What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

Photo Courtesy of Joe Raedle/Getty Images By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing •  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 … Continue reading What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

A Look into the Women Behind Intersectional Feminism

Courtesy of Liza Donovan/Amplifer Art 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 mammys, the house negroes, the women who fought, struggled and clawed our … Continue reading A Look into the Women Behind Intersectional Feminism

Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Problematic

Photo Courtesy of Hulu By Kiarran T.L. Diaz •  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 … Continue reading Why ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is Problematic

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

Photo Courtesy of Jessica Holmes and Megan Landmeier Photography/Teen Vogue By Stephanie Younger •  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, … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

Photo Courtesy of Dana Washington/L.A Record Magazine By Stephanie Younger • 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 … Continue reading A Conversation With Patrisse Khan-Cullors

When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

Abstract Painting by Stephanie Younger. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger. By Stephanie Younger •  I'd like to debut this article thanking Art 180 for giving me 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 … Continue reading When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

Mural by Hamilton Glass. Photo Courtesy of Teresa Younger. By Stephanie Younger •  I am writing this as a Black student activist who was turned away and excluded from speaking by the white student organizers of the Virginia #NationalSchoolWalkout Protest, that took place on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting, at Brown's Island … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

Mixed-media created by Stephanie Younger. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger. By Stephanie Younger •  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, … 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

Photo Courtesy of Church Hill People's News By Stephanie Younger •  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 … 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

Alice Walker's "In Search of Our Mother's Gardens," 1983. Photo Courtesy of Religion Dispatches By Stephanie Younger •  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 … Continue reading 14 Black Girls, Women & Non-Binary People Every Womanist Should Know About