Black Media :: What Does Black Trust Look Like Online???

So, I was filling out yet another form, on yet another site, when it dawned on me, “I do not know these people, yet, I’m about to give them my credit card information. Why, OWL, Why?”   I pushed top of the laptop forward from its usual ninety degree angle. Hovering a tad over the Read the full article…

Kanye West At Oxford :: Shut Up, New Nigga

Kanye West, Oxford University Museum of Natural History[March 2015] I’ll take one question. I wanted to vibe off an idea, and then I can riff off of that…they said I’ve got 20 minutes or so, I might go longer.   OK, everyone please be completely quiet, because I can literally hear a whisper, and it’ll Read the full article…

Erica Caines’ “All In Love Is Fair” :: A Critique Of Sorts

Erica Ryan Caines Words reside in my spirit, entangle my mind and captivate my imagination…I live for words. I live through words.     Every now and again a body of work comes across the Desk of Asylum that reminds me of those written works that initially sparked my own word wielding. What I liked Read the full article…

Eleven Very Short Thoughts On US Black Media Space

The concern with historical(as well as ahistorical) political narrative is that it often supposes a pattern similar to fiction story.   And in its format(crisis-confrontation/labors/development-resolution), some students might think this is how life resolves itself, too   Systems are often extended through time based on the assumption of secure and infallible processes.   Fairy tales, Read the full article…

Empire As Metonymy For Nigga Rich :: A Semiotic Analysis Of Lee Daniels’ Empire

The use of metaphor and metonymy in symbol creation throughout communication is replete and yet often does not generate much discussion outside of academic trained spaces. In much of media analysis(yeah, that academically trained space), and by extension, Black media analysis, however, the use of metaphor, metonymy, simile, and other semiotic analysis devices are visited Read the full article…

Whose Black Is It Anyway???(Clip Number Three)

“Gramsci’s strategy for resisting and eventually overcoming the power of the capitalist class in its most advanced nations, and thereby for deeply democratizing those nations, rested on his conviction of the need to challenge and displace the cultural dominance and leadership(=hegemony) of their ruling classes with a coherent and convincing alternative vision of how society Read the full article…

Whose Black Is It Anyway???

“Philosophy is worthless if it is not practical.” – Frank Chimero   “FICTIVE KIN – Unrelated individuals who are addressed using kin terms”   I never really felt as disconnected from the overall fictive kinship that race promotes as I do in this era. This miasma of a zeitgeist of confusing political expressions vying for Read the full article…

Facts, Framing, and Social Capital On The Social Media Landscape[Part One]

“We are living in an age when thinking itself is no longer a personal activity but a collective one. We are immersed in media and swimming in the ideas of other people all the time. We do not come up with our thoughts by ourselves anymore, so it’s awfully hard to keep them to ourselves Read the full article…