Avengers Infinity War

Us comic book fans have been getting quite the treat this year! Not only were we blessed with Black Panther but a mere two months later we have the privilege of Infinity War. Let me begin by saying, if you didn’t make it to the movies opening weekend, please make it your business to go…

Two Podcasts I Can’t Listen to Enough

1. Bronzeville The podcast describes this series as “an audio theatre for the mind” and this could not be more accurate! My bias towards all things Chicago aside, this is a phenomenal series that honestly elevates the podcast-sphere. This series is jam-packed with A-list performers: Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Wood Harris, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick,…

Washington, DC’s Newest Gem: Mahogany Books

Last month I had the pleasure of visiting Mahogany Books, DC’s newest Black-owned bookstore. What makes Mahogany books so special is that it is the first time in over twenty years that a bookstore has existed east of the Anacostia River. For those of you not familiar with the neighboorhood dynamics of Washington, DC, Anacostia…

Policy Decisions You Should Probably Be Paying Attention To

The lack of a maternity ward east of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC Earlier this year while attending a performance of “The Vagina Monologues” I was hit with a startling realization that I wasn’t aware of; that the only maternity ward east of the Anacostia River has been closed. This matters because the majority…

André Leon Talley Gets a Documentary!

Anyone who is even remotely into fashion knows this name! He has been such an icon in high fashion and a trendsetter in his own right. The movie “The Gospel According to Andre” will release on May 25, 2018, and I will definitely be making my way to see it. Will you? -Ms. Malcolm Hughes

A Few of My Favorite Things 2018: Quarter 1

I can’t believe the first quarter of 2018 is already over! I want to take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite experiences and most used items of 2018. Here we go: 1. Maluma’s F.A.M.E. Concert As I’ve stated in other posts, concerts are one of my many favorite pastimes. In March I…

Watch or Pass: 2018 Movie Releases

1. Annihilation Release Date: 2/23/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 3.5 out of 4 Ms. Malcolm Hughes Rating: Pass I thought the movie was well done, and I appreciated the actresses and actors, but the ending fell super flat for me. 2. Black Panther Release Date: 2/16/2018 Roger & Ebert Rating: 4 out of 4 Ms….

I’m so Disappointed in You All!

Why is it so easy to pull the wool over sheep’s eyes? No, but really, why is it so easy to appease the masses? People have been contacting me, telling me I need to listen to Wendy’s mixtape like its absolute fire. IT’S AN ABOMINATION! Can we please stop disrespecting and pimping out hip-hop? No,…

Does the Set It Off Stage Play Live Up to the Film?

Over the weekend I went to see Set It Off, the stage play. Let me begin by saying that I laughed until I cried, at least twice. It wasn’t my impression that it was the play writer’s intent for it to be a comedic drama, but that was attendees take away. At the very least,…

This Sterling K. Brown Interview Blessed My Life

This concise snippet of a Sterling K. Brown interview blessed my life this morning, and maybe it can do the same for you. What I find myself so drawn to about Brown is his seeming openness and vulnerability. It is truly a reminder to us all. To be more vulnerable, more honest, and more reflective…

Go See Black Panther, Again!

Recently, I read an article that stressed the importance of not only opening weekend numbers, but also second week’s numbers to determine how well a movie will perform in the long run. I have seen Black Panther three times now, and will probably see it two more times before I decide to stop and wait…

The Chi (A Chicagoan’s Review)

As we all know, the new Showtime series, The Chi, has made its debut. I initially watched in December, when the premiere episode was released early, but decided to wait until the second episode to provide a review. During that time, a review came out that actually captures most of my thoughts, here. For the…

For the Culture 2017 (Year End Review)

2017 has been quite the year. A lot of lows, but what has been beautiful is that this climate has caused more people to become active. To speak out more. To be more intentionally engaged. Here are some things that touched me to my core; the realest of 2017: 1. Best Interview: Young Jeezy’s interview…

Cornel West is the Biggest Intellectual Disappointment of 2017

It is often Cornel West’s blatant bias that makes him unpalatable, even when his arguments contain some validity (i.e. his attack on the 44th president, Barack Obama). However, his attack on Ta-Nehisi Coates is plain absurd. To say that he contributes from the sidelines is not only a misnomer, but outright slander and disrespect. In…

Do White People Believe White Lies?

Monday, October 9, 2017, I attended the Ta-Nehisi Coates book release event in Washington, DC for his newest book, We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy. As predicted, the event was amazing. It was intellectually charged and soul-fulfilling. Per usual, Coates was well poised, honest, thought-provoking, and critical. However, while departing, I made…

The Complexity of Being a Game of Thrones Fan

I am really late to watching Game of Thrones (GoT), like end of 2016 late. However, I’m all caught up and on board with fans currently watching. Though last week’s “Spoils of War” episode gave me chills, I cannot ignore all of the problematic issues along the way that almost prevented me from continuing to…

White Women Drive Me Crazy (response)

I first skimmed this article while working on two projects, so, admittedly, it didn’t have my full attention. My initial reaction was that it felt like a disconnected attempt for the writer to purge herself of the shame and guilt of having idolized white women for most of her life. I even went as far…

8 Things No One Tells You About Korea

Most folks are aware that I have pleasant thoughts when I reflect on my time in South Korea. If you haven’t, you can read about it here. While feeling nostalgic and watching videos on youtube, there were two videos that caught my attention: -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKo3afrXF1Y&t=472s -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWhrR9Fztss&t=238s Below is my response video, based on my time and…