Know Your History: Christie, the First Black Barbie Doll.


Harambee, brothers and sisters in struggle! With the blessing of another year comes another chance to celebrate our nappy ass roots and search the forgotten annals of black history. For the last few years, we’ve been bringing you the wildly informative and 100% true and accurate* series Know Your History, wherein we tell you the [...]

Random Throwups.

The first and second installments of a four-part series of mock commercials part of Pierre Bennu’s larger series of paintings and films “deconstructing and re-envisioning images of people of color in commercial and pop culture.”

Had me chortling in all sort of inappropriateness here at the college library cafe.

Check Bennu’s for [...]

Know Your History: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

Look at Animal's pupils. He was totally high here.

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem were an interracial rock n’ roll band that broke racial barriers, headed by Dr. Teeth who was born of a black mother and green father. Originally, the band was known for its edgy, raunchy lyrics; banned in the UK, [...]

Black Power and Pariah at Sundance.

Dee Rees‘s Pariah and Goran Olsson‘s The Black Power Mixtape deal with the Black experience in America, but very differently — after all, we are not a monolith.

The first, is about a young black lesbian coming to terms with her sexuality in the heart of Brooklyn. Movie treatment of queer issues are usually reserved [...]

Review: American Uprising: The Untold Story of America’s Largest Slave Revolt.

When people think of slave revolts in United States history, the Nat Turner rebellion is usually what comes to mind. On August 21, 1831, Turner led a group of slaves in a rebellion that resulted in the deaths of almost 60 white men, women, and children. While I don’t remember ever going into much depth [...]

Bitter Fruit

Before Monday, I can’t say that I knew much – if anything – about Jeffrey Lord. I was probably better off, considering his online column posted yesterday morning at The American Spectator about Shirley Sherrod was breathtaking in its ignorance and shamelessness.

Lord essentially called Sherrod a liar for using the word “lynch” to [...]

Remembering Malcolm

In my more militant youth, I used to argue that May 19 should have been a national holiday. And if it couldn’t be one, then at the least I could sacrifice a day of school or work to commemorate Malcolm X’s birthday.

In retrospect, that was stupid (maybe immature is the better word) because [...]

Your Nappy Ass Roots: Roosevelt Franklin

Brought to you by the letters R, B, and G.

Roosevelt Franklin was a member of the cast of Sesame Street in the early 1970s. The revolutionary character was believed to be African-American based on the way he spoke and his propensity to sing/dance/rhyme/scat in normal conversation. He was the founder of Roosevelt [...]