The Obsession with Compartmentalizing Women

When I was a child, my parents told me that I could be anything I wanted to be if I put my mind to it. I could be a doctor, a lawyer, a singer, a firefighter, anything my little heart desired. As I grew older and became more aware of societal gender dynamics, I noticed … Continue reading The Obsession with Compartmentalizing Women

An Open Letter to Kehlani

Dear Kehlani, The first song I heard from you was FWU and I thought, "Hmm, this is catchy." From there I started listening to more of your music. A lot of your songs got me through a recent break-up actually. Your music is perfect to listen to when you fall in or out of love. … Continue reading An Open Letter to Kehlani

Rape Culture in the Black Community & How it Affects Black Women and Girls

Earlier this month, former police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was, to my surprise, convicted of raping several black women. Following this trial via twitter has been tumultuous for me. Tumultuous, rocky, but nonetheless, draining. Daniel Holtzclaw targeted these black women strategically. He targeted poor black women in particular--mostly sex workers and drug addicts because he knew that they … Continue reading Rape Culture in the Black Community & How it Affects Black Women and Girls