Tag Archives: media

September 14

Foolish

The elders been told you. The religious establishment been told you. Old school feminists been told you. Before I was even born, American society had Cassandras warning us of the impending disaster. They told us that there would be unintended consequences of allowing mainstream culture to become more raw, vulgar, and sexually explicit. They asked […]

Election Year: Substance versus Symbols

In five months Americans will elect their next president. I will not make any predictions regarding the victor. Life has taught me the value of taking a wait and see approach to such matters. But with our currently heightened racial tensions I am keenly aware of how politicians are addressing this moment. Last week Joe […]

June 12

Can’t Knock Their Hustle: How I Became a Fan of Nollywood & Why I Support It

The subject of diversity in entertainment media continues to be a topic of discussion in the United States. This was a source of frustration for me in my youth, as my desire to see myself positively represented in media in American media was often unfulfilled. Even in media created by African-Americans, racial stereotypes and Colorism […]

An Unheeded Alarm

In my last blog series I journeyed back to my adolescence and reviewed my complicated relationship with hip-hop. The rise of ‘gangsta rap’-and the explicit nature of the songs of the genre-would lead to intense debates during the 90s. I was reminded of the acrimony between critics and fans of the emerging genre a few […]