For The Culture: Remakes That Just Happen To Be Better Than The Originals

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I find solace in music. Especially listening to my jams on vinyl. The crackling of the needle on the record is sexy as fuck. I grew up in a house listening to everything but my first love is R&B. My Daddy was a singer, among other things, and played bass for “The Spinners” when he lived in […]

Using Dark-Skinned or Afro-Latino Is Nothing But The Erasure Of Blackness

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Latinos, willfully, refer to themselves as light-skinned or dark-skinned. For example, Ricky Martin would be light-skinned although he is of Castilian and Corsican- descent aka white. A black man born and raised for a bit in Santiago, Cuba; Faizon Love would be dark-skinned. But it’s bullshit. We’ve created a false facade of “unity” by purposely excluding color from our dialogue. For […]

Beyonce Is Proof Positive That Black Mamas Always Have Snacks

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They say, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” And if you’ve seen the photo of Beyonce giving Blue Ivy snacks at the Grammy’s, you know it’s worth a thousand black mamas. Even in Black Panther-inspired couture, Bey made sure her baby would not know the pangs of hunger. She did what black mamas throughout  […]

Transition And Making Space For Grief

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tran·si·tion tranˈziSH(ə)n,tranˈsiSH(ə)n/ noun noun: transition; plural noun: transitions 1. the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another. “students in transition from one program to another” Today marks the first anniversary that my father made his transition from the world of the living to the ancestor realm. Never in a million years could I […]

What Colorism And Anti-Blackness Looks Like Throughout The African Diaspora Through The Lens Of A Bicultural Diasporan

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Being black is dope but navigating blackness can be difficult. Colorism and anti-blackness are alive and well in 2017 and a recent article on Sammy Sosa gave me pause. It’s no secret that Sosa has been bleaching his skin. He spoke about it on Primer Impacto – a Spanish-language news magazine television show on Univision in 2009. His […]

Representation Matters: Why Tarana Burke Should Have Appeared On the Cover Of Time Magazine

Tarana Burke, the sole founder of the #MeToo movement, was featured as one of Time Magazine’s People of The Year for 2017. It is a prestigious award given by an equally esteemed publication. It’s the first time that American women have ever been given the honor.  The cover featured the solemn faces of women who […]

Why #FiercelyLatina Continues To Reinforce The Anti-Blackness Among Latinas

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Yesterday, Gina Rodriguez and America Ferrera hosted the “Fiercely Latina” power lunch in Hollywood. It was a star-studded shindig meant to celebrate “strong Latina women in the entertainment industry”. Latinas coming together to honor one another should have been something of which we all could be proud of except there was one glaring omission. There […]

#MeToo Victims Weren’t Only Adults: My Apology To 7 Year Old Me

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With the victims of sexual abuse and harassment coming forward against Harvey Weinstein, social media has been set ablaze with the hashtag #MeToo. This hashtag brought out confessions from victims all over Twitter and Facebook. Even my own. For the first time, I shared my story yesterday. And I cried.  The tears weren’t for having […]

Open Letter To Khloe Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian

Dear Khloe with a K, Congratulations on your new black baby and all.  I am genuinely happy that you and your sisters have made your having a black baby dreams come true. No. REALLY. Good luck with that and be sure to ask your black friends how to comb your baby’s hair if you have […]

Five Fab Products For Every Natural Hair Type

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Natural hair products yield millions of dollars annually. With the vast array of natural hair types, it is easy to get bombarded with products for every natural hair type in your household. My daughter and I have 2 different hair textures. Mine is primarily 4a with some 3c strands and baby girl is primarily 4b […]