Spike Lee’s decision to dress the women in camouflage emphasizes his agenda to militarize the bloodless strike. There is the scene where the women take over the military base without any guns. And, when told that 75 women took over the military base, Commissioner Blades first asks “Women did that?” The intense surprise on his face reiterates Lee’s agenda to emphasize just how little is expected of … Continue reading Militarizing Non-violence: Use of costuming in Chi-Raq
The lens- as a panoptic gaze- is literally above the humans in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, but its powers are also unlike that of the humans in the movie. For instance, the ability of the gaze to seamlessly, and silently move in and out of rooms- without having to knock on doors, or open doors, or creak on floorboards- has a deep metaphorical significance for the way the panoptic view does not operate through the physical body of a single individual , but through a complex structure that transcends what one individual is humanly capable of doing. Continue reading “Right or Righteous: Looking at conscience as a panoptic apparatus”
In Black Skin, White Masks, Frantz Fanon addresses the appearance of blackness in black men and what it means to validate your black, male appearance.
One of the ways to look at how equivalence has been forced in rap music is through this idea of censorship. What this forces most of them to do is to come up with phrases or other words that equate the word that has to be removed for its “vulgarity”/ “violence.” In this process, equivalence begins to resonate Continue reading “Jigga what? Jigga who?: Points of (In)equivalence between Black history and rap music”
Recently, my friend interviewed my other friend for an interview with a fashion company I had interned with. In the interview she was mostly asked questions pertaining to her opinions and experiences on existing as a woman in Nigeria (more specifically Lagos). In the course of the interview, she was asked about the most exciting part of being a young woman in Lagos: The question: What has … Continue reading Your Perk of Misogyny is still Misogynistic