An Interview with Nupol Kiazolu

By Stephanie Younger • When we spoke with Nupol Kiazolu in 2018, she was completing her senior year of high school, preparing to attend Hampton University, and she was the President of Black Lives Matter Greater New York Youth Coalition. She is now 22 years old, and next year, she will graudate Hampton University with her degree in political science and begin law school. Continue Reading

Why We Need to Support the Transport for London (TfL) & Network Rail Workers’ 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. 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

Black British English: What is the Relationship Between Language, Race & Class in London?

By Chloe Alexandria • Opportunity, social mobility and economic success is determined by one’s ability to fulfill the linguistic expectations of a white British society. Living in London, I often witness the ways in which English speakers are favored, seen as the norm and given access to linguistic capital. 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

Demonizing Human Movement: Criminalizing Immigrants in the United States

By Kayla Dorancy • Immigration is a universal practice by people that’s survived countless generations. The United States is known universally as a “melting pot” of culture and nationality. The inclusion and diversity of America is often embraced and is her most remarkable feature yet, internationally. Racial and ethnic variety is claimed to be the foundation of the United States’ greatness. Continue Reading

New York City School Integration, An Urban Legend

By Kayla Dorancy • If I were to ask you when New York City schools were integrated, what would you tell me? 1954 right? In fact, most people reference Brown versus The Board of Education and 1954 as when schools were integrated. You're not wrong that in 1954 Brown versus Board of Education was won by abolishing separate but equal and compelled all schools in the United States to be fully integrated. However, the creation of laws to uphold the Supreme Court ruling and their enforcement were/are not reflective of the case's ruling. 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, wealthy 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

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

By Stephanie Younger • During a revolution about police and prison abolition, liberals have been advising the Black youth who are advancing these movements to "just vote." A remarkable example of this paternalistic behavior is experienced from white liberal feminists who, instead of organizing 52% of white female voters who helped Trump win in 2016 to not elect him for another term, are choosing to further silence young Black feminists and abolitionists when the politicians of their liking fail social movements many of our self-proclaimed "allies" claim to care about. Continue Reading

Who is Solidarity For: Intra-Racial Solidarity for True Black Liberation

By Kahlia Phillips • “Who is solidarity for?” was a question posed by Ebony Donnley, the partner of Ericka Hart, in an IG live show and I’ve been pondering this question ever since. Our priorities around who we, as Black people, engage in solidarity with are not in order and it’s time that we change that. 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

Equity Beyond COVID-19: Why we Shouldn’t go Back to the Beginning

By Giovanna Adams • Originally published on HB4 Diversity's Newsletter • As a global health crisis has entered all of our lives, we’ve seen the impact on equity in education, challenges to our daily economics, and have only begun to see the ramifications on our psyches from social distancing and for some, social isolation. 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

Oppression Expression: Answering Zora Neale and Mother Lorde

By Kristin Couch • Reading Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde led me to question myself about the stance I take on activism. These writers represent two polar ideals of being that I have struggled to find identification with. Zora Neale, my humanist hero who finds that everyone should enjoy being in her company, and Audre, my radical writer who so eloquently speaks about the struggles of being a Black lesbian. 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

The Movement Against Gun Violence Needs to Look Like Everyone

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

Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

Anonymous • In the third grade, I remember standing in the lunch line waiting for cheap spaghetti and old milk. I would look at the other girls in line and think about how pretty they were. And then I’d tell myself to stop being gay. "Stop it, stop it, stop it." I pushed those feelings to the bottom of my existence and eventually they were so distant I found myself floating in identities that weren’t mine. Continue Reading

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 rally in Richmond, Virginia, which led to being quoted in multiple local news outlets, being invited to write articles for the ACLU of Virginia, and to organize with a group of student activists. In the midst of these opportunities, I faced racism and online harassment by the students who organized the local March For Our Lives rally. Continue Reading

Reconstruction Over Reformation: The Argument Against Liberal Feminism’s Relevance

By Roshaé M. Lowe • Liberal feminism (often interchangeable with humanist feminism has very little relevance today. Times have changed and gender is no longer regarded as the lone oppressive factor for women. With the rise of the theory of intersectionality, feminism has broadened its scope to allow for the inclusion of women of color, queer women, trans women, and folks outside of the restrictive gender binary. 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

Art 180 Opens “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out” Exhibition

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 and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters

By Stephanie Younger • I recently met Princess Blanding at an art build for the upcoming National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters on October 13th. In May of this year, Blanding's brother, Marcus-David Peters, was murdered by the Richmond Police Department while he was having a mental health crisis; and just yesterday, the commonwealth attorney of Richmond, Virginia ruled the murder a "justifiable homicide." This week, I spoke with Blanding about the movement demanding Justice and Reformation for her brother. Continue Reading

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

By Stephanie Younger • The following list is based on my real experiences with misogyny, ableism and anti-Black racism, that I’ve written on a mixed-media piece I created during an art program at the VCU Arts’ Department of Sculpture + Extended Media. Today, my artwork—among my classmates' artwork—was included in a gallery at Art 180. Continue Reading

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

By Stephanie Younger • Today, I was a speaker at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond, Virginia 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. Continue Reading

14 Black Girls, Women & Non-binary People Every Intersectional Feminist Should Know About

By Stephanie Younger • Last month, I made a short video that celebrates the intersections of Black history & feminist history. Why both? 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