Lemonade: Black Womanhood, Black Pain, and Black Joy

Couple of weeks ago, I was scrolling down Twitter, minding my business as per usual, right? A tweet from HBO is retweeted onto my timeline and my thumb bout near breaks when I rush to press play on the clip of Beyonce's preview of Lemonade. The video was only...what? Thirty seconds? Not only was it … Continue reading Lemonade: Black Womanhood, Black Pain, and Black Joy

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

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