Eugene Ashe’s Sylvie’s Love is a movie that takes you back to a time you never even knew you were nostalgic for. Shots of 60s metropolitan American glamor, complete with all of the mid-20th century ‘dos and frocks shot in sepia hues make for a warm cinematic nostalgia. To find a piece of work that centers Black livelihood, and in this case, Black love unsullied by racism, bigotry, or trauma is rare. Ashe does so with tenderness and honesty. Protagonists Sylvie and Robert are flawed, tremendously so, but they are lovers and they are uncut and for that, I’m grateful.

Hi Steve,

Thanks for your response. Here are a few lengthy thoughts about the issues you raised.

1. On the topic of Jesus as God and man. That is what most theologians refer to as the hypostatic union. I try to understand it as human experience through a divine lens, so having the capabilities to exercise divine ‘omnipotence’ but choosing to limit oneself to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual boundaries of the human experience. Of course this is my understanding of a fairly complex and ‘mysterious’ (for lack of better word) aspect of the Christ, but that’s where I…

Joshua Mcknight

The Capital Riot was 12 days ago. It would be disingenuous for me to say that I didn’t expect it, or at least some white-supremacist empowered, self-righteous attack on democracy of similar proportions. It reminds me of a line I recently read from Nikki Giovanni’s Poem No Name №3 in which she wrote:

If the Black Revolution passes you bye it’s for damned sure
the whi-te reaction to it won’t

If there was ever any doubt that the past several years, if not the past century has been a period of racial revolution, it is now undebatable. We have mourned…

In response to a recent post which congratulated Teyana Taylor’s new role as Creative Director of the online fast-fashion franchise, Pretty Little Thing, I shared this tweet(s):

“Happy to see Black women with large creative influence but also thinking about how Black people navigate the wider intersections of global Black progress/social activism. PLT is known for its unethical production practices which affects Black/Brown women around the globe the most […] We cannot do everything but does our activism/politics become contradictory when we say BLM but don’t recognise the danger our consumerism creates for Black lives outside of the West? …

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Today I watched a response video to the claim that ‘high-value’ men do not like natural hair.

Yes, I had the same reaction. There are so many things to unpack here.

I’ve written about desirability before (‘Desirability politics and why I’m no longer talking about it’) and more recently I wrote for another magazine about decentering men from desirability. Needless to say, this new take on natural hair and how it shapes desirability for black women in the eyes of ‘high-value men’ deserves some discussion.

I take issue with the statement firstly because I don’t entirely understand what is meant…


CW: mention of sexual abuse

Yesterday, I read an article about sexual abuse amongst Nigerian men. These are not the easiest pieces to read. But at the same time, these are not the kinds of stories one often comes across, particularly when you consider the shame and respectability politics that govern Nigerian culture. All things considered, it was an insightful yet saddening read. Interestingly, it got me thinking about how I understand masculinity and specifically black masculinity in general.

I recently finished bell hook’s We Real Cool and it helped me start to understand the foundations of black masculinity in…


We are 3 days into the 2020 election night marathon. Ballot counters have headed home and counties are preparing for the next day of work that will undoubtedly redefine the face of American democracy as we know it. It seems as if the country is upside down. But in the week that culminates 4 years of political unrest and division like never before, where is the ‘American church’?

Well, the ‘American church’ can be found in front of election departments donning MAGA hats and praying for ‘justice’. If you do not cross them there, perhaps you will encounter them leading…

Lina Kivaka

So, it’s election week. As a legal alien, i.e. a documented non-citizen, I can’t vote this election year. Maybe in 2024. Regardless, I’m sort of relieved I’m not faced with the choice this year. The state of American democracy these days is complicated enough to fatigue even the most politically-acute millennial, and I am neither one of these things.

On a serious note, I have seen countless comments (and rebuttals) about choosing to ‘vote Jesus’ this election. I’m not quite sure what this means. Jesus is one, not on the ballot, and two, neither political parties wholly represent Jesus’ life…

Pexels; Judith Agusti Aranda

Today I tuned in to a film screening of ‘African Apocalypse’ by Femi Nylander via one of Trinity College’s celebrations for Black History Month. This exploration into the bloody past of the French colonialist Paul Voulet through the Niger region can hardly be called a celebration, but it did renew my eyes to the horrors of European colonialism.

I find artistic depictions, particularly film adaptions, of the colonial period to be sort of hit and miss these days. It’s sort of like, we get it…the Europeans hated African people. They kind of still do. What’s new? But this documentary was…

I recently started following Sarah Pulliam Bailey on Twitter. She’s a reporter from the Washington Post covering faith, politics, and culture.

Today, she tweeted about one of her recent articles on the rise of ‘patriotic churches’ under the Trump administration. The mantra of these churches is essentially to ‘love Jesus and love this country’. They are, as Bailey goes on to explain, part of the Christian nationalist movement that has gained a significant amount of traction under Trump’s presidency.

What I got from the thread is that under these new ‘patriotic churches’, while Jesus may come first, the country, America…

Mary-Hannah Oteju

A personal page. Mostly my thoughts about life, race, gender, and theology. Believer. Millennium baby. Cambridge, UK/ATL. BlackLivesMatter.

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