Bill Cosby and his enablers

Long before the Black Lives Matter movement raised the problem of immoral police (and vigilante) violence, African Americans grappled with its reality and the seemingly impenetrable logic which undergirds it. The mind reels at the justifications proffered for killing a 12-year-old child, or the calculation that finds an officer raining blows on someone’s grandmother, or…

Woman Undressed

Woman Undressed is an ongoing series which explores, unpacks and addresses politics surrounding young women and social issues which affect black African women. It is an open space where young black women are encouraged to speak out against hegemonic, patriarchal and racists structures. The series also explores the complexities in the creation of the young…

This Instagram star is deleting thousands of photos to prove ‘nothing you see is real’

For anyone who ever peered at the sun-kissed photo of some Instagram “star” and thought, “This just can’t be real life,” this should be validating: Essena O’Neill, one of Instagram’s bright, beautiful stars, has decided to quit social media — and, in the process, expose how what we see isn’t always what it seems. O’Neill, 18, an…

The discomfiting truth about white feminism: Meryl Streep, Amy Poehler & the movement’s long history of racial insensitivity

After a very unfortunate joke about pedophilia and Blue Ivy Carter in the opening show of a new series produced by Amy Poehler, I waited for white feminists to speak up. I waited for my feminist sisters who claim that feminism is indeed for more than just white women, to make the case about why…

The Mask You Live In

Watch the trailer for The Mask You Live In, a documentary from The Representation Project, which uses film as a catalyst for cultural transformation by challenging limiting stereotypes. The Mask You Live In follows “boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity”. Image –…