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 […]

I Am A “Problematic” Black Girl

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Being “problematic” isn’t a title which many people would bear with pride. It’s not even a label I necessarily want. But it is a label which I’ve been called a few times. I say things with which many folks agree. I, also, say a plethora of things people abhor. I base my opinions from personal […]

Even The Mighty Get Weary: My Battle With Depression

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Major depression and factors associated with depression were more frequent among members of minority groups than among Whites. *Source https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1199525/ * This past year has been tremendously difficult. An extraordinarily arduous time for me (and my family) due to untimely, soul-wrenching deaths  ( my stepfather, followed by my Daddy and now my grandmother) and the termination of my marriage. *Read about it here*  […]

Heather Heyer’s Death Is Tragic But She Was Not A Hero

Heather Heyer

It isn’t uncommon for our spaces to be filled with “allies”  who come to tell us about how open we should be,  how color-blind they are and/ or how much they care about our plight. A plight that has existed for the better part of five centuries. These conversations, typically, stay within our spaces (where […]

Lil Duval Has Always Been A Problem But Nobody Cared Until Now

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Lil Duval, known to most for being a not so funny comedian, has come under fire for his latest batch of fuckery. During an appearance on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” on July 28, comedian Lil Duval said he would kill a sexual partner if he learned she was transgender. Lil Duval received backlash on Twitter […]