I was only fourteen when I explicitly declared something that would later influence perhaps what is my worldview, identity, etc., yet I never took a moment to ask myself why so? And it is only a couple of years ago I began to question, "why feminism?"
The idea that children’s bodies belong to them and no one else is considered revolutionary in my family, and that’s the saddest part of all.
Here are the self-guiding goals/rules I’ve created for myself to help me achieve greatness next year. Hint: It involves Kanye and weird ass clothes.
"I wanted to make it really clear to her that as much as I was going out and fighting for other women's options, I myself had never had an abortion. I felt it was important that people know I was unblemished in this department."
If you are like me, 2016 has been an incredibly difficult year full of racism, misogynoir, and sadness. Music saved my sanity. It carried me, comforted me, guided me, and gave me solidarity, shelter, and freedom where there was none otherwise.
I turned around to face this man while simultaneously reaching inside my purse. As I faced him with my hand inside my bag, I sensed something different from him, no longer predatory. Fear. He was afraid of ME.
Whatever the situation, you are not beyond help. You are not alone, and you don’t have to walk alone in your journey of healing. The next steps may not be easy, but with the right support, you can conquer them, one step at a time.
"Too often women are not supported enough or are discouraged from choosing their path. I hope together we can change that. For me, it was a question of resilience. What others marked as flaws or disadvantages about myself – my race, my gender – I embraced as fuel for my success. I never let anything or anyone define me or my potential. I controlled my future."
It’s World AIDS Day: You Need To Know That Black Women Account For Over 60 Percent Of New HIV Infections Among Women
Traditionally black women have always put everyone’s needs before their own and I think it’s time we discuss how we can mark World AIDS Day by starting a conversation about our health.
Most of us have experienced misogynoir and sexual racism from white men in some way, whether it’s the disgust of black womxn or the other end of the spectrum—the hypersexualization of black womxn on the other side. Both are equally painful, traumatizing, and marginalizing.