Crown Her With Many Crowns

I did not always appreciate my Blackness. I used to be one of those “I’m not Black, I’m O.J.” types that purposefully eschewed the culture in favor of a more centrist approach to interpersonal relationships. I grew up and still reside in a place called Woodbridge, Virginia, just a half hour down the road from … Continue reading Crown Her With Many Crowns

An Excerpt From the Upcoming Novel “Of Cats and Women”

The Following Excerpt is from Brittany Jeter's upcoming novel, "Of Cats and Women." "Var always been dismissive to Joy, and Joy always been the type of girl who takes up space without even trying. Vita knew Var hated that shit about her so every time she calls she brags about Joy getting her LPN and  … Continue reading An Excerpt From the Upcoming Novel “Of Cats and Women”

Black Music

The nerve of white men To read my email To read my email To read my email And still misspell my name He giggles and shrugs and says "its just so different" He’s never heard it before "Just where does that name come from?" "How does one get it out?" It is one name that … Continue reading Black Music

Stage 2

angry black girls clenching desks with tight fists holding their breath a breeze passing through their hair the pale hand of yet another ghost angry black girls the blacker the berry, sweet blood from biting lips holding one's tongue angry black girls sitting on stoops braiding hair summer was made for us and yet, Double … Continue reading Stage 2

Mightier | A Poem About the Significance of Girls’ Education

“The pen is mightier than the sword” A sword that has grown from hate and drawn blood, Blood spilled onto books and the hearts of families Has sunk deeper into human veins than into a land’s mud. The girl is mightier than the hate, The hate that they paint in hope of spreading fear Shivers … Continue reading Mightier | A Poem About the Significance of Girls’ Education

Leopard Print

When someone talks about leopard print, one would think high fashion, cat walk or maybe even a-lister, but that is not the kind of leopard print I want to talk about today. I am talking about leopard print on a human body, from the face all the way down to the legs, I am talking … Continue reading Leopard Print

An Affirmation to Black Girls

Hello, mother, Hello, friend, Hello, sister, How you been? I love you so much. You’re so strong and so kind and so sweet. Your melanin mixes so well with your bright white teeth. Your high cheekbones And chocolate brown skin Greets me, warms me, and welcomes me To a world of knowing. For all we … Continue reading An Affirmation to Black Girls

Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day inspires images of family, bonding and care. May 12 is right around the corner, and many of us will be spending the day with our family. However, we forget that many Black womxn will spend this day in cages, just because they don't have enough money to pay bail. The system treats folks … Continue reading Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day

A Poem About Hair

Had Her Hate for Her Hair been cultivated or passed down? Passed through words like “nappy” and “needing of a perm Ignoring the monthly visits of that scalp stinging burn Like first it was grandmother, then mother, now it’s your turn To gradually detest your natural strands is what you’ll learn “It’s time for a … Continue reading A Poem About Hair

Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

I first heard the word “gay” spill from my brothers lips when I was six. “You’re gay,” he said, words sharp like poison. I didn’t know what it meant, I just knew it was bad. Standing there underneath dim Tuscan light, my toes curled up into scratchy carpet. I was taught to hate “gay” before … Continue reading Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia