E.M. Monroe

"I knew, not from memory, but from hope, that there were other models by which to live." Weems

A New Look at the Work of “Demons”

Well, if you thought brutality looked like the welts on the back of an enslaved man named Peter, William Brown’s charred body, or Emmett Till’s battered face, then here’s a … Continue reading

November 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

No Indictment, No Surprise

  Dear Black Children, As cute and adorable as you are, cuddly in a way that Kadir Nelson expertly captures in nearly every image he draws, your beauty and our … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 6 Comments

Models Monday: Concrete, Definite, and Specific Language

The “Eyes on Ferguson” discussion below exemplifies concrete, definite, and specific language: Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough reveal what occurs when concrete, definite, and specific language is totally misunderstood: Michael … Continue reading

November 24, 2014 · 2 Comments

Toni Morrison: Brilliant as Always

November 22, 2014 · 4 Comments

Walter Lee Younger’s Vision Realized

I’ve never seen Kenny Leon’s version of A Raisin in the Sun featuring Sean “Diddy” Combs as Walter Lee Younger. I was aware that many trained actors were disappointed in … Continue reading

November 21, 2014 · 6 Comments

Models Monday: On Free Land

  This past weekend, I visited South-View Cemetery with a few friends. South-View was granted its charter on April 21, 1886 and so became the first for-profit cemetery for African … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: A Message for Republicans

Dear G.O.P., As you work towards your goal of “taking back our country,” I ask that you consider reading Robert Pogue Harrison’s book Gardens: An Essay on the Human Condition.¬†Throughout … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Models Monday: Learning from the ID Network

When I do watch television, I only watch sports and the shows on Investigation Discovery (ID). The ID network hosts true crime shows. Sometimes they highlight the same stories only … Continue reading

November 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

Models Monday: Being Like My Mother

This is the church that hides the school that I attended and hated from kindergarten through eighth grade. Although my mother would later claim that she had no idea how … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 4 Comments

Models Monday: E-Depravity

This caption says it all: The people pictured are crying and clearly disturbed because the football season was canceled, not because some players sexually violated others. Sayreville students are equally … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

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