New Blog in 2016

So here it is a New Year, and in the spirit of new beginnings, I’ve decided to have a separate blog from this site to host my writing that isn’t published by media outlets. While I will still share my pieces published in magazines, it’s always good to have a place to share thoughts on important things without being at the mercy of an editor’s to publish or not to publish rhythm.

It’s called Feminist Noir. A nice double entendre for the things on which I focus. You can check it and follow here! I will be posting fairly regularly there. There are not enough perspectives out there from a black women on feminism, politics,  race,  and certainly using all these lens  to critique films/TV/Media. This new blog will do that.

Stay tuned for more posts!

Rape, Bill Cosby, & Where We Stand in the Black Community

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In the last few days, the unending number of women who claim television and comedian Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them has finally reached its apex. One of the allegations against him falls within the statute of limitations, resulting in the the arrest of the 78-year old. And yet, there are still fans, many of them African American, who deny he would possibly rape anyone. Among his better known defenders are his own wife Camille Cosby, actress Phylicia Rashad, Academy Award winner and The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg and singer Jill Scott (the last two of whom would later publicly backtrack their support) just to name a few. African American critics, particularly on social media, have been quick to castigate these women for their protection of an accused rapist. Comparisons have been made between Cosby’s unfair treatment and everything from the Black Lives Matter movement to White men of prominence who have also been accused of rape like directors Woody Allen and Roman Polanski.

But, beneath these protective affirmations for Cosby lies an African American community, who by in large is circumspect and on the defensive because of a long history of Black men who have been falsely accused of sexual assault and brutally murdered as part of a racist vigilante justice.

To read the rest go to Ebony online