Why We Need to Support the Transport for London (TfL) & Network Rail Worker’s Strikes

By Chloe Alexandria • Throughout the summer of 2022, Transport for London (TfL) and Network Rail staff have been protesting against the poor working conditions, low pay and increasing cuts towards the transport sector. On Friday, 19th August, 400 overground and 10,000 Tube workers are set to strike for 24 hours. This movement is a part of the biggest strike action in 30 years since 1989, and is set to continue if employers fail to address their concerns.Continue Reading

5 Books By Black Women You Should Read Instead of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

By B.J. Wright • Originally published on Calypsoul • In December 2018, the Black Feminist Collective published a short essay by Kiarran T.L. Diaz titled, “Why The Handmaid’s Tale is Problematic”. Now, I’ve never read the book or watched the show, and while Diaz’s critique focused explicitly on the Hulu original series, I’ve come to find that there is usually nothing lost in the translation of white narratives from literature to film. Continue Reading

Sci-Fi As Accessible Movement Building: A Review of “The Tiger Flu” by Larissa Lai

By Chloe Dunston • The Tiger Flu is set in the year 2145, which author Larissa Lai depicts as a “time after oil” divided by factions, gender, disease and technology. After years of greedy leadership, environmental degradation, and the exhaustion of fossil fuels, Saltwater City and its outskirts stand alone in what was formerly Vancouver, Canada. Continue Reading

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 founder of the SpiritHouse Project. I am honored to have had this conversation with Ruby Sales, and to have this knowledge shared with me because there are so many similarities between our journeys as Black liberationists. Continue Reading

Dispute the Questions: Reflections on Non-Hegemonic Feminism in Latin America

By Mariana Álvarez Castillo • Originally published on Afroféminas • Regarding the feminist commemoration dates, it is important to think about some of the discussions that have historically taken place within the movement, but that in the context of the recent 8M are shaken, deepened, and resumed. I like to think that this is what these dates are for: not to assume that all the answers have been given, to surrender to the dilemma, the contradiction, the discomfort of being an activist, being anti-patriarchal, being anti-racist. Continue Reading

Bodies and Forcefulness: The Experience of Blackness in the work of Delphine Desane

By Mariana Álvarez Castillo • Originally published on Afroféminas • Delphine Desane (B. 1988) places moments of her world in limbos of colors: from her experience as a Black woman in Europe, she brings situations, outfits, faces and hair to the canvas. With flat colored backgrounds and penetrating gazes, Delphine makes visible the Black corporality that surrounds her, from a place that involves the intimate, the meditative and the forceful. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

Black Women and Girls Must Be Protected When We Are Alive

By Teresa Younger • Content warning: Sexual violence and murder • According to PEW Research Center, 235 Black people were shot to death by the police in 2019. The social movement against systemic racism and police violence continued in 2020, when believers around the world turned out following the May 25th police murder of George Floyd, during the global pandemic. Continue Reading

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 women who are seeking to be equal to white, cis men. Continue Reading

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 March 2020 to April 2020. The series takes place in 1997, and begins when Mia Warren (Kerry Washington), an itinerant artist and her daughter Pearl (Lexi Underwood) move to a property in a liberal, upper middle-class neighborhood in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Continue Reading

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

By Joyce 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 calling, reluctantly I answer and he greets me in a rush of words I imagine tumbling over his tongue and crashing over his teeth. Continue Reading

Reflections on Black Suffering, Grief and Re-imagining Freedom

By Alexandra Brown • Originally published on Conversations With •  This reflective piece is a summary and critical analysis of a conversation between author, activist, and Afro-Pessimist philosopher, Professor Frank B. Wilderson III and Chairman of ‘Before Columbus Foundation’, Justin Desmangles. The discussion was entitled, ‘Re-Imagining the Black Body: Race, Memory, and the Excavation of Freedom Now’.  Continue Reading

A Letter of Urgency

By Alexandra Brown • Originally published on Conversations With • I wish to begin by sharing a prose I wrote in response to the murder of George Floyd. Institutional, systematic and structural racism, feels like I am dying a slow and painful death. When I learnt of the murder of George Floyd, it was like trauma to the soul. I fell silent, as I screamed. I am filled, consumed and embroidered with rage. Continue Reading

The Secret Language of Black Women

By Joyce 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 of our tears. Our language is revealed in our loving; our food; and our mothering. Continue Reading

The Fight For Black Lives will not be Palatable: On Liberal Co-Optation of Anti-Racism

By Stephanie Younger • 10 days ago, I climbed up the Robert E. Lee Statue at a protest in Richmond, Virginia—the former capital of the Confederacy— and I was asked to speak in front of a large crowd of protestors. This was unplanned, and I have been grieving so heavily these past few weeks that I had no idea what to speak about at first. Continue Reading

