5 Things to Watch, Listen To and Read in July

July is, no doubt, one of the best months for movie and television releases. It’s dead summer, all the kiddos are on vacation and perhaps mom and dad even snuck in a few days. Some of my favorite streaming services are dropping absolute magic – from edge-of-your-seat action to thought-provoking documentaries that make you stop […]

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Esmesha’s Life: Celebrating Hip-Hop Culture at The Dirty South Exhibition at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

I’ve always been proud to be a native of the #DirtySouth. Houston is my home. The South’s enigmatic culture permeates through film, music, fashion and art – and it’s hard to ignore the immutable presence of Southern influence throughout society. I grew up in Trinity Gardens (near Fifth Ward) and my childhood resonated with the […]

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The Power of “Staying Woke” and Why I’m Never Going Back to Sleep

When comedian-turned-director¬†Jordan Peele wrote his blockbuster hit film Get Out, I wonder if he truly understood how much of an impact it would have on us Generation Y babies. If you haven’t checked out the movie,¬† it’s a must see – especially for young, Black professionals. Get Out is a racially-charged phenom that has challenged […]

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Tone Deaf: The Ongoing Fascination of Light Skin vs. Dark Skin in Black Culture

Within the Black community, we have a tendency to dismiss trends as mere “jokes” or cast them to hills as hilarious memes or “social media entertainment”. Yet, when the laughter turns to outrage for being too light or too dark – the imaginary line that was drawn is immediately thrust to the forefront as “crossing […]

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