TMI #1

Yesterday I an older lady was rushing to get to the bathroom. She went in right before me. Then I heard, from her stall, her EXPLODE then the sound of utter relief. Like panting relief.  I wanted to say, “Good Girl!” because I know that there was a moment, a real moment, that she didn’t think … More TMI #1

Conclusion- Where Do We Go From Here?

Conclusion- Where Do We Go From Here? In this thesis, I have explored the visual representations of black men, black women and black couples primarily in film. I wanted to answer the questions: How have loving relationships between blacks been portrayed? How have the images of black love influenced the hip-hop generation? Black representational media … More Conclusion- Where Do We Go From Here?

Chapter III- Hopeless: Moving Past Postmodern Hip-Hop Adolescence

Chapter III- Hopeless: Moving Past Postmodern Hip-Hop Adolescence Love and Basketball and Love Jones are culminations of all of the previous representations with the distinct voice of the hip-hop generation. They stylistically reflect the influences of music videos while addressing the biggest challenge the hip-hop generation faces– how are we supposed to behave? These films … More Chapter III- Hopeless: Moving Past Postmodern Hip-Hop Adolescence

Chapter II- When Ya Say Ya Love Me It Doesn’t Matter- Goes Into My Head as Just Chitta Chatta: Black Womanhood

Chapter II- When Ya Say Ya Love Me It Doesn’t Matter- Goes Into My Head As Just Chitta Chatta: Black Womanhood The black women portrayed in this chapter’s films are perceived as sexually manipulative, emasculating and untrustworthy. Simultaneously, these same characters are often developed in a way that supports sexist patriarchal models. For better or … More Chapter II- When Ya Say Ya Love Me It Doesn’t Matter- Goes Into My Head as Just Chitta Chatta: Black Womanhood

Chapter I- Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile: Black Manhood Part 2

Sexuality was also a source of shame because of the importance whites gave it: the slightest hint of sexual impropriety could get one killed. The reality of black men’s lives is often the antithesis of emotional equality, reciprocal vulnerability, and communicative intimacy. When the thug mentality is about street survival, the fundamentals of a loving … More Chapter I- Never Trust a Big Butt and a Smile: Black Manhood Part 2

If love is not present in our imaginations, it will not be present in our lives: Black Love and the Hip-Hop Generation- Intro

Introduction- This thesis will examine how loving black relationships are being portrayed in film, and will analyze the possible social effects of those portrayals on the marital/ committed relationship practices of the hip-hop generation . Loving relations will be defined as a sexual relationship where emotional equality, reciprocal vulnerability, and communicative intimacy are apparent and … More If love is not present in our imaginations, it will not be present in our lives: Black Love and the Hip-Hop Generation- Intro

I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before- Thesis Prelude

i have an entire thesis i need to have published and out there… why not put it here. duh!! and i have to look at my friend’s pictures and write stories from them. since i’m languishing in office hell, i’m trying to do something that doesn’t involve eating. i’m bored gordeless and don’t really understand … More I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before- Thesis Prelude

My $.64 on that lady that needn’t be named

Today some crazy racist terrorist went into a Black church, prayed with some people then shot them. That’s real. In a state with no hate crime laws. That’s real. Will they fly their Confederate flag at half-mast? Real question. So let’s put this silly bitch to bed.  I’d written it a few days ago for this website, … More My $.64 on that lady that needn’t be named