Emma Wade, here – the Editor of the paper’s Culture Section! Every Monday, you can check back here for four wonderful picks made by yours truly to bring you bliss in the upcoming week. My selections will entail a favorite album, a binge-worthy series, something important to read and a quote to get you inspired.
This week, Midterms are real, friends. Here’s some goodness to help turn that frown upside down:
Album: A Seat At the Table by Solange
This album is the black feminist follow-up to LEMONADE that we all needed. A Seat at the Table is the story of both the historical, and contemporary, American black woman struggle. The music is rich and satisfying and features distinct development in her vocal delivery. Her song titles and topics center around issues that are relevant, important and yet so deeply misunderstood. “Don’t Touch My Hair” likens hair expression to the manifestation of the black woman’s soul, and allows black women to embrace their natural and protective styles despite hundreds of years of mockery and appropriation. Another song is entitled “F.U.B.U.,” which serves as an acronym for “For Us, By Us.” Each of the songs provide important insight and understanding for what it means to be a black woman in America and gives a sense of pride to be a part of a movement towards liberation without assimilation. Don’t miss the train– give it a listen and get inspired.
Binge Worthy: Luke Cage, Netflix Original
Before you scroll past this, let me say: I AM NOT A SUPERHERO FAN EITHER. My superhero knowledge goes to the extent that I saw the first Iron Man and first Captain America in theatres because, well because, eye candy. That’s it. So when I heard the hoopla about this series, my excitement was limited to “Wow, a black bulletproof superhero. If only it were true. Moving on.”
But one night, in a haze of procrastination and boredom I decided to give the first episode ago. Thirteen hours and a rollercoaster of emotions later, I emerged from my cocoon a full fledge lover of the Luke Cage series.
Luke is a formerly incarcerated resident of Harlem that is fighting the ills that plague the community (and black communities around the country): namely violence, drug selling and government corruption. The series introduces topics such as black male aggression, the highly contested use of the n-word and the Black Lives Matter movement. Ebonics and popular slang is used throughout the series, the soundtrack features black music and black celebrities such as Method Man, Sway, and Jidenna make appearances. Critics of the show have literally put it down for being “too black,” and I wonder what exactly that even means. Everything about the show is compelling, thought-provoking and just downright good entertainment.
Read of the Week: 19 Sexist & Racist Halloween Costumes You Should Stay The Hell Away From on Bustle by Chris Tognotti
We go over this every October, I know. You’re sick of hearing about cultural appropriation, I know. And guess what? We’re just as sick of talking about it. So let’s help one another out and not be idiots this Halloween.
Quote: “The most beautiful part of your body is where it’s headed.” – Ocean Vuong from his poem, Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong, which focuses on self-love and empowerment.