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Doesn’t look like it from this standpoint

I’d like to start this piece off with a disclaimer; I’m perfectly aware of the ways in which the world has used its power to persecute the black women and girls who live in it. I’m aware of the socialization that black women and girls are indoctrinated into. I’ve built this platform to call out the aforementioned and hold them accountable. But that doesn’t make me any less disappointed and angry with the decisions that black women have made for themselves and continue to make for themselves despite saying we want things to be different. I’ve dedicated this platform to…


Dear Readers,

Spring has sprung for those of us on on this side of the world and summer break has finally come for many of us. I hope you’ve all taken the time to relax and enjoy the natural transitions of the year. First of all, I’d like to apologize for my lack of inactivity on my page. As a pre-med student, my studies tend to take me away from my work. But since summer vacation has commenced I look forward to resume publishing on Medium.

This time off has given me the chance to reflect on what direction I’d…


How Zim Ugochuku’s work help’s us remember that

Though this pandemic has made it difficult, travel is one thing that has always united the world and its people. It has allowed us to learn about ourselves just as much as it has allowed us to learn about each other. It has allowed us to cultivate history, art, and culture. Even if many of us aren’t loading onto ships to go on expeditions, we still travel. We travel for those we love and we travel to ensure our basic needs are met. But many of us travel to explore and satisfy…


How Janet Mock helped to pave a way for black trans women

Disclaimer: In this space, black trans women are women. Period.

Just as the Obama administration saw a swift push of trans rights forward, the Trump administration and the pandemic has seen a rollback of those rights and with it the increasing lack of protection for black trans women. Being black trans and a woman comes with it’s own unique challenges as intersectionality has them fighting on multiple fronts. In a system where transphobia, racism, and misogyny run rampant, existing as a black trans woman is a revolutionary act…


Making lemonade out of lemons has always been our strong suit

Since the beginning of time, beauty is something that has always had a market. Dating back all the way to 4000 B.C when early beauty treatments used berries, bugs, charcoal and other natural resources to create makeup, scrubs, pastes, and exfoliates, one can argue that the market for beauty is one of the oldest markets around today. Ancient Egyptians were known to use kohl as our modern day equivalent of eyeliner in order to create more dramatic eyes, use human hair and wool for wigs (which quickly spread to…


How Dr. Hadiyah Nicole Green is changing cancer research

In the field of science, black women have oftentimes served as the lab rats rather than the scientists and the violation and exploitation of our bodies have served to advance our knowledge of the human body. Despite the contributions we have made to medicine, we are hardly recognized while the white men who violated us are. Physicians like J Marion Sims are hailed as geniuses despite the fact that three slave women Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsey served as the casualties on the road to perfecting the procedure that continues to serve women to this day. The dismissal and disrespect of…


Shedding a light on women who work in the dark

Dear Readers,

Time has flown by so quickly this year and it’s already February aka. Black History Month. Despite the chaos that the world is experiencing, I believe that it is more important than ever to celebrate the stories of black people and our impact on this world. We all know that we have contributed so much and that deserves to be celebrated. But as a womanist, I also am aware of the fact that most of the history that we celebrate is mostly male, cisgender, and straight. In order…


It’s not what you think, I promise.

Within the conversation of romantic partnerships, submission is a stick black women have been beaten with all too many times. Our reputations as difficult, loud and obnoxious are not ones that we can escape from no matter how soft spoken or articulate (no thanks to you, Madam Sapphire), making navigating life outside of romantic partnerships especially difficult. But that is another conversation entirely. …


Let’s enter the new year wiser and ready for the winds of change.

As we all know, 2020 proved to be a harrowing year for black women. We watched women who looked like us be thrown into dumpsters, shot, insulted and dragged. Every other month continued to reveal our vulnerability to ourselves and the world. If 2020 didn’t show black women that all we have is each other then (and the few who choose to stand as our allies), then to put it frankly, no other year will. Although it’s a new year, there will always be people who will…


If we care about the future of our girls, we’ll do well to remember that.

Up until this point, my pieces have worked to address misogynoir perpetrated by black men, the larger society, and the black community. In a recent article “An Open Letter To Black Men: You’re Proximity To Us Isn’t Enough” I discuss a viral video of a black male Youtuber who used his platform to condemn a black woman to the fate of dying alone due to her ‘average’ looks, single mother status, and hesitancy to ‘submit.’ Here, I observed how despite the many black men who…

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“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.”

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