Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

By Stephanie Younger • CW: This article has descriptions of sexual violence. Could a hashtag topple the career of a popular artist? Hashtags have the power to raise social consciousness about the exploitation of marginalized communities, to give them a platform that influences public discourse, and to ultimately change the status quo. Notably, “#MuteRKelly” was … Continue reading Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

In Response to the Backlash Against “Karen” Memes

By Stephanie Younger •  In late January, during my break in between college lectures, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I suddenly came across a blog post, in which the author, a white woman, claims that “Karen” memes are “misogynistic,” and make white women feel “marginalized,” and “invisible,” and as though their … Continue reading In Response to the Backlash Against “Karen” Memes

Why This New Black Female Voter Should not be Forced to “Vote Blue No Matter Who”

By Stephanie Younger •  When I learned that presidential candidate Joe Biden won 10 states on Super Tuesday on March 3rd, I couldn’t help but think of his political legacy of fighting for segregation, and enforcing the criminalization of Black and Brown communities. Appalled by the amount of Virginians that chose Biden in this primary, … Continue reading Why This New Black Female Voter Should not be Forced to “Vote Blue No Matter Who”

Analysis: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through

By Stephanie Younger •  Do the ways we talk about gender stereotypes represent the struggles we all go through? In Katherine Toland Frith and Barbara Mueller’s article entitled, “Advertisements Stereotype Women” written for the book, “Advertising and Societies: Global Issues,” they write about how the media degrades women and girls. Gender stereotypes obviously affect women … Continue reading Analysis: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through

Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

By Teresa Younger •  Complete with unsolicited comments,touching attempts from strangers, and pressure to do away with your coils right now, or you risk the shame of being prevented from attending your graduation or losing gainful employment? Is natural hair controversy a real thing? How have generations dealt with this constant problem?  My news feed … Continue reading Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

Ways the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

By Stephanie Younger • In the Black community, talking down to, speaking poorly of, publicly humiliating and criminalizing Black youth as a whole is acceptable. In the Black community, body shaming, and devaluing dark skin and type 4 hair on Black girls is acceptable. In the Black community, being violent against Black women and girls, … Continue reading Ways the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

Analysis: How Racial Profiling Affects Black and Brown Women and Youth

By Stephanie Younger •  Are all people in America served and protected by the law? In the documentary, “Profiled – The Mothers of Murdered Black and Latino Youth,” director Kathleen Foster utilizes the power of art, amplifies the voices of Black and Latin American women and youth, and directs attention to protest and dissent. This … Continue reading Analysis: How Racial Profiling Affects Black and Brown Women and Youth