Category Archives: Entertainment
Random Things I Would Ask and Tell Beyoncé If I Knew Her Like That But That I’m Telling You Because (Essay 7 of 52), It Was 70 Degrees Today, I Rode My Bicycle, and That Makes Me Feel Like I Can Write Something That’s Not So Serious

Do you wear a wig around the house, even when you’re by yourself? I do, and I feel conflicted about…

My Unpopular Opinion on ‘Birth of a Nation,’ the movie I made an unpopular decision to see
movie poster Birth of a Nation 2016

I took myself to see Birth of a Nation earlier this week. (I told you I would.) Short review: well-acted…

The Decade Before Consent

*Trigger warning* The week of August of 15, my news feed was filled with damning articles and opinions about Nate…

Light Women in Yellow

Yellow became my favorite color several years ago because by wearing it, I could prove that my skin is not…

What I’m Still Learning from Prince

I’ve been trying to process why Prince’s death feels so much worse to me than Michael Jackson’s or even Whitney…

A Black Family Memoir from A Different World

Since I see no reason to add to the thousands of think pieces EBONY magazine’s November cover story, “Cosby vs. Cliff,” undoubtedly…

Mad at Bill but Still Wishing for Cliff and Claire
Screenshot of a Cosby Show episode featuring Cliff and Claire snuggling on the sofa

“He is guilty of self-confessed crimes against women such that we should break his albums, burn his tapes and scratch…

What Didn’t Survive?

I passed on the Grammy Awards last Sunday to go see 12 Years a Slave. When I got home from…

Amiri Baraka Told You Tonight’s Golden Globes Would Happen

I forgot the Golden Globes were on tonight, and I tuned in just in time to see Kerry Washington not…

My Best Posts of 2013

I’m a little late on looking back, but I wrote 67 posts in 2013. Here’s my top 10 list of…

Why Mrs. Carter Will Not Set You Free
Beyonce still from "mine"

I said I wouldn’t write about this because I knew I wouldn’t download the album until after Christmas and my…

‘It’s a Different World’ from what this trailblazer thought, but we still love her

  It’s rare you hear a speech other than a eulogy that’s sad, beautiful, encouraging and unexpected all at the…

Flawed Women, Fearless Writers

I started to title this post, “Braving the Bitch,” or “Free to Be Bitchy,” but I was afraid readers would…

Rethinking Celibacy

  April, the only character on Grey’s Anatomy who identifies as Christian and the only one who has conflicts about…

The Scandal of Losing Community

As I mentioned in my post about what I’m into, I watch Scandal religiously. I’ve found, however, that I don’t…

The Dancing Feminist

You know “your jam” instantly. All it takes is the base intro, and no matter where you are, your feet…

Glorifying Gladiators

Is entertainment always glorification? I ponder this question almost every Thursday night as social media lights up with #gladiator hashtags…

The Value of Old Womanhood

I left the gym three-and-a-half hours after arriving there the other day. I’m not obsessed, I promise. One hour of…

Is Segregated Literature a Good Thing?

***Update 6/11/2013: If writers of color need a space to gather, their books need a place to be sold, and…

The Most Important Ingredient for a Good Sex Scene

As you may know, I spent much of this week at AWP’s 2013 conference in Boston. On the last day,…

Rules for Colorblind Casting

I swear, the things I find in weekend reading. I saw a headline in my daily e-blast from The Root…

And It’s Still Not Funny

I wish the Academy Awards had segregated seating. They already sort of do; actors, producers and directors sit in the…

Even When It’s Not on ‘The List’

I think Olivia Pope was wrong about herself on last night’s “Scandal.” I don’t think she wants painful love (which…

Sexy, Feminine, Sensual, Tough: Beyonce’s Perfect Blend

  When I saw the tweets below last night from Dr. Kaila Story, an assistant professor at the University of…

An Open Letter to Shonda Rhimes: Bring April’s Sexy Back
Dr. Kepner

    Dear Ms. Rhimes: Most of the time, I love you and you make me regret not sticking it…

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