Black History Month: Who Has Influenced and Inspired You?
For Black History Month, Automatticians honor the people who’ve made a difference in their lives.
“Monotony Is a Luxury”: A Reading List of Black Writers and Journalists
Read powerful writing from black writers and journalists in this reading list.
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Apology to a Non-Black Partner
Poetry by Radical Faggot: “I’m sorry loving me / meant splitting your bones / that my hands / were filled / by their own wringing”
Walking While Black
At Literary Hub, Garnette Cadogan writes about his move from Jamaica to the US — and how he had to relearn the subtle, dangerous art of navigating city streets as a black man.
The Kinfolk Kollective
LaSha, the writer behind The Kinfolk Kollective, publishes essays that examine how race and identity intersect popular culture and politics.
Popular humorist Luvvie Ajayi has been blogging for over 13 years. On Awesomely Luvvie, she skewers all things pop culture. “I thoroughly enjoy doling out side-eyes and there is never a shortage of people and foolishness to judge.”
Prince Can’t Die
Carvell Wallace on Prince: “It is not an apologetic blackness that seeks to be indistinguishable from whiteness…. His blackness is unchecked and complex, layers of angry masculinity on a bed of rose petals and women’s perfume. His blackness is a golden fitted backless bodysuit on the taut, coiled frame of a bantamweight boxer.”
On Prince, Blackness, and Sexuality
Dodai Stewart on Prince, sexuality, and defying stereotypes: “But in 1984, Prince wasn’t a criminal caricature relegated to R-rated blaxploitation flicks. He was grinding his hips and humping the stage on MTV. He was moaning wantonly on Top 40 radio—the radio American kids were listening to.”
Beyoncé and Beyond: On Forms of Blackness
“I don’t think we should police people’s performances of blackness.” Michelle R. Smith reflects on Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance of “Formation,” and defends the song’s complicated relation to black histories and experiences.