Being black in a world that perpetually undermines and denies our humanity is an arduous task. As the late James Baldwin once said, “to be a Negro in this country (America) and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.” The more life experience and knowledge I acquire, the... Continue Reading →
Let’s leave giving problematic, scamming ass men a platform and a following just for being pro-black and pontificating about white supremacy in 2017. Cheers to maintaining a more moisturized standard for black leadership in 2018!
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to repeal net neutrality regulations yesterday, as you've likely heard already. In other words, Internet service providers will no longer be required by law to deliver fair and impartial web access and prices to consumers. Accessing certain websites may require Internet users to pay for expensive bundles, similar to... Continue Reading →
The royal engagement between Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle has sparked a huge debate in the black “conscious” community about whether or not mixed people—in this context, having one black parent and one white one—are entitled to claim blackness. Some would say that Markle’s failure to publicly identify herself as a black woman... Continue Reading →
There is a pervasive, reoccurring sentiment that interracial relationships—both romantic and friendly—are the solution to America’s race problem. This narrative is frequently presented in the media and in literature, to the point where many of us cling to it for dear life whenever uncomfortable dialogues about racism arise. While this philosophy looks great on paper... Continue Reading →
Not long ago, a social media acquaintance posted an article entitled “Black Women Create the Men They Complain About”, and requested that people share their thoughts. While I won’t be dragging the premise of that article for the filth that it is here, I did in that comments section, along with several other black women.... Continue Reading →
A lot of the cartoons we watched as kids implicitly programmed us to normalize sexual harassment. And watching male protagonists harass their female love-interests until they win them over has desensitized us to the need to respect people’s boundaries in real life. To say that the media we consume—including the things we watched as children—doesn’t influence our perceptions of what is socially and morally acceptable is to tell a lie. And from these same questionable depictions, young girls learn that being on the receiving end of such behavior is just a normal, everyday inconvenience that we should learn to deal with.
On today’s episode of “What You Won’t Do”, I’d like to discuss an issue that is near and dear to my heart: people disrespecting black women and in the same breath, biting our language and style. I have particularly noticed this behavior from non-black queer men-- who, for all of their habitual emulation of black women, tend to be some of the biggest offenders when it comes to spewing misogynoir.
As you may have heard by now, our washed-up but memorable childhood favorite, Nelly was arrested over the weekend amid allegations of raping a 21-year-old in Washington. The woman reported to filed a police report, saying the assault took place on Nelly’s tour bus. Additionally, videos have surfaced of the rapper creepily serenading young girls onstage and twirling their hair at his concerts. Film producer Harvey Weinstein is also making headlines as accounts of sexual misconduct with women in the industry are surfacing. And when sexual assault allegations against public figures arise, the rape apologists pull out their capes, ready to victim-blame and defend the men in question at all costs.