I have always been black. The majority of my classmates and peers read me as black, and a part of me knew they weren’t wrong; but I had been conditioned to sigh, “No, I’m Puerto Rican.” My blackness was palpable before my understanding of it was.
We’re all still reeling from the election, food comas and family dysfunction that took place over Thanksgiving. And while these feelings of sadness and memories of family craziness won’t dissipate anytime soon, I think it’s important we find some joy to get us through these tough times. Binge watch some black excellence! [Read more…]
I was a black woman with four degrees, the highest being a doctorate, and struggling with bouts of unemployment or underemployment years after graduation. I knew I wasn't the only one.
Twenty-five years ago, Julie Dash made history by becoming the first African-American woman to direct and produce a full-length feature film that was widely distributed in theaters across the country. The New York Times called it, "A film of spellbinding visual beauty." The film was "Daughters Of The Dust."
From Leslie Jones To Donald Trump: White Feminism Will Never Meet At The Intersections Of Negro And Wide Nose
White feminism and its champions are not here for black women. White feminism is only interested in dismantling the heteronormative patriarchy which oppresses white women-- while upholding white supremacy.
Appearance privilege has played a part in the realization of what exactly cis-hetero society accepts and rejects. For the safety of our trans community, it's imperative to break the chain. It's imperative to break traditional binary.
From blues songs such as “No Good Man” by Nina Simone to “He’s Mine” by Mokenstef, black women have been sold a bill of goods that tells them pain is love.
Unless you're using safety pins to jab your racist family and friends in the eye, you can keep them. Own your shit. Stop doing everything but the thing you should be doing… dismantling this oppressive system and using your privilege to benefit marginalized people.
It is not the role of transgender people to teach cisgender people anything for free. Solidarity with the trans community is not a retweet, like or Facebook share. Solidarity is informed, intentional, recurring sustainable acts of service.
Black Lives Matter Means Trans Lives Matter: Why We Need To Address The Violence Against Black Trans Women
Tata Sanchez, was desperately seeking help as she pounded on the front door of a home in Compton, California in the early morning hours just before dawn. She was shot and killed. One moment Tata, a black trans woman, was here and the next she was not. Her life mattered.
White feminism and those who live by it, fail to realize that while they will and often can experience sexism, many fail to acknowledge the racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and even trauma many women of color face.