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And Black America knows what that message is.

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The occupation of the U.S Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 is irrefutable proof of the reality of white privilege and the existence of two Americas: one white, the other Black.

There are already op-eds and think pieces being written at this very moment which will attempt to rewrite history and portray the white mob of domestic terrorists as “people who are fed up with being unheard.”

Major supposed journalistic publications are going to print articles about how we ought to take into account the angst and frustrations of middle (a.k.a. white) America. …


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I confess: I do not enjoy most holiday-themed movies.

Their manufactured sentimentality and saccharine cheer rings hollow to me. No matter how unintentional, they reek of hypocrisy in light of how awful and unkind human beings are to each other.

Watching movies about lovelorn and/or heart-hardened people magically transformed into Scrooge after his “come-to-Christmas moment” seems egregiously disingenuous in light of the raging bonfire 2020 continues to be.

So, it is no wonder the best holiday film I have watched in recent memory is not a holiday film at all.

Brought to my attention by the virtual grapevine that is…


These remarkable Black sci-fi characters defied tokenism onscreen.

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Token Black characters onscreen stand out like a neon sign.

Usually, they serve the purpose of acting as living props, present only to give the appearance of a diverse cast. Token characters are a very tired trope, cardboard-thin characters with no agency or inner emotional life to make them fully realized.

They are the comedic relief, the “sassy” best friend, the first to be killed, and the characters audiences care very little about. Tokens provide the illusion of diversity, so more substantive inclusion can be avoided.

Thank god for the exceptions.

One of the major factors earning Star Trek: The…


Placing the onus of creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace on Black employees is insensitive and exploitative.

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“You did not create the racist and biased culture of this company, but you are now responsible for correcting it. Chop. Chop. Get to work!”

Black folk have been catching HELL from all sides in this country since day one.

But 2020 seems to have unlocked a 10th infernal circle from the director’s cut of Dante’s Inferno.

Despite the public outcry and outrage of the Black community, this country continues to affirm it only considers the lives of white people and the property they own as valuable.

The gross injustice of our so-called justice system failing to indict the police…


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The critical and commercial success of recent films such as Fast Color, Get Out, Us, Attack The Block, Sorry To Bother You, and Black Panther emphasize one truth: there is an enormous, long-neglected market for onscreen speculative stories centering Black people.

The root reason for this paucity is the belief that stories about Black people are completely insular and niche, which is why the racist and idiotic notion that “Black movies do not travel well overseas” refuses to die a fiery death.

Never mind that Black speculative narratives are rarely greenlit by Hollywood, nor receive the marketing budgets and promotional…


The nauseating hubris of the super-rich has broken free of the earth.

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Buying a private island used to symbolize having attained incomparable wealth.

But that is so last century.

Now, thanks to capitalists like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos, what is the ultimate status symbol of the ultra-wealthy?

Flying into space — or joining as the media has so ludicrously dubbed “the billionaire space race.”

On Tuesday, July 20, 2021, Bezos became the second billionaire to travel in his own self-funded rocket and capsule into space — approximately 62 miles above the earth to be exact — in order to experience three minutes of weightlessness.

Watching all the rapturous mainstream…


Don’t make one of life’s most rewarding activities a chore.

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I have always loved reading. I credit my grandmother and mother — avid readers both — with instilling in me a passion for the written word which has been a tremendous source of joy throughout my life.

Being overweight as a child, I was bullied a lot. When I felt particularly alone, I joined the Pevensie siblings on their wild and wondrous journeys in the land of Narnia.

When I often grew frustrated at being the only Black body in educational, social, and professional spaces, the brilliant science fiction novels of Octavia Butler introduced me to fascinating, fraught, and perilous…


There has never been a time in this nation’s history where all its citizens were afforded equal opportunities and privileges.

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Since the 2016 presidential election, one refrain constantly expressed by politicians, celebrities, pundits, journalists, and others is how toxic and partisan our society is and how we need to overcome our differences to reunite as a nation.

Because we are so “divided as a nation right now.”

Excuse me?

Since when has the United States Of America ever been unified, with all its citizens afforded equal opportunity to pursue life, liberty, and happiness?

Their America has never been my America.

Let me be crystal clear, there has always been two Americas:

  • The one for white European settlers, immigrants and all…


These unnerving short films will make you leave the lights on.

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This Halloween will be unlike any other.

Most of us will opt to celebrate at home; festive decorations, feasting on popcorn and candy, and virtual costume parties will be the means many of us get our spook on.

And of course, there will be the watching of endless marathons of horror and scary movies as darkness falls across the land on October 31st.

While streaming services like Netflix and Hulu are going to be working overtime serving up special curations of modern and classic horror movies, many of us may be overlooking a cauldron full of free, online short films…

Rod T. Faulkner

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