I don’t want you to feel at ease. I want you to know that you are the byproduct of a successful racist regime that has capitalized off of Black oppression and suppression for centuries. I want you to shed light on the corners of your subconscious you’ve glossed over for years. I want you to realize that being racist is more American than apple pie.
It’s hard to talk about systems of oppression that we benefit from. Light skinned tears don’t belong in the conversation of colorism because you can’t benefit from and be a victim of the same form of oppression.
The COVID-19 pandemic reinforces how leisure is an economic luxury. . Play Your Way through Quarantine
Forgive me, Feminist Idols, for I have sinned. This summer I started watching The Bachelorette. To be fair, at least it’s not The Bachelor… but still. What screams “Post Breakup Therapy” more than making a fantasy spread sheet objectifying men I’ve never met and rooting for a girl who just got dumped by her fiancé? … Continue reading 6 Kinds Of Decent Guys Who Don’t Deserve An Award
I’m not a control freak. I just have very particular standards… and if my standards aren't met, I kinda freak out. And by freak out, I mean I unconsciously pull out my hair. So yeah, I have control problems. BUT DOESN’T ANY BLACK WOMAN WHO’S TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD HAVE CONTROL … Continue reading Self-Care doesn’t mean Careless
The other day I was writing in a coffee shop, and a man in a red flannel commented on a sticker on my laptop. “‘Careful or you will end up in my novel?’” I was mid-sentence and caught off-guard. “Ah, yeah.. I’m a writer” And then the normal conversation follows: Where do you go to … Continue reading On Humans
For the past school year I’ve been working on a long essay (read: a 45-page and growing monster that could turn into a book, but who ACTUALLY knows?!) And after contemplating relationships, names, and identity for going on eight months now, here are four things I’ve taken away: 1) It’s okay to care… just know … Continue reading Back on the Blog
Catcalling is not a compliment. There... I said it. Throughout this summer, I've traveled more on my own than I have during any other time of my life... therefore I've received more catcalls than ever before. As a person struggling with body dysmorphia, catcalling is particularly difficult for me because I'm always anxious about my body … Continue reading 7 Kinds Of Street Harassment That Need To Stop
A few weeks ago I spent a grand total of 42.5 hours commuting via Greyhound/Amtrak (so nearly two full days of becoming quasi friends with the person sitting next to me without ever learning their name and regretting not owning a travel pillow). But to be honest, it wasn’t that bad. I had TONS of books— … Continue reading Book Reviews and Travel News!
Imagine your ideal hot dog (for those of you who are anti-hot-dog, take this moment to reconsider your life decisions and work with me a little). A steaming dog with a perfectly taut casing filled with juicy goodness… nestled between a slightly toasted bun… covered with golden lines of mustard…perhaps topped with relish and onions … Continue reading Ketchup Or Not To Ketchup: Thoughts From National Hot Dog Day