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

A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

After delivering a speech at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond, VA about the significance listening to Black youth in the fight for gun violence prevention, I was offered the opportunity to write for the ACLU of Virginia’s to share my thoughts on juvenile justice, racial justice and womanism. I was then invited … Continue reading A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

When Black Girls Are Robbed of Their Innocence in Progressive Spaces

I'd like to debut this article by showing my appreciation to Art 180 for giving a platform to share my story with racism and online harassment through this painting at their gallery "Everything is Connected." My painting embodies both the fact that Black youth have been rallying against gun violence for generations and my experiences with … Continue reading When Black Girls Are Robbed of Their Innocence in Progressive Spaces

Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

I am writing this as a Black student activist who was excluded from speaking and turned away by the white student organizers of the Virginia #NationalSchoolWalkout Protest that took place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine massacre, at Brown's Island in Richmond. I was scheduled to speak about race and the media’s lack of support for … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

The following list is based on real micro-aggressions and instances of racism I've experienced. The sculpture I created in a class at Art 180 symbolizes how I have transcended the misogyny and racism I have experienced and internalized. Through this sculpture, I want to intraracially, as well as interracially educate people on building an intersectional … Continue reading 20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

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

Today, I had the opportunity to speak at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond 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. From NBC12’s coverage of the event: “Speakers … Continue reading It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About

Many institutions fail to educate Black History and Women's History from the most marginalized voices in the Black community. Black women, girls and non-binary people are often discredited for our contributions to the feminist movement and the civil rights movement. Civil Rights is often centered around cisgender and heterosexual Black men, while mainstream feminism is … Continue reading 14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About