Dear White People and the cast of “militant” Black characters tell painful truths I’ve been too afraid to say about race. Oh, sure, I write about race and racism all the time; the tagline of this blog is Life + Race + Culture, right? But by and large, I approach race from a theoretical standpoint. I say “white supremacists.” I say “racists.” But I have long been too indirect to come out and tell White people, the identifiable White people in my life, when they overstep. For me, Dear White People presents the question: What if I confronted the White people I know (and love) with the instances in which they make me feel angry, Othered?
On this day, 32 years ago, my mama gave birth to a 3-lb, 11 oz brown dumpling of a baby girl. I came out full-term but I wasn’t fully baked. Doctors stuck me underneath an incubator for a few more days, and I have never quite given up my predilection for warmth and sunlight since. Because I’m so small, I celebrate my birthdays loudly…you will deal.
I am a wife, a mother, a full-time employee, a part-time freelancer, and these are all choices that I made for myself. Sometimes I get tired. But I have to remind myself that’s okay. It’s okay to feel good about the paths I took to arrive here and admit that it’s still not easy. Adulthood, […]
Hey guys, just a quick pop-in from me this afternoon. Yesterday, writer and all-around lovely human being Ibi Zoboi posted on her blog about the 777 Challenge and I was really delighted by it. No, it’s not the weight loss challenge, but a writing exercise to push folks to share their work in progress (WIP). […]
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then Black people should feel like the most flattered demographic in America. Black culture is where White America goes shopping for Halloween and “slumming” to sow its wild oats. This appropriation extends to marketers looking for inroads into a community whose buying power is touted but whose lives are dispensable. Well, I, for one, am tired of Black culture carelessly being used to market any and everything, especially to Black people. Black culture–or any subsection thereof–is often a punchline in the hands of White people who consume culture without investing in or producing it.
Web design is a very White, male space (as are most things tech-related). If you want to support tech professionals who are neither male nor White, you have to be very deliberate about it. So how do you find Black women web designers? It can be a struggle locating creative Black women within this tiny sphere where women are already hard to find. Until I started deliberately looking, I couldn’t name any Black women web designers after months of perusing. And even with Google those names are no picnic to unearth. With all the above said, I challenged myself to find Black women web designers whose work I admired. Why? I never need a reason to love on Black women; I am one.
Sasha Banks is no stranger to raising her voice in crowds. As a slam poet and a winner of the 2013 National Poetry Slam Golden Poem Award, she performs and teaches poetry across the country. But news of the August 9, 2014, shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, rendered her speechless. “I got […]
This is for the woman who works a 10-hour shift only to go to her side hustle for the next 6 hours when she clocks out.
America has always had a problem with revisionist history, from the ever-interesting debate on the reason for the Civil War to the recurrent fiction of a post-racial America. So it doesn’t surprise me that Black folk engage in a similar rampant fallacy about our own community. Let’s talk about the Black Family™, shall we? I don’t think anyone […]
Marsha Ambrosius’ sophomore effort Friends & Lovers is a sexy, sensitive album about wrestling with love and situationships. Clutch your pearls, your bae, or yourself; Ambrosius gets naked and makes you want to join her. Since her early days as one half of the neo-soul group Floetry, Ambrosius has never been one to shy away […]