With my sisters, I am best.While these words are the last words in the Affirmation for my sorority, Tau Beta Sigma National Honorary Band Sorority, INcorporated, these six words resonate on a level that extends beyond music and band life. These words have almost become a mantra for existing and thriving through this world as … Continue reading #BlackGirlMagic Amplified Through Music | An Affirmation
Last spring I attended a conference and sat in on a session that featured a panel with both professors and students talking about student achievement. The one common thing I heard repeated was this idea of how professors, if they really cared, needed to be available at all times. In fact, one student asserted that … Continue reading Creating Boundaries: Struggles of Being a Black Woman in Higher Education
"While you sitting up here frustrated and spending your time talking about how they treated you, you should focus on yourself. Those folks are sleeping well at night." One thing I know for sure is my mother is the queen of shutting me down (in love) and re-positioning my focus on what matters. She had … Continue reading Let Em’ Talk Sis…
Dr. Stephanie Evans of Clark Atlanta University undertook a herculean effort: to compile a list of books by, for, and about Black women that are based within women's studies and/or those that fall within the women's studies knowledge tree. Read this post to learn how #CiteASista is connected to this project, and for a direct link to the Black Women's Studies Booklist she developed.
Yesterday was Valentine's Day. If you're like most of us on Team CiteASista you were too busy working or writing or parenting or some combination to make things happen in full force. But that's what weekends are for and we've got a sure hit to get yours popping. Team #CiteASista's fave and fellow Metro ATL … Continue reading Ciara’s #GreatestLove: Our Valentines Day Weekend & Summer Bop
Let our society tell it, Black women have never had an impact on history. Black women have no stories to tell. Black women’s roles are to support - but never overshadow - their husbands, sons, brothers and white counterparts. History tends to leave Black women’s stories untold or flatten their stories into a bite-sized, one-dimensional … Continue reading Books about Black Women to Add to Your Black History Reading List
It's no secret in my friend circles that I was the last one to start having sex of any kind. I squandered my would be heaux years because of raggedy ass purity culture, never exploring myself as a sexual person, ashamed of any and all desire to know another person beyond a kiss or nipple … Continue reading Developing a Healthy Sexual Ethic
2019 is well underway! If you’re like me, you look forward to the new year. After the rest and relaxation that comes with the holidays, the new year provides the opportunity for renewal. With that comes the time to make resolutions. You either want to begin a new habit, set a new goal or finally … Continue reading New Year, New Me: Reflections on My Resolutions
“Fences needed to go up; boundaries required protecting. Bin Laden was not invited to dinner, nor was the humanitarian crisis in Libya, nor were the Tea Party Republicans…Our family time was when big worries and urgent concerns got abruptly and mercilessly shrunk to nothing so that the small could rightly take over.” – Excerpt from Becoming by Michelle Obama I don’t know about you, but the end of 2018 and the start of 2019 have been low key kicking my butt...
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted disease (STD) in the U.S. It is linked to cervical cancer and cancers of the vagina, penis, anus (anal), throat, tongue, and tonsils. These cancers can take years develop but begin when someone becomes infected with the virus. There is only a routine screening for … Continue reading HPV: There’s a Vaccine For That