of Walker’s short story collection, In Love and Trouble. he story is told in first… Read More

Is the sexuality of black women judged differently from that of white women?

Is the sexuality of black women judged differently from that of white women? “the image of white women as the standard of beauty and respectability is dominant throughout Brazilian society. Without making reference to the countless studies that analyze the question of race and representation in Brazilian society and media (and there are hundreds of… Read More