It’s late Monday morning and I am still recovering from the two-mile trek that is the Atlanta Pride Parade. Everything hurts and itches but I feel spiritually fed and I’m already thinking of ideas for 2015. My relationship with contemporary LGBTQ* activism is complicated. Marriage equality is making strides with 30 states and counting, the […]Read more "Atlanta Pride 2014: Ramblings and Reflections"
As someone that proudly and publicly identifies as a Black feminist, I have ended up in a lot of heated discussions about certain topics that men don’t see as important. One recurring topic is street harassment or why women aren’t receptive to being stopped for conversation. They wonder why women walk around with permanent stank […]Read more "For Mary “Unique” Spears: The Danger of Being A Woman In Public Spaces"
I’ve been gone for a minute but I’m back with da jumpoff thanks to Raven-Symone. Raven recently sat down with Oprah Winfrey for an OWN girlchat and predictably, her sexuality came up along with racial identity. Raven told Oprah: Labels are a precarious thing. Some people swear by them and others see no use […]Read more "Raven-Symone and the Implications of Identity"
Like the rest of the world, I have been following the Ray Rice incident since the video came across my news feed last week. I hate writing just to say I wrote something so I’ve silently watched all the thinkpieces, theories and arguments but now, I have to say something because I’ve noticed a […]Read more "Janay Rice and the Burden of the Mule of the World"
I woke up to news that singer Simone Battle died at the tender age of 25. I didn’t know much about her outside of what various headlines told me but when I saw her face, a sense of dread came over me. She was beautiful, had a great career and to the public’s knowledge, no […]Read more "For Simone Battle and Colored Girls Who Can’t See The Rainbow"
A few months ago, a police officer that was on the scene of Tupac’s fatal shooting shared what is believed to be the rapper’s last words. When asked who shot him, Tupac said “fuck you” and died. On top of that, no one else was talking so his murder is still unsolved. There are thousands […]Read more "Existing While Black: Mike Brown and Why We Don’t Trust the Police"
Originally posted on Ashleigh, Not Ashley:
I have been sitting in my room figuring out what to say about the Trayvon Martin verdict. I am still at a loss and this probably won’t be the last time I address this issue this week but I feel like I just have to put something out there.…
I see stupid stuff go up and down my timeline on a daily basis. I typically ignore it but sometimes I get exposed to something that is so mind-numbingly idiotic that I get mad enough to write about it. Enter the following picture: Y’all, this picture reaches so far that it is tickling Jesus in […]Read more "300 Words or Less: Fire and Fake Intellectuals"
It has been long few weeks, y’all. As I type, the space formerly known as my bedroom is in shambles as I prepare to move into my dwelling, affectionately known as Nappy Haus. Mind you, this is about 24 hours after crossed over to the better side of the Mason-Dixon line after spending four days […]Read more "Hey Y’all! I’m still here and so is this blog!"
Editor’s note: I placed a line break for the readers that might be sensitive to gifs. I use gifs in other pieces too but not to this extent. I’m trying to make this space more accessible for everyone. A couple of days ago, I read a BuzzFeed post in which the author slammed songs about […]Read more "8 Songs By Women Who Know They’re Awesome (Seizure Warning)"