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Summer M.

My first name is ironic.

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And the Oscar Goes to…

When Octavia Spencer won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress last night, I thought this blog had written itself. All I needed to do was list the names and roles of black women who had won Oscars, make a few comments about some very obvious things, and keep it moving. However, Meryl Streep’s shocking win over […]

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Spilling Whitney’s Tea Redux

Since I have done nothing but act like my mother’s child and mourn the passing of Whitney Houston for the last 10 days, I knew today’s post would be a return, in some way, to The Voice. Early last week, I had resolved to write a fun, lighter post, tentatively titled, “Whitney: Anatomy of a […]

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The Voice: Remembering Whitney Houston (1963 — 2012)

The Voice. When one is colloquially known as such, it becomes easy to forget that such sound emanates from inside a human being. The Voice. A disembodied moniker. So spectacularly general, simply an article and noun sans the dressing of more instructive, clarifying wording: “of reason” or “of God” or “of an angel.” The Voice. […]

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Interpret My Maladies, Or What I Learned from the Super Bowl

Last week, CFC member, Moya wrote a very compelling piece about the way that women of color neglect themselves while they continue to give most–if not all–of their energy to others. Although I have never explicitly identified as an activist or a feminist–crunk or not–I could not help but nod in agreement as I read […]

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The Real Housewives of The Help Go to Africa

Hollywood is so full of liberal do-gooders always on the cutting edge. As such, in advance of Black History Month, they have bestowed many acting awards upon members of the cast of The Help, namely Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who both won SAG Awards last night. Perhaps it was because the embarrassingly entertaining Real Housewives of […]

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Obama Comes to Harlem

Late last week I caught a little flack for hatin’ on Obama’s incredibly brief rendition of the Rev. Al Green’s classic, “Let’s Stay Together.” I’m sure you’ve seen the clip. If not, here: I hear he gave a speech after hitting the falsetto. Of course, that’s not the impression one would get. Those 55 seconds […]

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Happy MLK Day

*Hey folks. This post just magically disappeared a few hours ago. I’m doing my best to repost as I remember.* As the Monday blogger, each year I post something related to MLK Day. Generally, I say something totally inappropriate and nearly blasphemous. I’ve ranted about the lack of sales during MLK weekend; I’ve suggested what […]

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Toure’s Northern State of Mind*

A few weeks ago, writer slash (cultural) critic slash Twitter all-star, Toure published a piece in the The New York Times about the allegedly recent flurry of white women rappers. From rehashing black respectability in an article about Michael Vick, to considering the black middle class in a discussion of the Obamas’ vacationing tendencies, Toure is no stranger […]

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Pariah’s Pariah: A Review, a Critique

*Spoiler Alert* On Friday, Dee Rees’ much lauded independent film, Pariah will expand its release from four theaters to eleven, increasing the opportunity for many to view this incredibly important Focus Features release. Rees’ debut work has deservedly generated a deluge of critical praise, and should at the very least garner a few nominations come award […]

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Celebrating Kwanzaa

Although there was no Google doodle to remind me, today marks the beginning of Kwanzaa, a seven-day celebration meant to honor African American culture. Each day, a different Kwanzaa principle is highlighted to help reconnect folks of African descent. Of course, this is all speculation since I have never nor do I know anyone who […]

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