Nope. The Academy is wrong (again). Selma is right.

So sure, it’s routine to balk at and be outraged by AMPAS’s nominations and eventual awardees. But the strategic snubbing of Selma in acting and directorial categories seems too pointed to not put the syllabus building aside to think about. There is much irony in the film getting two nods, for the Best Picture andContinue reading “Nope. The Academy is wrong (again). Selma is right.”

Nope. You didn’t have to be at our awesome panel at MLA to know what I said.

Today, I had the privilege of presenting this paper about Marlon James’ writing on a panel on Global Neoliberalisms with Ignacio Sanchez-Prado, Joeseph Jeon, and Sarah Brouillette at the MLA Convention. I want to talk generally about Marlon James’s two most recent novels, A Brief History of Seven Killings and The Book of Night Women,Continue reading “Nope. You didn’t have to be at our awesome panel at MLA to know what I said.”

Nope. This is not about who wins in 2016 or finally going on that (second) Cuban vacay. (I’m from Jamaica, remember?)

So, I have one more class to finish grading before I can lay fall 2014 to rest, but the news about the US finally calling time out on Cold War diplomatic and trade relations with Cuba just dropped, and I find myself both in need of a reason to procrastinate and a measured sense ofContinue reading “Nope. This is not about who wins in 2016 or finally going on that (second) Cuban vacay. (I’m from Jamaica, remember?)”

Nope. Kim K’s naked everything is hardly the thing we should be examining. (NSFW)

Nope. I can’t believe I’ve written not one but two – TWO – Kardashian posts in the same week, or even at all. I pray to everything that is holy that I don’t ever get this perplexed by anything else these people do. Because I am keenly aware that this feeds the very profitable machineryContinue reading “Nope. Kim K’s naked everything is hardly the thing we should be examining. (NSFW)”

Nope. That is not how you make a funny with KKK.

What the fuck, Kardashians?! What, you got tired of being the first five headlines of every tabloid online and in print because of mundane things like your homes, babies, business, tv shows, divorces, marriages, lovers, ex-lovers? You wanted to mix it up? Those “more Americans have been married to Kim Kardashian than have died ofContinue reading “Nope. That is not how you make a funny with KKK.”

Nope. Non-white other isn’t quite right either, but it’ll do.

At the end of October, my partner and I went to get our marriage license. As with all governmental processes, The Man wanted us to tell him our race. When it was my turn, I turned to my partner to ask which box should I check this time. These things are always a real annoyanceContinue reading “Nope. Non-white other isn’t quite right either, but it’ll do.”

Nope. “Shake Señora” and “Watch Out Fi Dis” are not even in the same league.

I share a trainer twice a week with some really great people. The company makes up for many things that occur during each hour long session: the fact of having to work out, the sweating, the involuntary and unlady-like noises I start making about forty minutes in, and the truly bad music that gyms mustContinue reading “Nope. “Shake Señora” and “Watch Out Fi Dis” are not even in the same league.”

Nope. This Can’t Be All That There Is.

I’ve come to the realization that one of the most difficult things for a young female academic of color such as myself to do is to avoid identity politics. Put another way, among the difficult things for me, I have discovered, is to write, read, and teach things that are not about race, gender, orContinue reading “Nope. This Can’t Be All That There Is.”

Nope. That Shit is Not Cool, Thug Kitchen

I fucking love Thug Kitchen. I love Thug Kitchen so much, I will lace this post with the profanity that is characteristic of this popular food blog because I also want to meet Thug Kitchen on its own terms. I am also going to curse like a motherfucking sailor here, because I am a tadContinue reading “Nope. That Shit is Not Cool, Thug Kitchen”

Nope. Beyoncé is not a feminist.

Before you click on to the next one, feeling validated in what you have always known about Sister Bey’s wayward ways, I say she is not a feminist for reasons that may not be the ones you think. Sit back down, church; I may have already given you a benediction of sorts, but this isContinue reading “Nope. Beyoncé is not a feminist.”