Militarizing Non-violence: Use of costuming in Chi-Raq

  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

Right or Righteous: Looking at conscience as a panoptic apparatus

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”

Jigga what? Jigga who?: Points of (In)equivalence between Black history and rap music

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”

I want to see Strata grow like Malcolm X did: Character development in Chi-Raq.

Originally posted on Spike Lee's Joints 2:
There is a difference between a woman who thinks she is incapable of doing anything and a woman who knows she has been capable of making visible change in places that the patriarchy has made it hard for her to reach. In Lee’s Chi-Raq, I didn’t see any leader of the sex strike who seemed to have the latter… Continue reading I want to see Strata grow like Malcolm X did: Character development in Chi-Raq.