BirdBox, Blindfolds, and Border Walls: Till Fear Do Us Apart

Americans are living in a moment dominated by sociopolitcal fear. Provocations of fear inundate our national conversations and declarations that we should fear others are spewed from the White House. At the core of the MAGA message is fear of the future and fear of change. Birdbox shows us what happens to society when we let fear become the primary glue that holds us together.

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"Am I Good Enough?" A Reflection on Michelle Obama’s, "Becoming"

Becoming is a memoir about many things. It’s a coming of age story, a love story, a story of how a young woman finds her voice, her passion, her power. Becoming is a story about the fortitude of family and the promise of education. It’s a lens into America’s failures. It's an ode to the American Dream.  Becoming chronicles how a young girl from the South Side of Chicago, daughter to working class parents becomes the first African American First Lady of the United States.

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Dirty Computers Got the Juice: An Analysis

Janelle Monae’s latest album, ‘Dirty Computer’ beautifully weaves themes of black resistance, feminism, and self-love while squarely centering queerness and black womanhood. The album and its accompanying emotion picture are groundbreaking. Here, I’ve written an in-depth analysis of ‘Dirty Computer.’ I dissect the songs, the videos, and discuss the potential lasting effects of Janelle Monae’s magnus opus.

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