This post contains major spoilers for “WandaVision.”

I was always a bit skeptical about “WandaVision.”

To be fair, I was a bit skeptical about almost all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe television shows when they were announced. Reports of “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”, “Loki” and even “What If . . .?” all drew skepticism from me. My relationship with Marvel has always been ambivalent; there are aspects of Marvel’s content that I greatly enjoy, and there have been aspects that I have heavily criticized.

The format of Marvel’s films is also something I’ve struggled with. I’ve always felt that…


Wunmi Mosaku as Ruby (left) and Michael K. Williams as Montrose (right)

Content warning: In addition to spoilers for Lovecraft Country, this post contains discussions of transphobia, sexual assault, physical assault, child abuse and murder.

Lovecraft Country is HBO’s latest hit.

The sci-fi/horror show — helmed by Misha Green and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams — dominated Sunday nights on Twitter for weeks. You can’t escape tweets about the show: not even the mute function will prevent you from seeing something about the show. The show premiered to an abundance of praise, both from critics and regular viewers.

Many people view the show as an important landmark for Black…


His name was Chadwick Boseman. He was an actor. He was 43. He died of stage 4 colon cancer. And he was my hero.

I don’t know what else to say about him other than that.

I guess I could sit here and write about his (devastatingly) short but already iconic career. I could write about how he was immensely talented and seemed completely dedicated to his craft. …


Dear Black GI: Da 5 Bloods and Spike Lee’s gory, exploitative examination of imperialism and PTSD

Spike Lee’s latest joint, Da 5 Bloods, seems to have dropped on Netflix at an unnervingly opportune time.

Da 5 Bloods tells the story of four Black Vietnam War veterans who return to Vietnam to find both the remains of their fallen brother-in-arms as well as millions of dollars worth of gold they hid decades prior. …


Jharrel Jerome, Lovie Simone and Celeste O’Connor in Selah and the Spades

Selah and the Spades is a very unique film.

On the surface, it’s a typical teen film, albeit with a slight twist. Black teenagers at a bougie boarding school lead double lives, masking drug use and partying with school plays and cheerleading. The new girl at the school becomes friends with the Queen Bee and gets thrust right into the middle of the drama. If you’re not paying any attention, you’d think the fact that it stars Black teenagers, and that its titular character is a dark-skinned Black girl, is the most noteworthy thing about it.

If you’re paying a…


Queen & Slim, released on Thanksgiving Day, has been heavily marketed as a movie for Black people.

It’s what people will sometimes refer to as a “unapologetically Black” production; it’s written by a queer Black woman (Lena Waite), directed by a Black woman (Melina Matsoukas), stars two dark-skinned Black people (Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith), and puts Black culture on display.

The premise of the film is one that resonates with Black people. Two people go on an unremarkable Tinder date, and one of them ends up shooting and killing a trigger-happy cop in self-defense. …


Cynthia Erivo as Harriet Tubman and Janelle Monáe as Marie Buchanan

I’m not even going to mince words: I didn’t like Harriet.

Harriet has gotten mixed reviews since its release. Before its release, the film was embroiled in controversy; as if the casting of British actress Cynthia Erivo did not raise enough eyebrows, old tweets of Erivo’s — ones with anti-Black-American sentiments — started to resurface. Then Janelle Monáe, one of the film’s other stars, got dragged by Black people on Twitter when she hopped on there to suggest that someone should put voter registration booths in Popeyes locations so that Black people could register to vote while waiting for their…


Pecola Breedlove has haunted me for most of my life.

I was 12 years old when I first read The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s first published novel. I had never heard of Morrison; I didn’t know I was reading a masterwork from the greatest American writer of all time. I didn’t know anything about Morrison’s racial, sexual or gender politics, or about how she centered women like her — like me — in her work. I didn’t know that I would hear Morrison’s voice in my head for years and years afterwards.

And I didn’t know that Pecola Breedlove —…


FX Network’s series “POSE” has recently become one of my favorite series of all time.

“POSE” is about Black/Afro-Latina trans women and queer men trying to survive New York City in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Loosely based on the 1991 documentary Paris is Burning, the show follows their journey through the ball scene, entertainment industry, sex work, and the AIDS epidemic that hangs over all of their heads. “POSE” is the first network television show with a predominantly trans cast.

“POSE” focuses on the family drama in a few houses in the ballroom scene. Our main characters hail…


I was one of the innumerable people who rushed to the theater to see Avengers: Endgame last Thursday night.

I kind of felt like I was obligated to see this movie, to be honest. Not only did I need closure after sitting through Infinity War, but I needed closure after seeing nearly every Marvel Studios movie since 2008’s Iron Man, otherwise known as the Movie That Started It All.

I’ve been on the Marvel Cinematic Universe train since I was around 14 years old, and it’s been a wild ass ride on the most uneven of train tracks. There have…

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