It’s been almost 50 years since the first black supermodel stormed the fashion world. Donyale Luna achieved the elusive supermodel status after she landed the prestigious cover of British Vogue in 1966. The New York Times described Luna as “a stunning Negro model whose face had the hauteur and feline grace of Nefertiti,” and her… Read More Do You Know Donyale Luna?
The innocence of childhood kept me from realizing how detrimental Ariel and her fellow princesses could be. I couldn’t fathom how their plots would factor into my understanding of femininity, relationships and overall contentment. Ariel, Jasmine, Cinderella, Snow White and the other doe-eyed, beautiful, passive women were my childhood pals. Their presence then still haunts me now.… Read More Were You Ruined by Princess Culture?
The trading of sexual services for cash is often called the world’s oldest profession. Prostitutes and the johns that love them are as engrained in the fabric of the American flag as apple pie, baseball and slavery. The Prostitutes’ Education Network estimates more than 100,000 American women sell their bodies on street corners and in… Read More Is It Time to Legalize Prostitution?
“The Fighting Temptations” is one of the funniest, tongue-in-cheek depictions of the Pentecostal Baptist church. The 2003 movie stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, and uses humor to expose the wickedness flowing through some church pews. In the film, Gooding navigates church politics to organize a viable choir for a gospel competition. His arch-nemesis… Read More Unraveling Nice-Nasty Christianity
I penned this piece for UPTOWN magazine in September 2012. I thought it would be appropriate to cross-publish it here in light of the season two premiere of “Iyanla, Fix My Life.” Iyanla Vanzant is who she says she is. I am a living testament to the power of doing my work in order to… Read More Iyanla Fixed My Life