‘Insecure’: Growth, Okay?!

The BLOCC is Hot Episode two opens one year after the trip to Stanford University. The BLOCC has taken off and Issa is in Entrepreneur mode setting up events such as a book signing for The Vanishing Half, a gathering for Nathan’s barbershop, and a presentation to woo a local company’s backing for Crenshawn’s, played by Kofi Siriboe (whew, chile), fashion extravaganza. Molly, whose hair has been cut into low natural, is focusing on self-actualization, meditating, and taking on more responsibilities at work. The two have worked their relationship back…

‘Insecure’: The Beginning of the End

Welp y’all, it’s the fifth and final season of HBO’s Insecure, one of the most iconic Black shows of this decade. I’m not going to lie…as a fan of Awkward Black Girl, the original web series that started it all, I feel a way. To watch Issa Rae and her cohorts take this show from a homegrown YouTube production, to a gateway that has opened all kinds of Hollywood doors for everyone involved, has been beyond inspiring. It will be exciting to see where they all land next. Okay, enough…

BTSD: Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder

I am suffering from Black-American Traumatic Stress Disorder. No, I didn’t mean Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. You can’t label an event “post” when it is continually happening. BTSD is not a diagnosable disorder, meaning it has not been validated by any governing body of psychological medical conditions. While I did make it up, this is me searching for a label to describe how I feel with every triggering reminder that Black people are still oppressed in this country. There have been several reminders in the last two weeks: the new…

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

I reached the age of 21 in 1997. My heaviest burden was being carded while trying to purchase my first legal drink. Coming from a sheltered life, I wanted to be grown and do all the things I thought grown people did. I ran out and got my first tattoo. I partied hard and had a good time doing it. I was not the voice of a revolution. I was not a galvanizing force that prompted people to action. I was not assassinated in my bed where I lay in…