Stephanie Mayo - Lee

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I am a writer from the midwest. 


Cover Photo: "From Spanish and Mulatto, Moorish," Casta Painting
The Mulatto's Tragedy

Kathleen Collins' use of the tragic mulatto trope subverts its racist origins and exposes the true tragedy of being other in America.

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The Healer Woman

"Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown." - Luke 7:47

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How Beyoncé's 'Lemonade' took Us Home

“She pulled in her horizon like a great fish-net. Pulled it from around the waist of the world and draped it over her shoulder. So much of life in its meshes! She called in her soul to come and see” - Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

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The Magic Beyoncé and Melina Matsoukas form

Formation (noun) - the action of forming or process of being formed.

Cover Photo: Underground’s dissection of the ‘Strong Black Woman’ in episode 3 by Stephanie  Mayo - Lee
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Who Gets to Cry

Episode 2 of Underground explores the challenges of allyship and the luxury of grief

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The Lion's Tale

What does a fictional slave narrative look like without the role of the white savior? Underground’s second season is about to show us.

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'Atlanta' is Absurd

Glover's 'Atlanta' proves "there is no fate that cannot be surmounted by scorn."

Cover Photo: WGN's 'Underground' Episode 5 'Run and Gun'
Ain't I A Mother: Motherhood as Freedom in 'Underground'

I thought but for black women enslaved to have a child that you were responsible for that was really yours, that was really freedom. - Toni Morrison