The Mulatto’s Tragedy

Kathleen Collins’ use of the tragic mulatto trope subverts its racist origins and exposes the true tragedy of being other in America.

Feb 19, 2021
The Healer Woman

“Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown.” – Luke 7:47

Feb 19, 2021
How Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’ took Us Home

“She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see” – Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Feb 19, 2021
The Magic Beyoncé and Melina Matsoukas form

Formation (noun) – the action of forming or process of being formed.

Feb 19, 2021
Underground’s dissection of the ‘Strong Black Woman’ in episode 3

In a response to racist-sexist attacks as old and disgusting and disgraceful as the man who uttered them, Congresswoman Maxine Waters confidently declared herself a strong black woman who could not be intimidated. It was a response that roused social media into a chorus of support and inspired the hashtag #BlackWomenatWork where Black Women exposed […]

Mar 30, 2017
Nonfiction | Resist
Who Gets to Cry

Episode 2 of Underground explores the challenges of allyship and the luxury of grief

Mar 17, 2017
The Lion’s Tale

What does a fictional slave narrative look like without the role of the white savior? Underground’s second season is about to show us.

Mar 10, 2017
Nonfiction | On-screen
‘Atlanta’ is Absurd

Glover’s ‘Atlanta’ proves “there is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn.”

Nonfiction | Genre Studies
Ain’t I A Mother: Motherhood as Freedom in ‘Underground’

I thought but for black women enslaved to have a child that you were responsible for that was really yours, that was really freedom. – Toni Morrison

Jun 22, 2016