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 […]
October has finally made its glorious appearance in 2014, which means the holiday season is nearly upon us. Usually I love the holidays because I get to see my extended family. But that also comes with some anxiety because…I get to see my extended family. And if you’re ever around Southern women at a gathering with food, you will see someone scooping yams onto their man’s plate. That someone is not ordinarily me.
The jig is up. It goes without saying that the NFL is a business and not a family, as they purport themselves to be. They may run marketing campaigns showing the “NFL Cares,” but they care most of all about their profit margins. A player who threatens that bottom line with their off-the-field antics is liable […]
Amber Rose doesn’t need me to cape for her with assets like the ones she’s holding. I am not in the habit of rising to the defense of women who can shrug off criticism with the isolated flex of a single golden butt cheek. I believe in her agency as much as I do her gluteal talent. […]