For My Mother

For my mother That loves so hard That gives too much That fights when there is no fight left But fights again That pushes and pulls and tugs and stands and cries and soars for her children That makes worlds from words and hides her poems That heals with gifts, when she is the gift…

Breaking Down Privilege, Light Skin and Beyond

Precious wasn’t a 110-pound light skinned girl for a reason. As NPR described, “the writer known simply as Sapphire, tells the story of a dark-skinned, heavy-set, illiterate African-American girl who has survived multiple pregnancies by her father.” In other words, the character Precious was created by Sapphire to depict one of the most rejected, unprotected,…

Light Girls, When Documentaries Get It Wrong

“If you love yourself, don’t watch Light Girls.” This is what I told a dear friend of mine after watching the documentary. The film was a sequel to Dark Girls, a documentary about colorism in the African American community. Light Girls was supposed to show the other side of the coin and share the views of…

33 Brilliant Quotes From Legendary Black Women Writers

  Growing up as a Black girl writer, various books and writers sustained me. One such writer was Zora Neale Hurston. I lived by her. Her robust unveiling of Black human experiences were the literary nourishment to my young mind. I read over and over again her short story, The Gilded Six Bits.  It was like I…

All My Life I Had To Fight

About four years ago I was having a discussion with a friend about his new web show. He wanted to focus on topics concerning the Black community. I told him we should discuss domestic violence. To which he responded, “That’s not an issue. A sista would never let somebody beat her!” I stood there in disbelief, that a…

Did Anybody Care?

    There were six of them, chained in the basement of a Philadelphia house. The police almost couldn’t believe what they were seeing. The horrors of what the women experienced were almost unbearable to hear. Their kidnapper, Gary Heidnik, chained them, enslaved them, raped them, starved them, murdered two of them and forced them…

The Power Of Sister Circles And Safe Spaces

In graduate school, I was invited to join a sister circle. At the time, I had no idea what that was. What resulted was a life long bond with a group of Black women from across the diaspora (Guyana, Dominican Republic, & across the US). We shared our stories and spent hours revealing our inner…

The Ghost Of Nelly's Tip Drill

“It mus be that a** cause it ain’t your face. I need a tip drill. I need a tip drill.” Hip Hop artist Nelly has reignited a 10 year old firestorm about his notorious Tip Drill video. About ten years ago, Nelly was set to  launch a bone marrow drive for his sister at Spelman…

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