A celebration of black voices in the media

Music—Celeste
Serena Uribe

Celestial is an American-British singer of English and Jamaican descent. In 2017, the soul, jazzy blues and R&B soloist released her first EP milk and honey. Since then, Celeste has steadily released a slew of EPs, albums and songs, including a feature in the Disney and Pixar soundtrack. Soul. She has also received several awards, including a 2020 BRIT Award for her song “Herself” in the “Rising Star” category, and multiple nominations.

It’s the sultry, soothing, gritty rawness of Celeste that hooks you. His voice recalls the masters of soul, jazz, ballads and blues of the past interwoven with contemporary R&B and neo-soul. Celeste’s style pays homage to Aretha Franklin, billie holiday, Janis Joplinand Erykah Badu, which surely makes them proud as she stays true to her own unique style. Celeste’s songs explore a range of topics and emotions: from new love to old love, from breakups to breakdowns, from struggling to healing, to self-love and female empowerment, and it doesn’t matter. don’t stop there. For soothing melodies, harmonious instrumentals, and raw emotion, you can find Celeste’s music on all platforms.

Artist—Esmaa Mohamoud
SErena Uribe

Esmaa Mohamoud is a Toronto-based artist of African descent who was born and raised in London, Ontario. As a contemporary artist, her art spans various mediums like photography, installation, sculpture, performance art and drawing. She navigates issues of race, gender and class with a particular focus on the black body. Mohamoud draws artistic inspiration from the history of slavery through post-emancipation and the civil rights era, modern and contemporary issues of racial politics, and black body politics. In several of her works, she looks back on her own upbringing.

Mohamoud is recognized for her talent and creativity, as well as for the way she brings to light persistent issues of racial disparities through her artistic outlets. One of his works, a large fresco titled The FUBU Brotherhood (For us, by us)is currently on display at Harbourfront Center in Toronto.

TV show-girlfriends
Serena Uribe

girlfriends is a traditional sitcom television series that debuted on September 11, 2000. With a mostly black cast, the series follows the lives of four Los Angeles-based girlfriends: Joan Carol Clayton (Tracee Ellis Ross), Maya Denise Wilkes (golden streams), Lynn Ann Searcy (Persian White), and Antoinette “Toni” Marie Childs-Garett (Jill Marie Jones).

Each episode explores a different concern, such as marriage, divorce, breakups, new relationships, friendships, career issues, and money issues, as well as more complex issues like race and gender. Through life’s ups and downs, girlfriends Joan, Maya, Lynn and Toni know each other.

Movie-In the heat of the Night (1967)
Ahmed Azemuddin

In the heat of the Night is a 1967 film directed by Norman Jewison and is an adaptation of the eponymous 1965 novel by John Ball. movie stars Sidney Poitier as a black Philadelphia homicide detective named Virgil Tibbs, who drives through the town of Sparta, Mississippi; Rod Steiger plays Sparta Police Chief Bill Gillespie, who is forced to work with Tibbs to solve a murder.

We see the first of several racist encounters Tibbs faces as he silently allows the deputy (Warren Oates) to search him and take him to the police station. Poitier’s strong performance as the morally righteous Tibbs defies the stereotypes black characters would normally have in movies.

Poitier is considered Hollywood’s first black movie star and is billed as the “Martin Luther King Jr. of Hollywood” in that he paved the way for other black movie stars. It was common at this time for black characters to be written out as stereotypes or in smaller parts that were easily cut from the film, but Poitier’s prominence in the films opened the doors to more representative roles.

Virgil Tibbs is considered Poitiers’ most famous role, and while the film can be spotty at times, it’s worth seeing the man they called Sir Tibbs.

Podcast-Nosy neighbors
Elisabeth Provost

Nosy neighborsa Spotify Original hosted by comedians (and friends) Chinedu Unaka and Candice Thompson, offers the inside scoop on the craziest stories of Karen sightings, mean-spirited forum posts, neighbor rivalry and, on a positive note, community. The charisma and charm of the hosts, as well as their refined sense of humor, make Nosy neighbors a hilarious (and sometimes disturbing) listen. Are your neighbors throwing hot dogs in your yard? Have you seen a lion on the loose wandering around your home?

Each episode also features a celebrity guest appearance that honors the audience with their own stories of notable neighbors, including actors and comedians like Whitney Cummings, Tiffany Haddishand Damon Wayans Jr. among others.

With these stories and tangents to their own experiences, Unaka and Thompson entertain listeners with a new episode every week.

Delivered-The world doesn’t need you
Whitney Buluma

Rion Amilcar Scottit is The world doesn’t need you celebrates black subjectivity, using satire to skillfully expose the warped absurdities of racist and sexist stereotypes. This bizarre collection of 11 short stories and a short story is set in the fictional town of Cross River, a majority black community established in Maryland after America’s only successful slave revolt.

Scott’s lyrical prose breathes life into Cross River. One story, “Rolling in My Six-Fo”, confronts blackface and minstrel performances with surrealism – satire interwoven within satire. The latest short story, “Special Topics in Loneliness Studies,” is a sometimes serious, sometimes acerbic exploration of a professor’s descent into madness. However, it is also an intelligent multi-level analysis of the dangers of unjudgmental beliefs and didactic teaching practices.

At every turn, Scott draws on Cross River’s rich alternate history to account for the tyrannical and enduring impact of slavery. Its emphasis on presenting a multiplicity of black voices means that the characters’ inherent humanity shines through – and perhaps because of – the absurdity.

YouTube—Shanspeare
Sidra Durrani

Although it might seem like the comment space on YouTube is filled entirely with white men, YouTuber Shanspeare offers a refreshing perspective on the platform as a black woman. His videos provide fascinating insight into various topics ranging from pop culture to academia. With her biting wit, clever sense of humor and wardrobe that perfectly matches the subject of her videos, she entertains hundreds of thousands of subscribers. Whether she’s dressing up as a playboy bunny to discuss horror movie “girlboss-ification” or donning a gray wig and beard to talk about mommy issues like Sigmund Freudthere’s bound to be something on his channel for everyone.

Shanspeare often addresses aspects of culture that are not widely discussed, such as the unique challenges that black women face, and it is vital for allies to listen to and help amplify the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous Peoples and People of Color). At a time when viewers are increasingly open to the idea of ​​long-form video trials, Shanspeare’s videos are a great place to start if you’re unfamiliar with the medium or are looking for a new chain to gorge yourself.


Editor-in-Chief (Volume 48) | [email protected]
Liz is completing a double major in chemistry and art history. She previously served as editor of Volume 47. Liz is passionate about creating an open and honest space for college students to feel represented and heard. When she’s not studying, working, writing or editing countless articles, you can find her singing Motown hits on the piano, taking long walks by the lake or listen to music. You can connect with Liz on her website, Instagram or LinkedIn.

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