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3 Reasons to Swipe Right on The Right Swipe

It’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month, or the term I like to use more in my place of work, Relationship Violence Awareness Month (because I work with a population that just doesn’t fit the definition, legal or stereotypical, of domestic violence where heterosexual people are/were married, live/lived together, and/or have kids together. What about regular folks… Continue reading 3 Reasons to Swipe Right on The Right Swipe

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Love Doesn’t Always Make the World Go ‘Round

It’s Hispanic Heritage Month and I read Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia just as it kicked off. It was a great book for the occasion. I was taken on a journey through Mexico and learned some Mexican mythology. I really don’t know what else to say about this book. I mean, it… Continue reading Love Doesn’t Always Make the World Go ‘Round

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Bring back our girls

You know what was a global tragedy that people barely talked about? The kidnapping of the Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria. How did we let hundreds of children be taken from school and held captive for years and doing nothing to return them to their families safe? How did many people in the world not even… Continue reading Bring back our girls

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Normal Black Girls Rock Too

Representation matters so much. Seeing art, success, and passion come from other black women makes me feel like I can do and create anything. I don’t feel so inadequate and insignificant when I see those who come before me doing great things (but it’s also just as important to see people who look like me… Continue reading Normal Black Girls Rock Too

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Fifty Shades of Feminism

My second attempt at reading Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal has been a success! I started it before (the audiobook version) and I didn’t pay attention because I couldn’t stick with the narrator’s voice (a very important characteristic for an audiobook). I decided to give it another chance and I loved… Continue reading Fifty Shades of Feminism

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“Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.”

Let me impress you with one of my high school summer reading list selections: The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison. This wasn’t actually required for me to read in high school. Who wants to read a book about the real suffering of a little black girl anyway? There aren’t any lessons to be learned and… Continue reading “Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.”

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There Will Be No Birthday Miracles

Yesterday was my birthday! As I was approaching 25, I have been reflecting on who I am and who I want to be; I have really been thinking about what my story is. There Will Be No Miracles Here was a fantastic memoir and Casey Gerald is an extraordinary storyteller. I first experienced him on… Continue reading There Will Be No Birthday Miracles