Is Defunding the Police Enough?

Josie Duffy Rice offers a wide breadth of insight on what it means to defund the police, why that call is necessary and how it is still not enough in moving towards a more peaceful and equitable society.

Let’s Talk About Black Panther

It took me forever and a day to get up a Black Panther review but it is finally, FINALLY here. And yes I am talking a mile a minute cause my brain is going 5 ways to the wind with everything whirling, so turn on the captions and grab you a drink. I talked through […]

The Side Eye That Changed the Culture: Gloria Richardson

One of the most iconic pictures of a Black woman doing what she does best, with a simple glance letting you know she has the time and is not one to mess with because she will always stand and fight for the rights of her people, is Gloria Richardson giving the illest side eye while […]

Review of Ava Duvernay’s Documentary 13th

Ava Duvernay’s talent is unmistakable. 13th (released on Netflix) is a beautifully depressing historical look at the criminalization of Black people in America, which holds 1/4th of the incarcerated population in the world. 13th is absolutely heavy, almost a reverse catharsis. Part of me is deeply relieved that a Black woman came through and did what Tariq […]

Birth of a Nation Is A Mediocre Snoozefest

Folks are tiring of the conversation around Nate Parker’s Birth of a Nation, a film that started out this year with much hype and has since been marred in controversy. Previously I published a video analyzing the Penn State rape case that involved Parker and his BOAN co-writer Jean Celestin in the late nineties. Since this conversation […]

Hashtags & Protests Do Not Work #BlackLivesMatter

Hashtags and protesting accomplishes nothing. I’ve been hearing this message a lot of the past two weeks we’ve rolled through the hot heat of July. The summer breeze is stale. Many are trying to figure out what to make of 2016. Seven months in it’s been a hell of year. We celebrated our Blackness and then […]

On Experiencing the Dallas Mass Shooting | #BlackLivesMatter

This is a lot to unpack. I’ve written two posts on this. One on @Medium: I experienced a mass shooting. The words sound heavy but they feel so empty. I am alive, physically whole though confounded with the feeling thatthis happened all to0 easily. Read the post, I Experienced the Dallas Shooting | The All American Mass […]

Orange is the New Black Season 4 Review | #OITNB

Where to begin with season 4 of Orange is the New Black. I marathoned through this season on a Monday, having passively watched the first half to the season that Saturday without really paying attention. Then I got to episode 8 and realized it was getting real, so I rewinded back to the beginning to give […]

Living in Fear & the Blame of Obedience

[fbvideo link=”https://www.facebook.com/NBCNews/videos/1228861243800570/” width=”600″ height=”338″ onlyvideo=”1″] I entirely despise how many Americans believe that creating a society where we live in a state of perpetual fear is the way to a better United States. Do you hate your neighbor that much? We’ve removed the idea of compassion and empathy to replace it with react first, think later. […]

2015 Book List

So here’s my 2015 Book List that has been much requested! I’ve launched the #SmartBrownGirl Bookstore, with my personal recommended reads. The store is linked to Amazon, so all purchases are made via Amazon (in all countries that it is available) and #SmartBrownGirl receives a commission. Audible, is owned by Amazon, so books that have […]

Sandra Bland’s Mistake | #SmartBrownGirl

Sandra Bland was pulled over by Ofc. Brian Encina on July 10th, 2015 in Waller County for changing lanes without signaling. On July 13th, Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell. While many speculate the cause of Sandra’s death, whether she really managed to hang herself with a trash bag or foul play […]

#PopSnark Eps 7 | #BlackLivesMatter & Janay Rice Ain’t Dumb

Girl friend! I have been sleeping on the blog posts that accompany my #PopSnark video series. Forgive me, but soak in the blessing as I play catch up this week and get out all the posts that I owe to my #SmartBrownGirls. Hopefully you have a shirt for every day 🙂 Ray Rice won his […]

Popsnark Eps 6 | Ferguson, Rape & Don Lemon the Coon

#PopSnark is a weekly discussion on everything from the low brow to the high brow, as long as your eyebrows are on fleek. Brought to you by the #SmartBrownGirl shirts and my book #SendItOn, the perfect holiday gifts! Thanks for all your support! I’m so happy to see all the #SmartBrownGirls and Dudes 🙂 who […]

HIV Today: From Tiger Mandingo to the Red Pump Project

The face of HIV/AIDs has changed in our generation. While the perception of the disease has become more humane it is still a prevalent force of the African American community, especially in the rungs of folks who sit on the lower end of the socio-economic spectrum. And even the image of those within the Black […]