Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

Photo Courtesy of Jufu Han/Detroit Free Press By Stephanie Younger • CW: This article has descriptions of sexual violence. Could a hashtag topple the career of a popular artist? Hashtags have the power to raise social consciousness about the exploitation of marginalized communities, to give them a platform that influences public discourse, and to ultimately … Continue reading Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

6 Tips For White Liberals From a Womanist

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger • As a young Black female organizer, there have been times where white liberals have invited me to work with them. As time passed, I was tokenized, consistently spoken over, stereotyped. So, I wrote this for white liberals who don't understand that white privilege gives them the … Continue reading 6 Tips For White Liberals From a Womanist

In Response to the Backlash Against “Karen” Memes

Wikipedia's Definition of the "Karen" Meme. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger. By Stephanie Younger •  A few months ago, during my break in between college lectures, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I suddenly came across a blog post, in which the author, a white woman, claims that "Karen" memes are "misogynistic," … Continue reading In Response to the Backlash Against “Karen” Memes

Why This New Black Female Voter Should not be Forced to “Vote Blue No Matter Who”

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Blanton/Richmond Peace Education Center By Stephanie Younger •  When I learned that presidential candidate Joe Biden won 10 states on Super Tuesday on March 3rd, I couldn't help but think of his political legacy of fighting for segregation, and enforcing the criminalization of Black and Brown communities. Appalled by the amount … Continue reading Why This New Black Female Voter Should not be Forced to “Vote Blue No Matter Who”

What I Want to See for the Future

Photo Courtesy of Euro News Amaya Madarang •  Every older generation says, “Remember how we thought there’d be flying cars in the future.”  And everyone laughs and nods their heads.  “Look at us now!” the adults reply, mockingly.  Again, everyone laughs.  But, really what’s funny is that people still think that there will be flying … Continue reading What I Want to See for the Future

Token

Photo Courtesy of Deun Ivory/LLC By Summar McGee • I am a black girl at a PWI.  So I get a lot of kudos.  The people congratulate me for “making it” out of poverty Through an “education”  and to as close to whiteness as I’ll ever be.  Summar McGee is a Black woman, Student & Writer from Mississippi.

Analysis: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through

Photo Courtesy of Phuong Tran/ACLU of VirginiaPhoto Courtesy of Teresa Younger By Stephanie Younger •  Do the ways we talk about gender stereotypes represent the struggles we all go through? In Katherine Toland Frith and Barbara Mueller’s article entitled, “Advertisements Stereotype Women” written for the book, “Advertising and Societies: Global Issues,” they write about how … Continue reading Analysis: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through

Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

A then 5-year-old Stephanie Younger in Summer 2007. Photo Courtesy of Teresa Younger. By Teresa Younger •  Complete with unsolicited comments,touching attempts from strangers, and pressure to do away with your coils right now, or you risk the shame of being prevented from attending your graduation or losing gainful employment? Is natural hair controversy a … Continue reading Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

Queer Windows in Dembow Music

Portrait of La Shakata Astoa. Photo Courtesy of Carlos Rodriguez By Princess Jiménez •  Promo of Mango Podcast In the Dominican Republic, where supposedly moral society and the Church often espouse virulent homophobia and transphobia, an unusual alliance has appeared among the very poorest: singers and producers of popular music genre Dembow are working with … Continue reading Queer Windows in Dembow Music

Nine Phases: Black Women Crying in the Bathroom

Words by Krystal Tang. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger. By Krystal Tang •  Take initiative - Okay here I go! I did it. Oh I did it slightly wrong...a different way? I didn’t do it right? Oops. Let me learn. Give me another chance? Teach me so I can grow.... “No”.  Gets belittled, screamed at, no … Continue reading Nine Phases: Black Women Crying in the Bathroom