Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

I'd like to start this article by thanking Mobilizing Youth Project and Women's March Youth Empower for inviting me to speak at the Town Hall For Gun Violence Prevention. The first anniversary of the March For Our Lives movement was last week. It’s mission is to “end gun violence, elect morally just leaders into office and … Continue reading Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

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. On February 14, 2018, … Continue reading Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

I first heard the word “gay” spill from my brothers lips when I was six. “You’re gay,” he said, words sharp like poison. I didn’t know what it meant, I just knew it was bad. Standing there underneath dim Tuscan light, my toes curled up into scratchy carpet. I was taught to hate “gay” before … Continue reading Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

An Open Essay to My Encounters With White Feminism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qqve74iKW4 To the white student activists who accused me of attacking them because I called them out for reducing my Black experience to a thing of the past; You claimed you loved the power of Black female voices, but completely dismissed my Black female voice, by saying there's not much racism at your school, by … Continue reading An Open Essay to My Encounters With White Feminism

The Argument Against Liberal Feminism’s Relevance in 2019

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, movements have broadened their scopes to allow for the inclusion of women of color, queer women, transwomen, and folks … Continue reading The Argument Against Liberal Feminism’s Relevance in 2019

What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

On February 14 my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, came face-to-face with gun violence. On that day I was on the 2nd floor of the Freshman building, the same building we lost 17 of our MSD Eagles. I hid behind my teacher’s desk holding my classmate's hand, in prayer and in fright. For a long time, … Continue reading What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

A Look into the Black Women Behind Intersectionality

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 … Continue reading A Look into the Black Women Behind Intersectionality

Black Women and Girls are Being Left Out of the Conversation Surrounding Human Trafficking

According to The Root, Cyntoia Brown's biological mother faced sexual abuse, poor mental health, and addiction to drugs and alcohol, which led to her diagnosis of fetal alcohol syndrome. After running away from her adoptive parents, then 16-year-old Brown was forced into prostitution by a 24-year-old man who went by the nickname of “Cut-Throat”, and … Continue reading Black Women and Girls are Being Left Out of the Conversation Surrounding Human Trafficking

Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Problematic

In the age of "wokeness," TV shows, and media alike are rushing to find a way to sell their ideas to people who are tired of the nonsense. Different shows, movies, and books try to align themselves with diversity by trying to take shortcuts left and right. Producers love to add one Black character and … Continue reading Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Problematic

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

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 Nupol Kiazolu, Naomi Wadler, … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power