Black girl freed 1,000 men and I could have freed a thousand more if they wanted to see me free too... Ain't that a word?
From time to time, I make a trip to a Godiva store and buy myself some $15 chocolate covered cashews. They're delicious. I appreciate their goodness. I shared my Godiva with a few people. One of them got slick at the mouth about the quality of my chocolate. Okay. Cool. The next time I bought myself … Continue reading Save Your Pearls: “Nice” is a Trap
I have a love/hate relationship with new music because I miss the days of things being clever versus on the nose. Nevertheless, I'm a huge music fan and I listen to everything and almost anything once-- except EDM. Issa no for me dawg. Either way, summertime playlists are a staple for us as Black women … Continue reading Three Songs by Black Women to Add to Your Summer Rotation
Just before I began the first semester of my graduate program, I nervously drafted an email to my advisor. To my surprise, I had been accepted into a program that would help me fulfill my goal of a rewarding career in health education. But part of me thought maybe the selection committee had made a huge … Continue reading Lessons Learned: Reflections on Graduate School 10 Years Later
I learned that I needed to mourn because I got tired of carrying around grief that I pretended did not exist. I learned how to mourn after I realized that I didn't have practices to help honor the grief that I experienced and that I carried with me. I have learned to mourn non-events (i.e., … Continue reading Learning to Mourn Because Sh*t Hurts
“Don’t worry about all that… focus on school, don’t have no babies and when you’re done, everything else will fall into place.” People in my life A decade later, things still seem like they haven’t fell in place. I will be the first to admit that I had plans to be married by 25, kids … Continue reading Focus On School They Said, Everything Else Will Fall Into Place They Said…
So let's talk about this feature image... I participated in this personal project called Scars of our OWN by Sarah, owner and photographer of OWN Boudoir. It is a project where participants are exploring there external and internal scars. These photos were done in March and I had been going back and forth about whether … Continue reading For colored girls who live for snap filters and a little bit of cleavage
Thanks to the ever-evolving intersection between women's health and mobile app technology, you can now have birth control pills delivered to your home faster than the next book on your Amazon wishlist! One of the most important health achievements in the modern era has been the ability for women to decide when or if they … Continue reading Want Your Birth Control Delivered? There’s an App for That!
Mama was the first sista I ever cited and was my introduction to Black womanhood and Black Feminism. Long before I took up room in the academy, Mama taught lessons about agency, an ethic of care, resistance, joy, and love. Mama's words and experiences were legitimate sources of knowledge and her ideas were my tools … Continue reading #IllAlwaysLoveMyMama #ShesMyFavoriteGirl
Being a strong "friend" means I never want to actually talk about the roots of my problems and what's really going on because I don't want to bother people. But receiving a text, phone call, email, something showing a modicum of thought beyond "can you help me with" can be seriously affirming.