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How I Jeopardize My Feminist Card Every Time

Masculinity as a sociological concept is so fascinating to me, but when it’s intersected by race, I’m even more fascinated. And I’m black, so I’m specifically talking about black masculinity. I’m fascinated for two reasons: because I’m attracted to men (and they suck) and because I’m affected by patriarchy (and that sucks too). But you… Continue reading How I Jeopardize My Feminist Card Every Time

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Coffee Will Make You Black and Womanish

I’ve written before about how growing up, I was not happy with being black. When I look back on how I thought of myself and the messages I internalized, I am sad and ashamed. Occasionally, I may revert to those awful thoughts, but it’s gotten a lot better. It’s funny (it’s actually not funny). As… Continue reading Coffee Will Make You Black and Womanish

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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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“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.”