Class Exploitation: The Humiliation and Debasement of Class Oriented Criminals in Interview Scenes

*This is an essay I originally wrote for my Studies in Film: Crime Adaptions course in Fall 2017.* In 2013, director Baz Luhmann adapted the 1925 classic American novel The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, into a film starring Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby. There is a… Continue reading Class Exploitation: The Humiliation and Debasement of Class Oriented Criminals in Interview Scenes

The Truth About The “Hoe Phase”

Yesterday I was on the phone with my ex. He is happily in a new relationship that he was telling me all about. It was nice to here the excitement and the fervor in his voice as he talked about his partner. After he was finished he asked me about my love life and what it… Continue reading The Truth About The “Hoe Phase”

4 Reasons Why Black Queer Men Code-Switch

This week, The Advocate, a popular LGBT publication, posted an article about Insecure's newest ostensibly gay character, Ahmal (Issa's brother), and code-switching. When I seen the article come across my feed, I was glad that someone was finally addressing it. When I first saw the episode, I clocked the code-switching immediately and just knew that… Continue reading 4 Reasons Why Black Queer Men Code-Switch

So I Know I Said I Was #TeamLawrence, But Uhhh…

(Warning: If you have not watched last night's episode of Insecure (S2, E1), STOP here, go watch it, then come back) The debate on Black Twitter since the season 1 finale is a debate surrounding Lawrence's character. He is a "good guy" or not. After last night's season 2 premiere, those lines are becoming a… Continue reading So I Know I Said I Was #TeamLawrence, But Uhhh…

Ask Avery: “Isn’t White Supremacy Just About Racism?”

A few weeks ago I wrote about respectability politics and why you won't catch me subscribing to them. When I posted the link on my Facebook, I put this as the caption: Afterward, I got a bunch of questions about why I link whiteness (read: white supremacy) with things like homophobia and patriarchy and etc.… Continue reading Ask Avery: “Isn’t White Supremacy Just About Racism?”

Pride and The Police

*singing* It's the most wonderful timeee of the yearrrr! No, it's not Christmas (which is also lit), but it's Pride month. The one month of the year (honestly, Pride celebrations start in April and go through Labor Day, but the official Pride month is June) where LGBTQA+ identifying folks come together and aim up our… Continue reading Pride and The Police

5 Black Owned Businesses To Support This Father’s Day

Is it me, or are men extremely hard to shop for? It can be difficult to find the right gift for the fathers in your life this year, but I got you covered with this short list of exceedingly dope gift ideas. Harrison Blake Apparel Harrison Blake Apparel is one of the best subscription services… Continue reading 5 Black Owned Businesses To Support This Father’s Day

I Am Not Your [Respectable] Negro

So lately I’ve been accused of being “too harsh” and “too mean” to bigots by more than one person. The irony of the statement astounds me every time I hear (or read) it. Sometimes I reply to the criticism (if you can call it that), and sometimes I let it ride. But so it is… Continue reading I Am Not Your [Respectable] Negro

Remembering Jordan Edwards: Miss Me With The Respectability Politics

When I was in high school, I had a 3.6 GPA. I had a good class ranking, captain of the football team, and vice president of my senior class. I wasn't very vocal about these things, so when it came time to discuss plans for after high school, teachers and faculty were shocked when I announced I… Continue reading Remembering Jordan Edwards: Miss Me With The Respectability Politics