Representation Matters: People of Color Are More Than a Quota


By Janaya Greene, Intern 2015 When I was about seven years old, Disney Channel was my all-time favorite TV network. I couldn't get enough of the channel's funny characters like Kim Possible and Lizzie McGuire, taking on life as young, female students trying to navigate a social life and find themselves. But it wasn't until … [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...]

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...]

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...]

Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

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By Hannah Giorgis This piece was originally published at and can be read in its original context here. It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless. The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in … [Read more...]

Binary Thinking About Body Image Hurts Us All

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By Anonymous “They say that white has might And thin is in, well that’s just bull. Cause ladies, big is back And as for black, it’s beautiful” -Hairspray: “Big, Blonde and Beautiful” A Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll surfaced earlier this year finding that black women have overall higher levels of … [Read more...]

When Colored Girls Are Degraded: An Open Letter to CEO Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group

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By Nuala Cabral of FAAN Mail “All I want for my birthday is a big booty hoe.” – 2 Chainz, rapper Well, all I want for my birthday is for music corporations to be held accountable for routinely degrading women of color. Four powerful corporations are behind the majority of music we hear on the radio and the videos we see on tv. … [Read more...]