I am a 40+ single, child-free, Haitian-American, and Black woman living in Brooklyn, with undergraduate degrees in English Literature and African Diaspora Studies. I also hold a master’s degree in The Study of the Americas from the Center for Worker Education (CWE) of The City College of New York. I am a poet, and fiction writer who is currently working on a novel entitled in My Mother’s House. 

My blog writing is about the things that I am passionate about:

  1. Black Women– In 1937 Zora Neale Hurston’s asserted that ”black women
    are the mules of the world,” and in 1962 Malcolm X’s stated that the “most disrespected person in America is the black woman. The most unprotected person in America is the black woman. The most neglected person in America is the black woman.” Today in 2020, Black women globally by every measure: maternity health rates, poverty, and societal practices such as colorism, featurism, texturism, misogynoir, sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and desirability politics, and the appropriation and commodification of their style and certain Sub-Saharan African phenotypes continue to be disrespected, and to function as societal mules while serving as cultural muses.
  2. Sports & Blackness– I specifically use the term “Blackness” and not race because my interest is the relationship of Blackness to professional, Olympic, internationally competitive, and collegiate sports to Blackness and how gender intersects, (Black masculinities, and Black Femininity) and the commodification of Blackness via sport.
  3. Popular Culture & Blackness– music, film, television, literature and visual arts.

PURPOSE STATEMENT: Seeking to interrogate how race as a category of power and difference intersects with national identity, ethnicity, class and gender to function “as an organizing principle in social and cultural relations,”[1] as well as intimate relations, visual and sports culture and constructs of beauty, with a specific focus on Blackness.

[1] Lipsitz, George. “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: Racialized Social Democracy and the “White” Problem in American Studies.” American Quarterly 47, No. 3 (September 1995): 369-87, Accessed February 8, 2008, http://www.jstor.org.

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