Talking Black-ish: Can the Sitcom Defy Expectations?

Last night ABC debuted its highly buzzed-about sitcom, Black-ish. Starring Anthony Anderson (Law & Order, Guys With Kids) and Tracee Ellis Ross (Girlfriends), the show follows Andre "Dre" Johnson, the patriarch of an upper middle-class black family, as he attempts to raise his kids in a suburban neighborhood (read:… » 9/25/14 11:45am 9/25/14 11:45am

Hey y'all! So we're in the post-Cosby Show/ My President Is Black Era of television, and, if I'm being honest, I think this show gets several things right (though not everything). It's hard to judge a sitcom on its pilot episode alone, but Kenya Burris, the show's creator, tried to tackle a lot in the debut and I want… » 9/25/14 11:40am 9/25/14 11:40am

This, Not That: Stories From the Week You Should Read

The trust we extend to others, though not always easily offered, is easily broken. For example, the faith we put into our sports heroes to be exceptional individuals on and off the field, only to eventually find out they aren't as strong-willed and as honorable as we dreamed (or, more accurately, we finally face up to… » 9/21/14 9:00am 9/21/14 9:00am

Words the New York Times Used to Describe Black Women, Ranked

A writer wrote a thing about black women. It is bad. Very bad. Do not read this article. It will make your face do that thing where your eyebrows pinch together and your left eye starts twitching uncontrollably. Below are the keywords from this article, ranked from Bad to The Fuck You Say About Me?! » 9/19/14 2:30pm 9/19/14 2:30pm

NYPD Harassment Stories: Feeling Helpless When an Officer Hits on You

Amid the police terror that has swept the nation these last few months, there has been a missing facet from the conversation: the fact that women are brutalized by cops just as severely as men. For every John Crawford and Ezell Ford there is an Ersula Ore or a Marlene Pinnock (you can view the footage of Pinnock's… » 9/16/14 3:20pm 9/16/14 3:20pm