Uterus Support: A Letter to Some of My Dudes

I sent this to many of the cis-het men I know. One of them (thanks, Mordecai!) asked me to make it a Medium post so he could share it. Thank you, Sharon Dolan for the inspiration. Hi, my cis-het dude friends and family! How are you doing? Great, I hope! So, as well-informed, thoughtful people, … Continue reading Uterus Support: A Letter to Some of My Dudes

Trigger Warning

At 13, she is already held responsible if her shoulders are showing in school, she is sent home on behalf of the boys who are distracted. She grew up like this. By 16, it’s supposedly her fault if she wore the wrong skirt, drank too much, made a mistake. What did she think would happen? … Continue reading Trigger Warning

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

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

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

Havana Chapman-Edwards is the Student Activist We Need Right Now

7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the 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, and … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards is the Student Activist We Need Right Now

‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

On Saturday Nov. 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics to honor and celebrate the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. The community, composed of speakers, dancers, singers, poets and other performers gathered at gather outside of Hotchkiss Community Center to raise awareness about … Continue reading ‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give--based on the acclaimed YA novel by Angie Thomas, opens with 16-year-old Starr Carter’s (Amandla Stenberg) recollection of being given “The talk” by her formerly-incarcerated father Maverick Carter (Russell Hornsby). Many Black parents across America help their children survive encounters with the police in this very same way. At the same time, … Continue reading Review: The Hate U Give

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

Art 180, a RVA-based organization that allows marginalized young people to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance. On October 5th, they opened a mixed-reality exhibit, "Lift Us Up! Don't Push Us Out" that raises awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline. Art 180 partners with Performing Statistics, a project that connects incarcerated teens with … Continue reading Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out | Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”

At an art build for the National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters, I met with Princess Blanding, a co-founder of Justice and Reformation to interview her about how the murder of her brother, Marcus-David Peters galvanized her into activism. The Richmond Police Department (RPD) recently ruled the death of unarmed Marcus-David Peters … Continue reading The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”