A purpose-driven blog

A wonderful friend of mine has RSS alerts set up for this very blog, and takes the sweetest pleasure in reminding me that “reliable content and quality create loyalty”, not site themes or widgets, regardless of the AMAZINGNESS of my Pinterest page. So, to quiet this petulant bestie, I post. Here, world. Another WordPress post,Continue reading “A purpose-driven blog”

XOXO: Live-blogging Gossip Girl series finale

Join me as I liveblog the series finale episode of Gossip Girl! After five years, countless headbands (don’t lie…), and over 100 episodes, the show that taught a public school generation about high society power grabs and super-rich-kid machiavellianism is neatly packing up its LV carry-on bag, and setting out for the wild unknown ofContinue reading “XOXO: Live-blogging Gossip Girl series finale”

Recent article: Substance unsurprisingly lacking in “Real Housewives” reunion special

Any excuse opportunity to turn my reality TV habit into writing is a welcome one! I’ve been into RHONY since season one, day one (for the record: Bethenny all the way). The season finale of season five left me wanting. In short: ‘meh’ and transparent. Even for RH standards. Is it the editing, or the ladies? Continue reading “Recent article: Substance unsurprisingly lacking in “Real Housewives” reunion special”

Boston Fashion Week: Merrily we flow along

Thanks to the ever-impressive and talented photographer Justin McCallum, I found myself at Boston Fashion Week on a blustery September weekend! Long story short: the fashions. My god, the fashions.  For a full photospread, visit JumboSlice blog, and read below for my take on several of the weekend’s best shows! Did I MENTION THE FASHIONS?Continue reading “Boston Fashion Week: Merrily we flow along”

The Presidential Debate, through the lens of my Twitter

Tonight, while watching the debates, I have my Facebook and Twitter pages open, and both are overflowing with quips, quick memes, and reactions.This new lens of political engagement is fascinating, as a generation of activists and slacktivists take to their keyboards and burn up the servers with 140 characters or less, and overstuff my newsfeedContinue reading “The Presidential Debate, through the lens of my Twitter”

Latest article: Africana Studies launches new major and minor

Most of my friends, family members, acquaintances, strangers on campus, and the poor souls who follow me on Twitter know about the fairly-well documented struggle for an Africana Studies DEPARTMENT at Tufts. This struggle has morphed into a program, not a department. This documentation exists in the Daily, the Observer, and other outlets, but itContinue reading “Latest article: Africana Studies launches new major and minor”

And now, for something completely different!

A few things have been saving my life lately (aside from the obvious, of course ;-)) 1. My Black Feminist Theories readings. No words. But I’ll try to find them. Essentially, there’s nothing quite as empowering, awe-inspiring, and frightening as reading the stories, histories, research, findings, etc of black women regarding what it means toContinue reading “And now, for something completely different!”

TV review: Tepid relationships, stereotypes hamper “Basketball Wives LA”

Tepid relations, stereotypes hamper ‘Basketball Wives’ TV Review | 2 out of 5 stars By Brionna Jimerson   Published: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 In recent years, VH1 has begun to catch up to television’s endemic lifestyle−based reality shows by targeting a different demographic of status−conscious viewers. The cable station has produced shows like “Basketball Wives,” “Baseball Wives” (2011−12) and the much more tragic,Continue reading “TV review: Tepid relationships, stereotypes hamper “Basketball Wives LA””

Gallery review: MFA jewelry exhibit brings sparkle, like Beyonce. Or…Jordin Sparks.

MFA jewelry exhibit brings sparkle to the Museum of Fine Arts Exhibit shows jewelry’s importance and influence through history By Brionna Jimerson A south German rosary from the mid-17th century, bequest of William Arnold Buffum. “Jewels, Gems and Treasures: Ancient to Modern,” curated by Yvonne Markowitz of the Museum of Fine Arts, is a study in the appreciation and significanceContinue reading “Gallery review: MFA jewelry exhibit brings sparkle, like Beyonce. Or…Jordin Sparks.”

First (print!) article of the semester! Interview with Provost David Harris

New university provost David Harris brings experience, fresh ideas to the Hill By Brionna Jimerson Published: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 Updated: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 09:09 Provost David Harris sat down with the Daily to discuss his history at Cornell and his future at Tufts. As a sociologist, dean, Obama administration advisor and the interim head of CornellContinue reading “First (print!) article of the semester! Interview with Provost David Harris”

We’re gonna have a good day.

This exchange happened a couple of days ago. I can still feel the dull, throbbing burn.  My boss, to me: “Brionna, send me your story ideas for Basic Black?” Me: scours emails I sent to myself, my Google Docs, notebooks for story ideas from earlier in the summer Her (one minute later): “Did you sendContinue reading “We’re gonna have a good day.”

Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

I was ELATED to hear about Elizabeth leaving her EiC position at The Observer to focus on her own endeavors and a startup! Her new endeavor sounds like a worthy undertaking! Under her watch I can tell The Observer has grown by leaps and bounds. She’s truly a self-made woman, a powerhouse, and a creditContinue reading “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…”

Let’s go to the movies! …too soon? Reflections on the cinema in the wake of Aurora, CO killings

FIRST: As we criticize, analyze, and politicize the happenings in Aurora, Colorado a few days back, let’s not forget to PRAY for the victims, both living and deceased, their families, and for changes in the systems of power that spend so much time policing the Hakeem’s and Juan’s of the world that they let theContinue reading “Let’s go to the movies! …too soon? Reflections on the cinema in the wake of Aurora, CO killings”

Reflections on a weekend of film, in light of Colorado shooting

It’s disgusting to read that the Colorado “thing” is done–it’s a story Americans are familiar with, with an almost predictable “plot”–we cry, we mourn, we talk, we talk in circles, we plan, we don’t commit, we move on with the news cycle. But these are lives, not a story du jour. Can we put thisContinue reading “Reflections on a weekend of film, in light of Colorado shooting”