Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Women have often been given the short end of the stick when it comes to equal rights, and it is no secret that African Americans are still prejudiced against to this day. The unique experience of being apart of both of these marginalized communities is one that is too often overlooked. The voices of Black … Continue reading Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Botham Jean: When Your Politics Present a Challenge

Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 1st, 2019 for the murder of Botham Jean on September 6th, 2018. The murder of Black folks by the hands of officers is nothing new. What made this case extremely peculiar was that he was murdered in his own home. Guyger, apparently, thought that … Continue reading Botham Jean: When Your Politics Present a Challenge

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 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

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

‘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

A movie entitled, The Hate U Give--based on the acclaimed YA novel by Angie Thomas, debuts with a then 9-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), her younger brother Sekani (TJ Wright), who was one year old, and her older half-brother Seven (Lamar Johnson), who was ten, being given “the talk” by her formerly-incarcerated father Maverick Carter … Continue reading Review: The Hate U Give