Last night, I dropped into the Clubhouse app. The first room that popped up read “Is Abortion Murder?” Still reeling after the news in Texas, I decided to listen. Quickly, I realized that men and a few close-your-legs-Susans were actively debating a woman’s right to choose. But their jargon seemed pretty one-sided.
First, they debated the utility of human life, insisting that since all babies have the potential for joy, all women should carry their babies to term. But you know what, they did not consider the merits of the mother having rights or her life having utility.
Months ago, I witnessed a Black man attempting to censor a Black woman’s writing. He told her there was no need to write a “divisive” piece because he’s already speaking up for Black women.
What this man and the rest of society need to understand is that Black women face unique challenges and that our voices are unparalleled, valuable, and necessary. How ironic that a man writing about Black women’s issues would try to tone-police and silence a Black woman. Why did he feel entitled to do so?
It’s called Black male privilege.
If you think privilege is something from…
Every day around sunset, my nephew and I go for a walk around our neighborhood. It’s not an ideal time of the day to do so, but we live in a city where it’s hot almost year-round. Evenings are the only hours that offer relief from the heat.
As we walk, I share a lot of things he shouldn’t do:
“Don’t make eye contact with that man.”
“Don’t stop there.”
“Don’t walk so far ahead of me.”
“Don’t point at that car.”
As a young woman, I’m very mindful of the precautions I need to take when walking around at…
As we near the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death and the worldwide social actions that occurred in response to it, reflections have begun to appear and others are sure to follow. Articles like these seek to measure how much has changed. The majority of them will have to admit that almost nothing has. To acknowledge that sad reality is the honest response, and it dishonors such a profound death to pretend otherwise.
What has changed in a year?
Both the size and the global proliferation of protests following Floyd’s death prove that awareness of the Black struggle has changed…
In the 1994 remix of “One More Chance,” The Notorious B.I.G. lists in great detail his effortless finesse with women of all races and ethnicities. The classic cut samples El DeBarge’s “Stay With Me” and features his wife, Faith Evans, and Mary J. Blige on background vocals. It’s partly comical, partly offensive, and all NSFW. Still, apart from a beat that lingers, a few lines really stick with you.
Momentarily putting aside glaring concerns with misogyny in hip-hop, I’ve spent perhaps an inordinate amount of time considering the social influences that led Biggie to rhyme “Heartthrob, never/Black and ugly as…
The year is 2020. As usual, the news is on in our home, providing a background ambiance for our daily lives. The reporter, a White woman who is almost in tears, describes the latest developments in the murder of Breonna Taylor.
Murder. I use that word deliberately because seldom is it attached to the deaths of Black people who have done nothing but exist. And that’s what Breonna did. She lived in a world that did not love her, a world that has never loved anyone like her.
I want to change the channel, but I can’t. Instead…
Consider this hypothetical scenario: You’ve got a box full of apples. The majority of them, say 65, are ripe. But there’s also another 35 that are rotten. Unfortunately for you, there’s only one box and you’re transporting them on a very long road trip, so you have to keep all of the apples together.
You’re so happy that you have more ripe apples in the box; you don’t even think about the rotten ones.
Somewhere along the way, though, you notice a pungent odor coming from the decaying fruit.
You take a moment to check the box and see that…
“Don’t let the water in the boat,” Nipsey Hussle told me on February 22, 2018, six days after the release of his album Victory Lap. “The boat’ll never go down if you don’t let the water in the boat.” It was advice he shared with his daughter sometimes, wise words to hang onto when facing any kind of adversity.
“And that’s just water,” he said. “You know what I’m sayin’? That’s just rough seas. We got a destination. We tryin’ to get across the ocean to the other country, or to whatever land on the other side of this water…
As Derek Chauvin’s trial begins, writer Danielle Moodie reminds us to do everything we can to maintain our mental health.
Read Moodie’s story in its entirety below.
The Black Lives Matter movement is a force. It’s been unapologetic about who it represents and has been doing the work to point out the many racial injustices that African Americans face in the land of the (kinda) free. Eight years have passed since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the killing of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Since then, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Philando Castile, Ahmaud Arbury, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and a litany of other Black Americans have fallen to racial violence. The BLM movement, which started as a hashtag in 2013, sheds light on all those killings…
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