Stephanie (she/her) is a 19-year-old based in Richmond, Virginia, where her work centers the intersections Black feminism and womanism have with police and prison abolition (Virginia Student Power). Stephanie’s work regarding abolition is heavily influenced by the anti-Blackness she dealt while attending Henrico County Public Schools as a young Black girl, and her experiences being criminalized throughout her formative years. At 14, she channeled the grief she held for Black people who were murdered by police, as well as her own trauma, into writing and working with other Black youth to apply conflict resolution to address harm and violence (Richmond Youth Peace Project). Stephanie’s middle-class upbringing in Henrico County is not without privilege, and she knows that it’s imperative to commit herself to police and prison abolition by working with other Black youth and centering their voices to dismantle the youth prison system (RISE For Youth), and invest in transformative ways to address harm and violence. Her words have also appeared on Richmond Times-Dispatch, RVA Magazine and Hello, I Am.


A Conversation with Taylor Scott, Founder of RVA Community Fridge

By Teresa Younger and Stephanie Younger • We are grateful to have a conversation with Taylor Scott for a conversation that was centered on the RVA Community Fridges, which she founded in 2020. The community fridge is a concept and a place where communities are given access to share and collect food.

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A Conversation with Ruby Sales

By Stephanie Younger • At the Katie Geneva Cannon Center for Womanist Leadership (KGCCWL) Virtual Spring Conference, I had the unforgettable experience of interviewing Ruby Sales, a freedom fighter, theologian, and …

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The Movement Fighting for LGBTQ+ Liberation in Ghana

By Stephanie Younger • Last week, we spoke with Fatima Derby, a Ghanaian feminist thinker, writer and organizer, who stands for freedom, justice and equality. During our conversation via Instagram Live, we discussed the violence LGBTQ+ people in Ghana are experiencing, what influences homophobic and transphobic violence against queer and trans Ghanaians, and the fight for their liberation.

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No One Should ‘Enjoy Things’ at the Expense of Black Lives

By Stephanie Younger • During an uprising in defense of Black life calling for the abolition of the police state and the carceral state, it seemed that liberals who were saying “listen to Black women,” were solely speaking in reference to Black women who do the labor of “saving our Democracy.”

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Review: Little Fires Everywhere

By Stephanie Younger • Little Fires Everywhere is a limited series on Hulu, based on the book authored and published in 2017 by Celeste Ng, that aired from …

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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 claims that referring to a white woman as a “Karen” is “misogynistic,” make white women feel “invisible” …

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The Long Legacy of Anti-Blackness within the Feminist Movement

By Stephanie Younger • This year, a Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles, California was excluded by the Women’s March in LA. In an article for LA Progressive, Melina Abdullah, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, wrote an article detailing the harm caused by the Women’s March.

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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 the criminalization of Black youth.

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Our Liberation Must Be Centered In the Climate Justice Movement

By Stephanie Younger • Even though Black youth and youth of color – especially Indigenous youth – are the most affected communities by climate change, and have been combating this issue for a very long time, our voices are always excluded and left out of the conversation and action surrounding climate change. 

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Havana Chapman-Edwards on Student Activism

By Stephanie Younger • 7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting.

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Black Girls Must Matter at School

By Stephanie Younger • In 2006, my family moved out of Charlottesville to attend school in Henrico, county outside of Richmond, Virginia. Throughout the past 12 years that I’ve lived here, I spent most of elementary school in HCPS, spent 3 years in private school, and returned to HCPS for part of middle school.

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Film Review: The Hate U Give

By Stephanie Younger • The Hate U Give is a film based on the acclaimed YA novel authored by Angie Thomas. Directed by George Tillman Jr., this film begins with a then 9-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), her younger brother, Sekani (TJ Wright) …

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The Movement Demanding Justice For Marcus-David Peters

By Stephanie Younger • Last week, I met Princess Blanding at an art build for the upcoming National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters. I recently had a conversation with Blanding about demanding justice for her brother, Marcus-David Peters, who was murdered by the Richmond Police Department.

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Patrisse Cullors on Art, Intersectionality, and Her Memoir

By Stephanie Younger • On June 11, I met Patrisse Cullors briefly after she accepted the “Next Generation Award” at the ACLU National Membership Conference. Cullors is an organizer, writer and artist who co-founded Black Lives Matter Global Network and founded Dignity and Power Now.

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When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

By Stephanie Younger • My painting in Art 180’s gallery called “Everything is Connected” is about both the racism I experienced within the gun violence prevention community. The different colors represent the emotions I felt throughout the time I faced online harassment …

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Why I Walked Out on My Own

By Stephanie Younger • I am writing this as a young Black person who was excluded from speaking at the Virginia National School Walkout Protest at Brown’s Island in Richmond, Virginia, led by the same students who organized the local March For Our Lives rally.

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Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

By Stephanie Younger • Originally published on HCPL TeenScene’s Read & Review • A 16-year-old Black teen who has witnessed the two fatal shootings of her childhood best friends, tries to make sense of the world. Starr Carter witnessed the first shooting when she was ten. 

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