Stephanie Younger

About Stephanie Younger is an 18-year-old student who created Black Feminist Collective and fights for a world abolished of prisons, policing and systems of policing, and is passionate about its intersections with womanism. On May 5th, 2017, Black Feminist Collective was born when she wrote & published a long article spotlighting Black girls, Black women … Continue reading Stephanie Younger

What Alice Walker’s Definition of Womanism Taught Me in 2020

By Stephanie Younger • In 1983, Alice Walker, a Black feminist, poet, author and activist coined the term “womanist” in her book, “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens: Womanist Prose.” Womanism offers a space for Black feminists who have been erased from our own labor for the mainstream feminist movement, which often centers white, cis … Continue reading What Alice Walker’s Definition of Womanism Taught Me in 2020

A Hummingbird in the Palm: The Impact of Racism on Black Women’s Mental Health

By Joyce Angela Jellison Hounkanrin • I hate mornings, yet I make a promise to myself to be up early. This morning I have no choice in the matter; someone is incessant in their attempts to reach me. The phone, which I keep under my pillow, wakes me and I see it is my therapist … Continue reading A Hummingbird in the Palm: The Impact of Racism on Black Women’s Mental Health

Call-to-Action: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students in Virginia

By Skyla Bailey •  A Message to Virginia Department of Education (VDOE): Our history classes constantly teach students to think of European History when they think of “American” History. However, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinx Americans are all part of America. Students of Color in Virginia want to learn more about our … Continue reading Call-to-Action: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students in Virginia

Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

By Stephanie Younger • Demanding labor from Black youth is rooted the anti-Black idea that our worthiness relies on what we do and how much we do, which affects the fight for our liberation. Liberals have been demanding labor from young Black feminists to electing our way towards Black liberation. There are so many Black … Continue reading Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

Call-to-Action: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students In Virginia

By Skyla Bailey •  As Black and Brown youth, we are tired of being considered second place, tired of having the education system fail us, and tired of being behind. We want to have all schools in Virginia to become equitable sanctuaries where every student can flourish. This petition is an essential call-to-action. We ask … Continue reading Call-to-Action: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students In Virginia

Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

By Stephanie Younger • Content warning: Mentions 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 started in … Continue reading Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

6 Ways I Have Faced Anti-Blackness By White Liberals

By Stephanie Younger • As a young Black female organizer, there have been times where white liberals have invited me to work with them. Each time this happened, and as time passed, I realized that I was experiencing tokenism, that I was consistently being spoken over and stereotyped. So, I wrote this article based on … Continue reading 6 Ways I Have Faced Anti-Blackness By White Liberals

The Backlash Against “Karen” Memes is Peak White Feminism

By Stephanie Younger •  In late January, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed during my break in between college lectures when I 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 needs … Continue reading The Backlash Against “Karen” Memes is Peak White Feminism

Facing Anti-Black Racism at the Hands of “Gun Reform Activists”

By Stephanie Younger • There were good and bad experiences that I had as a young Black organizer between then and now, leading up to where I am today. When I was 15, I was taught to maintain resilience in the face of an empowering, defining moment in my activism, followed by a devastating experience. … Continue reading Facing Anti-Black Racism at the Hands of “Gun Reform Activists”

Why I Am not “Voting Blue No Matter Who”

By Stephanie Younger •  When I learned that 2020 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 people. Appalled by the amount of Virginians that chose Biden in this … Continue reading Why I Am not “Voting 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 • Content Warning: Mentions of self-harm • 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 … Continue reading Ways the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

Analysis: The Impact of Policing on Black and Brown Mothers and Children

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: The Impact of Policing on Black and Brown Mothers and Children

Black Youth have Fought For Our Climate

By Stephanie Younger •  I believe in womanism and the abolition of youth prisons. I also believe that climate justice is racial justice, and in this fight for climate justice it is important to validate Black lives. Even though Black and Brown youth are one of the most affected demographics, and have been combating this issue for a very long time, we’re … Continue reading Black Youth have Fought For Our Climate

Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

By Stephanie Younger •  Nearly a year ago, I was given the opportunity to deliver a speech at the March For Our Lives in Richmond, Virginia, which led to being quoted in multiple local news outlets, being invited to contribute articles to the ACLU of Virginia’s website and to organize with a group of student … Continue reading Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

An Open Essay About My Experiences with the White Moderate

By Stephanie Younger •  In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail,” “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride towards freedom is not the White Citizens Counciler, or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted … Continue reading An Open Essay About My Experiences with the White Moderate

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Student Activism

By Stephanie Younger •  7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her story went viral and captured the attention of CNN, Refinery29, The Washington Post, USA Today and more. With her honorees … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Student Activism

‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

By Stephanie Younger •  On Saturday Nov. 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics, to “honor the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline.” The community, composed of speakers, dancers, singers, poets and other performers gathered outside of Hotchkiss Community Center to raise awareness about … Continue reading ‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

“Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  Art 180 is an RVA-based organization that gives marginalized young people the opportunity to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance, and more. On Friday, October 5th, they opened “Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out!” a mixed-reality exhibit that raises awareness about the … Continue reading “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

The Story Behind “Help Not Death”

By Stephanie Younger •  At an art build for the National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters, I met Princess Blanding, a co-founder of Justice and Reformation, and interview her about how the murder of her brother, Marcus-David Peters galvanized her into action. Most recently, The Commonwealth Attorney of Richmond decided to not … Continue reading The Story Behind “Help Not Death”

Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Art, Intersectionality, and Her Memoir

By Stephanie Younger •  On June 11, I had the unforgettable experiences of meeting Patrisse Khan-Cullors, briefly after she accepted the “Next Generation Award” at the ACLU National Membership Conference. I recently interviewed the artist, organizer, and writer, who founded Dignity and Power Now, co-founded Black Lives Matter, and recently authored her memoir, “When They … Continue reading Patrisse Khan-Cullors on Art, Intersectionality, and Her Memoir

When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

By Stephanie Younger •  I’d like to start this article thanking Art 180 for giving me a platform to share my story with racism and online harassment through this painting at their gallery “Everything is Connected.” My painting embodies both the fact that Black youth have been rallying against gun violence for generations and my … Continue reading When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism and the Fight for Black Lives

By Stephanie Younger •  The murder of Trayvon Martin ignited a fire within a then 12-year-old Nupol Kiazolu “that [she’s] never felt before.” “I couldn’t fully articulate how I felt at the time, but I knew I was angry,” she wrote in a post on Instagram. “A few days after your murder, I came to … Continue reading Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism and the Fight for Black Lives

Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

By Stephanie Younger •  I am writing this as a Black female student activist who was turned away by the student organizers who excluded me from speaking at the Virginia National School Walkout Protest that happened yesterday at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA; on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Weeks ago, the … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

By Stephanie Younger •  The following list is based on real micro-aggressions and instances of racism I’ve experienced, written on the mixed-media piece I created in a VCU Future Studio program at the VCU Arts’ Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, and exhibited at Art 180. It symbolizes how I have transcended the misogyny and … Continue reading 20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

By Stephanie Younger •  Today, I had the opportunity to speak at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond addressing the fatal school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. My speech shed some light onto how gun violence disproportionately affects women, queer and trans people, and Black communities. From NBC12’s coverage … Continue reading It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

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14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About

By Stephanie Younger •  Many institutions fail to educate Black History and Women’s History from the most marginalized voices in the Black community. Black women, girls and non-binary people are often discredited for our contributions to the feminist movement and the civil rights movement. Civil Rights is often centered around cishet Black men, while mainstream … Continue reading 14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About