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Highlighting Black Women Who Are Shaking Up The TV Industry

Television shows have captivated our attention since the birth of television in the 1930s. Storylines that involve complex characters and dramatic events create timeless memories that span generations. Unfortunately, a vast majority of programming was produced, written, and created by white men. America did not see a woman produce a national TV show until the …

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Is Killmonger A Villain?

“Black Panther” was a monumental film. The film broke numerous records and marked a defining moment in cinematic history. The story following the rise of Wakandan Prince T’Challa, played by the late Chadwick Boseman, was full of complex character development. Arguably the character audiences resonated with the most, besides T’Challa, was the film’s antagonist, Erik …

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Kyle Rittenhouse: America’s Poster Child For The 2nd Amendment

Kyle Rittenhouse is a name that caused a stir in the media lately. If the name does not ring any bells, he is the 17-year-old white boy from Antioch, Illinois who traveled with a semi-automatic rifle to Kenosha, Wisconsin. His purpose? To protect property from looters and rioters within Black Lives Matters protests over the …

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Critical Race Theory Is Not Dividing Our Country, Conservatism Is

Our image of ourselves as defined for us by textbooks and teachers. We not only accepted ourselves as inferior; we accepted the inferiority as inevitable and inescapable.  – Huey P. Newton, Revolutionary Suicide  One of the largest weapons white supremacy used to oppress non-white communities for over four centuries is the public education system. Statistically, Black …

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The Freestyles Are Dropped! The Cyphers Are In! Let’s Talk This Year’s XXL Freshman List

It’s that wonderful time of year again. Hip hop magazine XXL has released its annual freshman class list. In 2007, XXL decided to stir the pot by curating the year’s hottest acts and selecting 11 “freshmen”. These MCs were artists who generated massive buzz after dropping their debut album. Since its conception, several freshmen have …

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It Time For Action, Not Acting

Two weeks ago Congress named Juneteeth a federal holiday. The holiday commemorates the day the last enslaved Black people in Galveston, TX were notified they were free via the authority of the newly signed Emancipation Proclamation. The prospect of citizenship was a godsend after almost 4 centuries of bondage. However, freedom came with several systematic …

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“Monster” Explores The Gray Areas In a Black and White Justice System

When Netflix released the film Monster, based on the 1999 novel by Walter Dean Myers of the same name, it went from underdog to overnight sensation. The Anthony Mandler-directed film made its debut at the Sundance Music Festival in 2018. It garnered little media attention, despite being received well by the audience. Entertainment Studios sought a …

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Have You Seen Netflix’s “Yasuke”? Then You’ll Love These Afro Anime

Last month, Netflix released Yasuke, the newest release from its anime studio. LeSean Tomas, who has also worked on The Boondocks, Black Dynamite,  and Legend of Korra, created the 6 episode series. It incorporates mysticism, mecha warfare, a little historical drama, and major action. The series is honestly a huge win for Black excellence. Award-winning actor Lakeith Stanfield voices the …

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