blackness

Culture

Meet the Black Anime Cosplayers Blowing Up on Instagram

Five cosplayers tell us about their love for anime, finding a community within cosplay, and overcoming racist comments.
Janae Price
5.3.19
tv

The Complications Of Liking 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' as a Black Man

Television shows about good cops are hard to enjoy when you are used to negative experiences with the justice system.
Funké Joseph
3.6.19
Oscars

Why People of Colour Winning at the Oscars Matters

Let’s not deny the importance of the Academy Awards, even if they continue to do a disservice to us.
Noel Ransome
2.25.19
View My Own

Black People Die Every Year From a Liam Neeson ‘Impulse’

Liam Neeson’s brand of racism never comes from an impulse. It’s innate.
Noel Ransome
2.6.19
Art

MoMA Is Finally Giving Legendary Black Artist Charles White His Due

White was one of the first artists to depict black life in fine art. Nearly 40 years after his death, he's finally getting the acclaim he deserves.
André-Naquian Wheeler
10.25.18
tv

‘Luke Cage’ Wasn’t Black Enough to Be a Classic

'Luke Cage' tried to appeal to every audience. And the show's quality suffered because of it.
Noel Ransome
10.24.18
tv

‘Insecure’ Sees My Messy, Awkward Blackness

In season three, Issa reminds us we don’t always have to strive for excellence.
Noel Ransome
8.23.18
Books

The New Handbook for Black British Women

We spoke to the two friends who wrote, 'Slay In Your Lane', the book they wish they'd had growing up.
Nana Baah
6.26.18
tv

'Atlanta's' 'FUBU' and Why Brands Matter in the Black Community

What l learned from a flashback episode of 'Atlanta' where a young Earn encounters the power of a FUBU shirt.
Noel Ransome
5.8.18
POP CULTURE

We Need to Talk About Black Mirror’s Obsession With Black Suffering

“Black Museum” is perhaps the first episode to address race head-on. But does it do justice?
Lindsey Addawoo
1.9.18
Interviews

Kelela Is Done with Censoring Herself

She speaks about pouring vulnerability into debut album 'Take Me Apart', radical blackness and feeling more self-assured than ever.
Tshepo Mokoena
10.23.17
That Rainbow's End

Expressing Blackness Isn’t a Trend, It’s a Lifesaver

Recent Kelela and Kamille videos show how to celebrate being black in ways that feel totally genuine.
Tshepo Mokoena
10.11.17
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