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...]

The Empowerment Project: Meditations on Fear


By Vanessa Leigh for SweetLeigh, cross-posted with permission People everywhere are constantly telling us to love ourselves. Especially now that body positivity is a "trending" topic. I really dislike the word and concept behind the word "trend"... It often feels hard and challenging to love ourselves, and I've written a little … [Read more...]

Why Doesn’t the Literary Establishment Like Books By and About Women?

Easa Shamih

By Shani Gilchrist  This piece originally appeared on Role Reboot. Republished here with permission. Luckily, when I recently came across a New York Times essay by Jennifer Weiner about the increased pressure on female writers to tend to their looks, I was coming out of a difficult couple of weeks rather than going into them. … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Not Good Enough: Diversity and the Arts

Boi Boi Is Dead

By Alex Chisholm for Exeunt Magazine, cross-posted with permission So I said I would write something about "diversity." It is a topic I'm interested in, connected to in various ways. In particular, at the moment I am dramaturg on a production of Boi Boi is Dead by Zodwa Nyoni, produced by Tiata Fahodzi, West Yorkshire Playhouse … [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...]

The Accidental Racism of Matthew McConaughey’s Redskins Nostalgia

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By Olivia A. Cole for The Daily Dot, with permission Too many conversations destined for doom begin with sentences like this: "We were all fine with it back in the good old days!" Matthew McConaughey has found himself bathed in unwelcome limelight after expressing something similar: his desire for the Redskins' mascot (which has … [Read more...]