I have a new essay published in Partners in Social Change. It is a publication on behalf of Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs. It begins on page 4. I outline how the media is currently bias in the coverage of Mike Tyson and his rape conviction. In short, only Mike Tyson gets to go on TV and tell his side of the story while Desiree Washington’s version of events is completely absent. Check it out, here.
Here’s an article from CNN. The title says it all: Pakistani newlyweds decapitated by bride’s family in honor killing. When will this stop?
I recently finished Mike Tyson’s book “Undisputed Truth.” The short review is “meh.” I’m all about people having the ability to write their own story, but if you know anything about Tyson, don’t expect anything new. If you don’t know much about Tyson’s career pre-Hangover movies, then it’s worth your time.
Also, the book is nearly 600 pages long. I have no problem reading lengthy books and frequently read books that are well over 600 pages. It is a quick read. However, there were pages and pages of “and then I fought this guy and then I fought that guy” as well as pages and pages of “and then I had sex with this girl and then I had sex with that girl.” Again, if you’ve followed Tyson, most of this stuff will be familiar.
The reason why I read this book is because I’m gearing up to write a 25 page article on Tyson’s return to the public spotlight. Specifically, I’m interested in discussing how Tyson has been afforded the opportunity to recreate his image 20 years after his rape conviction. As an communication scholar, I’m concerned that Tyson is the only one whose voice is being heard in this discussion. Essentially, only his side of the story is being told. Therefore, he can mold the story however he wants. I have a short article (1,000 words) about this coming out in a newsletter later this summer. I’ll post the link to this article once it’s published.
Another book is coming out this fall: Documenting the Black Experience: Essays on African American History, Culture and Identity in Nonfiction Films. In short, each chapter analyzes a different film about African American history. I have a chapter in this book on the movie Rize and how young Black teenagers from South Center LA use dance as storytelling. The book will be released November, but you can pre-order. (And for an academic textbook, it’s reasonably priced. Only $40).
This August the book Black Women and Popular Culture: The Conversation Continues will be released. I have a co-authored chapter in the book on Lil’Wayne’s “How to Love” music video. If you are interested in academic conversations about Black women and pop culture or if you know someone who is, you should check it out!
More reports of sexual assault and sexual harassment in Egypt’s Tahrir Square. Having a revolution for freedom while violating women is inconsistent. There have been far too many reports like this out of Tahrir Square over the last several months. It needs to stop.
About a month ago a woman in Pakistan was killed for marrying a man her family had not approved. This is a similar situation. Fortunately, this woman survived. When it comes to ending violence against women, the U.S. really needs to start talking more about honor killings and other forms of men’s violence against women seen throughout the world.