Writing

I write essays, reported criticism, reviews, and features covering a variety of topics, including music, race, digital culture and technology, and pop culture. I also (sometimes) write poems.

digital culture,

Squidward, SpongeBob, and the Complex Emotions of FOMO,” Select/all (nymag.com) 2018.

“Digital Jukeboxes Are Eroding the Dive-Bar Experience,” The Atlantic, 2018.

Shudu Gram Is a White Man’s Digital Projection of Real-Life Black Womanhood,” The New Yorker, 2018.

“A Unified Theory of Meme Death,” The Atlantic, 2017.

“The Reality of Teen-Run Stan Accounts,” FADER, 2016.

“E•MO•JIS,” Real Life Magazine, 2016.

“The Blackness of Meme Movement,” Modelview Culture, 2016.

“We Real Cool,” The New Inquiry, 2015.

“Memes and Misogynoir,” The Awl, 2014.

music,

To Whom Does Ariana Grande’s ‘7 Rings’ Owe Its Sound?” Vulture, 2019.

A Deep Dive Into Ariana Grande’s ‘Breathin’’ Video,” Vulture, 2018.

“10 Years Later, Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ Still Slaps,” Rolling Stone, 2018.

On Beyoncé, Beychella, and Hairography,” The Paris Review Daily, 2018.

“Touched by the Sacred,” The Point magazine, 2017.

“Why Lana Del Rey and Hip Hop Make for a Natural Pairing,” Complex, 2017.

“Jay-Z’s 4:44 Reveals the Limits of Decoding Art As Fact,” Complex, 2017.

“The Raw Romanticism of Vulgar Pop Ballads,” Complex, 2016

“Kanye West, Black Art, and the Great Escape From Wokeness,” Complex, 2016.

“Drake’s Playground,” 2016.

race,

Who Really Owns the ‘Blaccent’?” Vulture, 2018.

National Geographic Replaces Racist Fictions With Post-racial Fantasies,” Daily Intelligencer, 2018.

“The White Lies of Craft Culture,” Eater, 2017.

“Why A New Mixed Race Generation Will Not Solve Racism,” Buzzfeed, 2017.

“Blackness + America,” The Point magazine, 2017.

“The Hypocrisy of Revitalization: Universities in Black Communities,” The Atlantic, 2014.

tv,

The Alluring Melancholy of Ambrose Spellman on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” Vulture, 2018.

The Haunting of Hill House and the Madness of Family,” Vulture 2018.

How Did SpongeBob SquarePants Become the Most Meme-able TV Show?,” Vulture, 2018.

How Today’s Most Daring, Weird Cartoons Transform the Minstrel Aesthetic,” Vulture, 2017.

“A Deluxe Apartment in the Sky,” The New Inquiry, 2015.

movies,

The Racial Wonderland of Aladdin’s Genie,” Vulture, 2019.

Review: “Sorry to Bother You,” In These Times magazine, 2018.

personal,

“Skin in the Game: Notes from election night,” The Point magazine, 2018.

“Out of Cite,” The Awl, 2016.

“How Do We Live With Our Elders,” Hazlitt, 2016.

“I Can Tell You All About Lemonade,” Complex, 2016.

“Program Recruitment From the Margins,” 2016.

“Texting Fever,” The Awl, 2015.

Poems, etc.

Banango Street

“three-fifths; or, annoyance in an age where we laugh at little black girls handed over to the Devil” (Issue 13)

Blackbird (forthcoming)

Hayden’s Ferry Review

“Dear Miley Cyrus,” (Issue 61)

The Journal

“blue” (Issue 41.2)

Painted Bride Quarterly (forthcoming)

Nat. Brut

“you, yes you” (Issue 9; Pushcart Prize nominated)

Spoon River Poetry Review

“Something strange happens to the body when an afro is born” (Issue 42.2)

Up the Staircase Quarterly

“Open Letter To White Girls Walking Down The Wrong Side Of The Sidewalk” (Issue 37; Best of Net nominated)

Water~Stone Review

Lisa Simpson, the yellow sister

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