Let’s spook the Mass with a lesson about Class

Aisha Durham, writer of __While Black: Millennial Race Play and the Post-Hip-Hop Generation, refers to Halloween as “a day of racial terror”. On this national holiday, racial cross-dressing is deemed a socially acceptable way to represent otherness. As BrandsOnSale (a business that sells Halloween attire) owner Jonathan Weeks once stated, “Halloween is one day out…

The Hot Red behind a Pink Ribbon

As we near the end of this month, many thoughts come to mind. Of course there are those obvious concerns, such as ‘what costume should I wear to the Halloween party?!’ But then there are more pressing matters, which include one of the most talked about issues of October: breast cancer. Yes, October is Breast…

Reshaping Media Pt. 1: Historically Black

History has shown that the media and entertainment industry have repeatedly depicted blacks in a manner which embraces negative stereotypes. The same is true today, despite the presence of certain positive black media images. In their article Measuring the Meaning of Black Media Stereotypes and Their Relationship to the Racial Identity, Black History Knowledge, and…

Hip-Hop: A Black man’s wealth or cry for help?

One can argue that phrases such as “take it like a man” or “be a man” are deeply rooted in mainstream views concerning masculinity. The repeated use of these sayings in American society, as evidenced by songs such as Michelle Wright’s “Take it like a Man” and Donny Osmond’s “I’ll make a Man out of…

Represent, Represent!

“If you heard on the news…’young black male,’ you’re not gonna’ think anything positive.” This quote, taken from a 1994 performance art event entitled “The Roof is on Fire”, was recounted in David J. Knight’s Beyond the Stereotypical Image of Young Men of Color, a brief article posted in The Atlantic earlier this year. In…