HBO’s The Wire Season 1 Cover Art
HBO’s The Wire Season 1 Cover Art
HBO’s The Wire

In 2020, you mustn’t search far for vivid picture of what life in America looks like. Whether its TV shows that discuss police brutality, art that portrays the necessity of the Black Lives Matter movement, poetry that defines political corruption, or protest centered on the dangers of living as a black person. With the overwhelming amount of content out that is shining a new light on what it means to be black, I want to try and understand the relevance of blue. For folks like myself, injustice is evident. Equality is still a dream unattainable without mass reform and reparations…


http://cinemaforall.org.uk/moonlight-at-cinema-for-all/

I remember my first encounter with toxic masculinity long before I knew what it was, what it meant, or why it was a crippling factor in the Black community. I was roughly eight or nine years old spending a one of those stick to your skin type heat summer afternoons with my cousins in Jersey. Profusely sweating from an aggressive game of ‘keep away’ that was only intended for taunting and isolating the youngest of the bunch, i.e., myself. With the excitement of the game building and my stamina rising, I had pushed one of my male cousins with a…


Black-sentation- Doriana Diaz @visualartjawns

I have no problem in stating that as a child, and even today my favorite character in any TV show or movie is the black character or lone character of color. I don’t care if she’s a side character or considered unimportant, because she’ll only become more meaningful to me. I don’t care if he’s the famous token black, to me it only means he can hold his own in a capacity maxed out by whiteness. These characters of color have a special place in my heart solely because they look like me. Looking back, I don’t think I realized…


Black Motherhood — Doriana Diaz @visualartjawns

Let me first start off by thanking Serena Williams. Yes, that Serena Williams whose accomplishments are nothing short of winning the second-most singles titles in women’s Grand Slam tournaments of all time, she was named by the Women’s Tennis Association as the world №1 in singles on eight separate occasions between 2002 and 2017, and she is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes in American history. But I’m not writing this just to appreciate her athletic ability; I’m thanking her because on top of all that, in 2018 Serena Williams publicly discussed the complications she suffered after the birth of…


Afrofuturism — Doriana Diaz @visualartjawns

Surrealism is described as a 20th-century unusual or unconventional art movement that serves the purpose of releasing creative expression of the unconscious mind. Bizzare images, dreamlike landscapes of untamed thought. Surrealism is interested in exploring the minds thoughts and concepts directly as they come. Surrealism through artistic mediums like paintings can appear as incohesive juxtapositions, but are done so deliberately, and organically. Art has always been a tool used to provoke audiences to understand social constructs, societal reforms, and so called “uncomfortable” realities the broader public can’t seem to digest. Which could be an understandable reason black surrealist creatives have…


Audre Lorde | Poetry Foundation

In today’s new wave of feminism, the disenfranchised are condemned to silence. Marginalized groups are ignored in favor of white women and the need to break ceilings. This revolutionary new wave I’ve heard so much about is supposed to be inclusive and intersectional; yet the face of the movement always appears as a white woman in a pink hat screaming ‘this pussy grabs back!’ Being a member of this party, I have the full right to critique it. Thusly, I want to explore the other narratives that aren’t being heard, particularly the perspective of the black queer women. I propose…


www.thelily.com

Why don’t we double-dutch anymore? Did we all the sudden forget hot to jump or how to rhyme? Where are those hot summer days spent outside on the egg cooking pavement with black girls a dozen skin justa sizzilin in the sun. Flower like rainbow barrettes adorned in their crowns and glazed mahogany skin make their way to my house because everybody know I got the longest close line. Just perfect for jumping from noon ’til dusk like we was paid to do it. Beads of sweat start to collect ‘round my baby hair but it don’t matter. “Don’t you…

Kiersten Alexis

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