Photo Courtesy of Joyce Angela Hounkanrin


About

Joyce Angela Hounkanrin is a lawyer, and Ph.D student living in Bronx, NY. Her fifth book When They Split My Soul Flowers Sprung Forth: A Black Womxn‘s Journey to Transformative Healing was released in May 2020. She is the Director of Sis Our Space, an organization intentioned on uplifting and expanding the intellectual traditions of Black Women.


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

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger. Flowers grown in Teresa Younger’s Garden. 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 … Continue reading A Hummingbird in the Palm: The Impact of Racism on Black Women’s Mental Health

Giving Birth While Black

By Joyce Angela Jellison Hounkanrin • “Do you want her?”             The white nurse’s name was Millie and she proposed this question with regard to the impending birth of my daughter.             I had voiced one fear. I was scared to give birth, (a co-worker had shared with me she had fallen off the bed … Continue reading Giving Birth While Black

The Secret Language of Black Women

By Joyce Angela Jellison Hounkanrin • What is embedded in the language of Black women? What belongs exclusively within our mouths? Briefly translated, there are secrets we have transported from the Middle Passage and kept secreted beneath our tongues; in the folds of our spirits; in the curves of our smiles; and in the salt … Continue reading The Secret Language of Black Women


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