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

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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 different fronts. In a system where transphobia, racism, and misogyny run rampant, existing as a black trans woman is a revolutionary…


Making lemonade out of lemons has always been our strong suit

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Photo by Prince Akachi on Unsplash

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

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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

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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.

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Photo by Samantha Sophia on Unsplash

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.

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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.

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Photo by Kiana Bosman on Unsplash

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…


You’re not fooling anyone…except maybe yourselves.

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Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Intro

Before I get into my piece, I’d like to make a disclaimer. It’s no secret that certain people tend to get defensive with the presence of these conversations and when that happens they often find ways to delegitimize and dismiss any and all concerns that the conversation discusses. Some of you may be wondering what gives me the right to discuss the inner workings of masculinity as a woman? After all, I just recently published an article discussing how men have no place in women’s dialogue. Both of those comments are justified so allow me to answer them. Although you’d…


What I learned about life and adulthood.

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Photo by Honey Yanibel Minaya Cruz on Unsplash

I’ll admit I entered my college career a bit cocky. Proud of finishing off my high school career with a 4.0 GPA and graduating with highest honors, I waltzed into university ignorant to the realities of college life. I, like many others, believed college to be identical to high school or if not identical, very similar.

Was I in for a rude awakening.

As I stand on the other side with a 3.0 GPA I now realize that I could never be more wrong. But despite the blunders that I made during my first semester, there were a lot of…


Just because you have a black mother doesn’t mean you understand her womanhood.

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Photo by Marie-Michèle Bouchard on Unsplash

Dear Reader, as you begin this article I’m going to warn that I do not come in peace. I am not interested in being nice and respectable because the world as of late has treated black women with nothing but absolute savagery. This is the rant of a black woman who is rightfully angry, fed up, and tired. You’ve been warned.

During the past few days, I have become glued to my phone as I have watched black women once again be dragged through the mud on social media. For those of you who don’t know, the latest news originates…

Bih

“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.” I come with truth because I care more about the world than I should.

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