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My Greatest Fear: The BLACK Box for Bestselling Authors

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I’m not a black artist, I’m an artist — Jean Michel Basquiat After coming to terms with the “African-American Interest” section of Barnes and Noble, different variations of this quote haunted me. I found its remnants in Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and...

Is Mariah Carey Playing from Both Sides of the “Race Card” Deck?

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I’ll admit Nicki Minaj is over the top. With her plethora of gaudy outfits, dubious lyrics, an abundance of unfitting wigs, and split personality, her sanity and talent is often questionable. There are three things, however, that are completely undeniable: 1) Nicki Minaj is culturally...