Category Race

The Aura of the Black Panther

I don’t know how Hollywood arranges for some movies to be blockbusters and some mere crowd pleasers. The Black Panther is a phenomenon and a benchmark in the cultural history of black America. It has a lot to do with the advertising and promotion of the film, but also with fan enthusiasm. The fan enthusiasm, […]

Gun culture and white supremacy

Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz City Lights (2018) Book Review According to Dunbar-Ortiz, the main function of the Second Amendment, is to enshrine the voluntary militias used by white settlers to dispossess Native Americans of their land and compulsory slave patrols to hunt down and capture runaway slaves. […] […]

The Neo-Black National Monument

February was an interesting month. This year.  Most years I barely acknowledge Black History Month, but when I do I celebrate it as Neo-Black History Month. Because of the neoliberalism that has overtaken this generation –the neoliberal subversion of black America. They do it through the art. They do it with the movies and TV. […]

Black Panther Movie: Another Black Face in a High Place

Freedom Rider: Black Panther Movie: A Black Face in a High Place Margaret Kimberley, “There are colored people on screen!” The desire to see a black face in a high place is a legacy of slavery and the century of Jim Crow segregation that followed. The psychological impact of America’s apartheid is enduring, and unlikely […]

Contemplating black divas +Update +

I will be doing a post on black divas. Well, if the crick don’t rise. I’ve been thinking about them for a couple of months now. This is just a quick note so I won’t forget some of what I have been thinking. I was standing in the checkout line at Walmart when I noticed […]

The role of the celebrity in cognitive subversion

Key to controlling the masses is the celebrity. It is through these spokespersons for the elite that they can directly influence public opinion. This is especially true with black celebrities. There is a presumed set of shared values between the black community and the black celebrity and hence   a certain amount of trust  in the […]

Good Negro, Bad Negro

Good Panther, Bad Panther Paul Street   “They are often the kinds of kids that are called superpredators — no conscience, no empathy. We can talk about why they ended up that way, but first, we have to bring them to heel.” — Hillary Clinton, 1996 The latest Marvel Comics science-fiction movie “Black Panther” is […]