Me, My Hair, and My Brownness

Hair and Brownness

By Shailee Koranne for The Aerogram, cross-posted with permission Nine years old: I find a tube of hair removal cream in the bathroom. I decide to use it on my arms, but it takes too long and smells awful, so I get rid of the hair on one arm and not the other. I wear a turtleneck in the middle of June until it grows back. I don't … [Read more...]

Dark Times Under the Radar: Black Women and Mental Illness

Luigi Morante

By Lakesha Lafayett TW: This post contains discussions of trauma, suicide, and self-harm, and may be triggering for some readers. It's a darkness and chaos many people experience, but few understand. Mental health issues are no doubt a problem, yet in trying to get help, black women and other women of color face challenges … [Read more...]

As a Black Lesbian, Queerness Is Not Made in My Image


By Kesiena Boom for BuzzFeed, cross-posted with permission I am unable to marry my Blackness and my queerness in my mind. I will pull myself apart. It starts superficially. I clutch at my hair and despair at the frizz and kink and curl. I go to a white salon for only the third time in my life and ask the gay hairdresser to … [Read more...]

7 Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Failed Me As a Woman of Color

Russell Mondy

By Raquel Reichard for Mic, cross-posted with permission When I was in elementary school, I started dieting. I'd drink my mother's protein shakes and eat off-brand, low-fat frozen entrees. In seventh grade, I decided I just wouldn't eat at all. It worked for a while, but by high school I realized I could have a full meal — so … [Read more...]

10 Things All White Folks Need to Consider About the #BaltimoreUprising

Essence | Mark Makela | Getty Images

By Jamie Utt for Everyday Feminism, cross-posted with permission As I reflect upon the most recent Baltimore Uprising taking place in the wider movement for racial justice in the United States, I can’t help but be simultaneously frustrated and inspired by the White people in my life. I’m inspired by White friends and mentors … [Read more...]

Excellence As a Survival Strategy for Black Women in Academia

University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and the Environment

By Dellea K. Copeland for Conditionally Accepted, cross-posted with permission I am a 22-year-old queer womyn of color, first-generation college graduate, first generation American. I wear my afro like it's 1969. I speak openly about patriarchy and racism. On my desk, you will find an American flag that says "Black Lives … [Read more...]

The Perils of Dating on OkCupid While Black

Kim Manley Ort

By Vanessa Willoughby for Literally Darling, cross-posted with permission Everyone seems to have a convenient solution for single people who have fallen into a monumental dating slump: Look for love online! In the age of instant gratification and lightning-speed technology, the 21st century meet-cute is about as romantic as … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Raise White Children to be Anti-racist Allies


by Dr. Rebecca Hains; cross-posted with permission In recent [months], the nation has been riveted and repulsed by the grand juries’ decisions to indict neither Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, nor New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. In the ensuing … [Read more...]

The White Lie of Post-Racial America

Black Lives Matter

By Tasha Sanders, Intern 2015 I'm staring bleary-eyed at my television, listening to the news anchor tell me that yet another police officer will not be charged in the death of another person of color. I slump in my chair, emotionally fatigued by the injustice, horror, and blatant racism at play. Racism is so interwoven into our … [Read more...]

Working While Black: 10 Racial Microaggressions Experienced in the Workplace


By Dr. Robin Boylorn for The Crunk Feminist Collective, cross-posted with permission I have worked, on and off, since I was fifteen years old. My summer office job financed the name brand school clothes my mother couldn’t afford and grounded me in the work ethic I learned from watching the women in my family go to work from sun … [Read more...]