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Thoughts: If Black America Were a Country?

If Black America were a country in itself, it would almost certainly look nothing like this. The effort of distilling the statistical plights of the loose entity known as American Blackness into a sweet and potent aperitif of easily digestible infographics is a worthwhile endeavor, especially as a way to show just how disparate our reality is … Continue reading

Genre and Culture in the Modern Golden Age of Television Pt. 2

The Problem **Editor’s note: This post is the second of our entertainment posts from our new contributor nostoryboard. Check her out on twitter at @mashclash and enjoy this three-part exploration on the issues of culture, race, and gender in the science-fiction stories that are told on TV**   Previously, I discussed the expansion in science fiction, fantasy, and … Continue reading

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the USMNT

**Editor’s note: This post comes to us as a contribution from @BaelessSkip. We don’t talk much about the Beautiful Game here, but I know there are some fans. So take a little time to read this if you don’t watch a lot of soccer and enjoy his perspective on why Black Americans should root for the … Continue reading

Genre and Culture in the Modern Golden Age of Television Pt. 1

A Grand Proclamation *Editors’s Note*: This post is the first of our regular entertainment posts from our new contributor nostoryboard. Check her out on twitter at @mashclash and enjoy this three-part exploration on the issues of culture, race, and gender in the science-fiction stories that are told on TV. Television is exploding in new programming, and … Continue reading

Preserve, Protect & Defend

Why is it Suddenly Unreasonable to Ask the President for Help? **Edit**-This piece wouldn’t be possible without a conversation with @bohemianrhapsdy that really challenged my thinking on the issue. Thanks to her for contributing and not letting me off the hook. Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Michael Brown, Michael Brown. One invocation … Continue reading

Five Things You Should Know About Race in America

This guest post on the national environment in the wake of Michael Brown’s tragic death comes to us again from @SeeSenyour. Follow him and check this piece for ideas on how to get involved.   In the wake of the Michael Brown tragedy, my hometown of St. Louis is both literally and figuratively on fire. … Continue reading

#IAmJada

This post comes to us via a generous contribution from Nina Gloster (@boninaapplebaum on Twitter), a friend of 40 Acres who is a filmmaker, a graduate of Spelman College and a phenomenal advocate for women, especially women of color.  A few weeks ago, news hit social media about a rape that gained public attention and caused … Continue reading

The Last Black Man

Summer blockbuster season has become a time to witness  The End. Ends of cities, ends of civilizations, ends of worlds (and the rare ends of universes). This year’s summer box office has had and will have no shortage of apocalypses, with a long list of films featuring the ends of worlds and exciting new replacements … Continue reading

The Time Machine: Life as an Afrofuturist

“To be a Black activist is to be a futurist.” I wrote these words while penning a failed essay for a science fiction digest. I was trying to find a way to relate my personal love for science fiction and my Blackness. The essay was meant to be a literary gumbo of references to my … Continue reading

The Breakthrough

It finally happened. Eighty-five years after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences began recognizing leaders in the still-developing field of film, it finally happened. An honest, painful, but ultimately cathartic film about slavery with a Black director and Black lead actors won Hollywood’s highest award, the first time a “Black” movie did so. … Continue reading