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," "marginalizes" white women and ignores the "needs," which they often demand at the expense of Black lives. Continue Reading

Queer Windows in Dembow Music

By Princess Jiménez • Originally published on Kultwatch • In the Dominican Republic, where supposedly moral society and the Church often espouse virulent homophobia and transphobia, an unusual alliance has appeared among the very poorest: singers and producers of popular music genre Dembow are working with queer people and trans women, who have become huge stars in their own right.  Continue Reading

Beauty is A State of Mind

By Graciela Barada • Originally published on Cuatro Meses en Barbados • When I was about ten or eleven years old, I became overly conscious of my body and the lens through which the world saw it. Arguably, everyone deals with fluctuations in their self-esteem, particularly in regards to body image and especially during puberty, a confusing time of uncertainty and change. Continue Reading

Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day

By Taneasha White, Brooke Taylor, Sarmistha Talukdar and Rebecca Wooden Keel • Mother’s Day inspires images of family, bonding and care. May 12th is right around the corner, and many of us will be spending the day with our family. However, we forget that many Black women will spend this day in cages, just because they don't have enough money to pay bail. Continue Reading

The Mandate for Black Men

Anonymous • Black men have to grow a politic around gender based violence. Y'all need to know how to talk about this. Black men, you have a responsibility to grow your understanding of gender based violence because Black women need you to learn to talk about it in a way that doesn't point blame to the survivor of violence, or minimize the reality that Black women face abuse and harm. Continue Reading

Review: MTV’s Documentary “White People”

By Raina Cornish • Racial profiling, “color blindness”, racist crimes, hatred. These are all issues that are making the world more divided than ever. People always say that we need to stop history from repeating itself, but how can we stop it if we continue to add fuel to the fire of racism and bias to other races? MTV released a documentary back in 2015 labeled White People directed by Jose Antonio Vargas. Continue Reading

Reflecting on Intersectionality in the Gun Violence Prevention Movement

By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing • According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Intersectionality means, “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage." This term is very well-known in the fight for gun violence prevention. Continue Reading

What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

By Fallen Matthew • Life just keeps getting better and better for me. I have been afflicted with inexplicable symptoms and anxiety surrounding them for the past decade—all of which were either downplayed or dismissed by my MD, an upper-middle class white man generations removed from mine, despite a CT scan that showed “basal ganglial calcification.” Continue Reading

Protect My Olive: How Policies Around Gender Binaries Affect the Representation of The Black Women’s Olive Within Family Planning Commercials

By Jameelah Lewis • "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me," these are just a few that every person bullied to stay strong, but the question in play here is, how do you stop a bully? It seems that African-Americans are picked on through the media more than any other ethnicity group or marginalized community. Continue Reading

5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

By Daylisha Reid • I grew up in a family with liberal viewpoints. As a child I had a basic, uninformed understanding of politics: Republicans are racist and influenced policies that benefited the wealthy, and kept the poor stagnant; Democrats are not racist, they are progressive human rights influencers that create social and economic opportunities that are accessible for everyone, regardless of race, religion, gender, or sexual orientation. Continue Reading

A Look into the Women Behind Intersectional Feminism

By Sharayah Alkire • By Black mothers, in many forms, are a large part of our literature, movies and society in general. They are the women standing at the forefront of the civil rights movement, they are the mammies, the house negroes, the women who fought, struggled and clawed our way into the light. We as Black women have been a group that has been portrayed in so many forms we must struggle to be seen in any other way. Continue Reading

Movie 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 (portrayed by Amandla Stenberg), her younger brother, Sekani (TJ Wright), who was one year old, and her older brother, Seven (Lamar Johnson), who was ten years old, being given “the talk” by their formerly-incarcerated father Maverick Carter (Russell Hornsby), which many Black parents give to their children how to act around police and survive encounters with them. Continue Reading

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

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, they opened the exhibition, "Lift Us Up! Don't Push Us Out!" a mixed-reality exhibit that raises awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline, the youth and their families affected by this issue. Continue Reading

#HelpNotDeath: 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 on October 13th. Over the week, I spoke with Blanding about the movement demanding Justice and Reformation for her brother, Marcus-David Peters, who was murdered by the Richmond Police Department in May of this year. Continue Reading

When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

By Stephanie Younger • My painting in Art 180's gallery, "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, and this piece has allowed me to express my frustration with my voice being marginalized in this movement.
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14 Black Girls, Women & Non-binary People Every Intersectional Feminist Should Know About

By Stephanie Younger • Many institutions fail to educate people about Black liberation and the feminist movement from the narratives Black women, Black girls and Black non-binary people, who have fortified our movements in such powerful ways, but are often discredited for their work on the frontlines of Black liberation—which is often centered around cishet Black men, and mainstream feminism—which often centers cishet white women. Continue Reading