46 years ago, a moving picture testified to sexual assault against a woman. It moved all around the world, in fact. Only, the world called it “art.” Not much has changed since. This most visible example of a public rape frames sexual assault’s most misunderstood and excused forms: coerced consent, false pretenses and pressure as permission. And people can still buy and sell this sexual assault on film to this day. Why? … More Remembering Maria-Hélène Schneider…
Ms. Hill complicated the Negress image in all the right directions and ways, and she made it clear the auras of Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were more stubborn than stereotypes, and she made it known paying audiences were waiting for more like them. … More Lauryn Can Rest On Her Laurels.
This Black woman onscreen had to buy her freedom to agency and complexity for a high price. That price was her child’s life. Such is depicted in a spate of films now depending upon a Black woman losing a child violently with no one held accountable. … More At the Movies, Mammies Make Way for Mourners
Beah Richards and Bette Davis illuminate the essential if fraught alliance between Black women who serviced White men and White women who benefited from it all in the obscure 80’s HBO movie “As Summers Die.” … More Beah Richards, Bette Davis and the Male Member
A 16-year old woman of color received what female slaves may have if they refused their master’s sexual advances: death sentences at worst, and more tortured lives at best. … More Cyntoia’s Done Her Time. Have Mercy and Let Her Go.
February 5, 2018, would have been Trayvon Martin’s 23rd birthday. … More Remembering Trayvon Martin…
Enough people have already donated to almost make Black Documents happen and keep Mosaic magazine thriving. Please donate to the fund or subscribe to Mosaic today. … More Make a Difference Today for Black Art and Culture
A Cosmopolitan online piece pointed out how women of color were best-dressed at the 2017 MET Gala. This got me to thinking about how long Black women have been unsung fashion and beauty changemakers… … More Negress Allure (in honor of sisters at the 2017 MET Gala…)
I’m grateful for all the readers, excitement and events for my third novel, SOLEMN. On the book’s 1st Birthday, I reflect on how it all began… … More Solemn started with the trees…
Bolivians of African descent introduced Jensen to Saya music, an old artform which was a universal language in the Spanish-speaking land of their political and labor oppressors. Jensen’s film documents Saya music of today. … More An Interview with Maya Jensen, Filmmaker behind ‘Solidarity in Saya: An Afro-Bolivian Music Movement’