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Jesy Nelson and Nicki Minaj don’t seem to understand why Blackfishing and appropriating Black culture is problematic. Let’s unpack this foolishness.

Photo by Gordon Cowie on Unsplash

Let’s start by setting the thematic tone with two descriptive words: “hot” and “mess.” Nicki Minaj was recently trending, yet again, after defending Little Mix’s former member, Jesy Nelson…

Jay Nelson Blackfishing alongside Nicki Minaj | Photo Credit | Nicki Minaj Twitter Account

So, Nicki Minaj is playing with fire once again. A few weeks back, she found herself in the hot seat after spreading false information about vaccines. That’s wild because Black people are more likely to die of COVID, so spreading these lies hurt the Black community. …

RACE + CINEMA

Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga in ‘Passing,’ a film adapted from a book and produced by Rebecca Hall | Credit | Netflix Trailer

“Passing,” which first aired at the 2021 Sundance Film festival, unearthed a lively story from the Harlem Renaissance era based on a novella written by Nella Larsen and reimagined by director Rebecca Hall. …

A teddy bear sits next to a flyer asking for the return of Gabby Petito, who is missing. Image: Getty

The sad story of Gabby Petito’s disappearance resurrects a timely and much-needed discussion about the inequity of media coverage when it comes to missing women and girls of color. …

SPIRIT MEDICINE

The “Forgivenesss” oracle card in the Awakened Soul deck by Ethony.

I’m so tired, family. And I know you are too. Each week there’s a new battle to face and whether it’s impacting us directly or indirectly, we still feel it. And when we focus on all of the negativity around us, peace can start to feel unattainable.

Collectively, we’re facing…

Aaliyah’s self-titled album cover.

Her eyes gazing alluringly through a crimson haze as a sheer halter top embraces her body, the album cover for Aaliyah’s self-titled third album gave an enchanting preview of the sonic evolution the project housed.

The album, which was released on July 17, 2001, marked Aaliyah’s return to music after…

The Statue of Liberty is broken and nearly underwater in this creative artwork. Image: Getty Images

Twenty-eight years ago, famed science-fiction author Octavia Butler published her apocalyptically prescient bestselling novel Parable of the Sower, which illustrated what America would look like when climate change, economic instability, and a white Evangelical Christian fascist movement took hold and converged.

Sound familiar?

The eeriest part about this novel is…

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