"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."
"I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing."
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.
24 hours feels like nothing these days, doesn’t it? When adulting, life, and everything in-between collides, it just seems like there is never enough time in one day to take care of all of your to-do’s and you--but you have to. You’d be amazed at how one small moment of self-care can be the perfect medicine for the headaches of adulthood.
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.
I’ve always wanted to try yoga but I’m a little—ok, very intimidated. I started following some of the best #BlackYogis on Instagram, hoping their magic inspires me to get started. Here are some of my favs who are making yoga accessible and inclusive. Get into this #BlackGirlMagic
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."