A revisiting of the film highlights hurdles Black Americans have yet to overcome

Black liberation has long been hindered by Black masculinity. Too often, ideas about how Black people can improve their circumstances don’t benefit anyone who isn’t male and heterosexual. And while many Black men agree that they need to do better for the sake of Black people, there’s rarely agreement about…

Corporate activism feels warm, fuzzy, and progressive, but optics aren’t the same as real change

Reality pierced the NBA bubble when the buzzer sounded ahead of last week’s playoff game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Orlando Magic — and neither team was present on the court. The continuation of the punctuated 2019–20 season had been heavy with “social justice” messaging amid a summer of global…

The Ultimate Guide to Black Men’s Hair

When a haircut feels like the opposite of self-care, follow these steps

The second season of Atlanta, subtitled “Robbin’ Season,” captured a distinct type of psychological horror: the larceny of life itself. Throughout the season, the main characters of the Donald Glover-created FX comedy were relieved of their time, their dignity, and their sense of physical safety. …

Too many times, a progressive image has crumbled under misogynistic acts

Back in 1998, André 3000 put his own spin on that old adage about judging a book by its cover. “Is every nigga with dreads for the cause?” he mused rhetorically on the title track of OutKast’s third album, Aquemini. “Is every nigga with golds for the fall?” The point…

Whether Jordan’s infamous political silence to Jay-Z’s social-justice missteps, we expect Black celebrities to be both endlessly knowledgeable and tirelessly dedicated — but that’s simply not realistic

After 10 episodes spanning five weeks and spawning countless online conversations and memes, The Last Dance took its last step Sunday night. …

‘Hype Man,’ the show’s breakout, destigmatized bipolar disorder in a way few have dared

Dave, FXX’s semi-autobiographical comedy about Dave “Lil Dicky” Burd’s pursuit of hip-hop glory, wrapped its first season last night as one of the most-watched new comedies in the network’s history. On the surface, a White rapper landing a prestige-adjacent show — let alone one executive produced by Kevin Hart and…

Master Class

The ‘Insecure’ showrunner shares his keys to success

Writer, producer, and director Prentice Penny has spent his entire career making the best out of every situation — even though his break was a pretty damn good one.

Penny, 45, cut his teeth in the writers’ room of Girlfriends, an archetype of network sitcom longevity in the 2000s. He…

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