The Unbearable Lightening of Beyonce

Poor Beyonce.  She’s been put through a lot lately — and it’s all be done by her own wringing hands.  Her Fake Baby Pregnancy meme won’t die.  She’s been caught stealing from Bob Fosse.  Now, her “Blackness” is being called into question — yet again! — by her own perverse sense of self and Racial identification.

We have wondered here in the past about the cultural constrictions we press into skin color, and a related and deeper issue is one of darker skin — Black skin in particular — and how it is socially demonized by negative, historical, intellectual and emotional touchstones associated with “Blackness.”

Take a look at the cover of Beyonce’s new album below.  Is that her natural skin tone?  Is that what her real nose looks like?  Are her arms and legs that skinny?  Why is she not comfortable in her own skin?  Why is she publicly rebelling against her bones?

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Shedding Shared Values as Black Identity Splinters Within

The PewReseachCenter released a wild new report last week concerning the Growing Values Gap in the Black Community that suggests a shedding of shared community values that is leading to a splintering of traditional Black interests in the USA.
You may have already heard about the disconnect between Whites and Blacks when it comes to Blacks being better off now than they were five years ago:

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