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About halfway through Jenelle Monae’s song “Screwed,” she begins to chant, “See, if everything is sex, except sex, which is power, you know power is just sex, you screw me and I’ll screw you too.” I thought about this song a lot while I read, “The Sex Lives of African Women” by Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah....
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Money is never far from my mind—I’m a Capricorn, after all. When I didn’t have it, I was constantly worrying about how to get it. Now that I have more of it, I am constantly wondering about how to keep more of it and whether I am being too indulgent. I’ve also come of age...
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In Netflix’s remake of the classic Australian show, “Heartbreak High,” the characters Darren (a non-binary character) and Cash (gay/queer) are trying to figure out where their relationship stands. In prior episodes, we’re shown their growing chemistry, but there’s a problem: Darren wants to have sex and Cash doesn’t. When they finally talk it out, this...
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I returned to the movie theater for the first time in three years—the last thing I clearly remember seeing is “Aquaman”—to see Jordan Peele’s latest film, “Nope.” This film made my return worth the wait. I won’t write any spoilers in this, but there are two things that stood out to me. “Nope” is a...
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Before watching “The Underground Railroad,” now streaming on Amazon Prime, I first saw the show’s companion piece, “An Act of Seeing: Barry Jenkins’s The Gaze,” at the Museum of Moving Images. The exhibit’s standout feature was a compilation of moving-image portraits of the series’ cast, staring directly at the camera as life carries on behind...
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You hardly ever see truly sexy movies anymore. Today’s studios focus on blockbusters with three hour run times and comic book characters who don’t seem to have any desire to do anything other than destroy cities as they try to save the world. Where’s the passion, romance, intimacy, or just good ol’ sexual tension and...
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“We Own This City,” written and created by David Simon, now streaming on HBO Max, represents an evolution of public sentiment toward law enforcement. Television, it seems, is finally depicting the abuse of power minority communities have experienced from police for decades. Things have certainly come a long way since fawning post-9/11 police dramas like...
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I want to highlight one of my favorite musicians: Missy Elliot. She is a rapper, singer, songwriter, producer, visionary, and role model. Simply stated, Missy Elliot is Black Girl Magic personified.  In thinking about her career, it is difficult to choose just one song as my favorite. While she was not the first woman rapper,...
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Imagine meeting someone and knowing they’d be imprinted on your soul forever—every encounter you’d have with them would be memorable. A sizzle in your spirit can’t be extinguished, despite circumstances like distance and the social construct of time. You two were written in the stars, instant folklore your descendants will recount on wraparound porches long...
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If you ask any Black person between the ages of 25 and 50 one of their favorite Black love stories portrayed in film is, “Love & Basketball” will certainly be at the top of some of their lists. The film was released Spring 2000, and though it didn’t garner box office success, it has become...
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