Awkwafina’s Blaccent

Natalie Baltimore Arts & Entertainment, News

Awkwafina is a peculiar actress to say the least. Best known for her roles in Oceans 8, The Farewell, Crazy Rich Asians, and Jumanji, her rise to fame began with her rap career once her song “My Vag” went viral on Youtube in 2012. Nora Lum, (Awkwafina’s real name) was raised in Queens (New York City) by her Chinese-American father, …

Black History in Modern Meals

Natalie Baltimore Black History, Culture

Meal: Jerk Chicken Many modern meals in the Americas have been historically rooted and altered by African slaves. An example of one meal is Jamaican Jerk Chicken. There are many different theories as to the meal’s origins, therefore the similarities between the various accounts are as follows.  Recipe: https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/jamaican-jerk-chicken Although nowadays used with jerk chicken seasoning, the “jerk method” was …

The Media Misrepresent the Revolution

Brian Griffith Archive

Photo by Steve Rhodes via Flickr “We want Freedom. We want power to determine the destiny of our Black community”; this is the first point of the Black Panthers’ 10 point program. The 10 points were centered around bettering the Black community and dissociating from the broader white community.   The leaders of the Party were able to see the …

Newsflash: Pro-Black Is Not Anti-White

Domonique Hamilton Archive

Photo by Stephen Melkisethian via Flickr Recently, Black artists like Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar have made very prominent statements showing pride in their African American roots and raising awareness of pertinent problems within the Black community. However, for some reason many people have taken offense to their performances. These people, a majority of the Caucasian descent, have taken to social …

Watching the Throne

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Carla De Souza Campos via Flickr   With all the recent beef involving rappers Drake and Meek Mill, heated debate has been revolving around who is at the top of the rap game. From the barber shop, to the lunch table, everyone has an opinion about who they think is the best out.   It is undeniable, even …

Barbershop Talk

Jerzy Messan Archive

Photo by Scott Smith via Flickr   The communal environment found in well-established Black barbershops provides customers with a quality haircut, a safe place to voice their opinions and feelings, and an outlet for young men to pick up words of wisdom from their elders. Black barbershops are a place that have a distinct “grit, rhythm, and attitude,” voiced Masai …