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Celebrating and centering the experiences of women of color.

RACISM + SOCIAL MEDIA

Coordinated efforts led to a long-term, systemic attack on the Duchess of Sussex

Meghan Markle’s racial identity has remained front and center on both sides of the pond for a while now. The British monarchy just couldn’t seem to embrace a biracial, American woman into their ranks. …

BLACK LIVES MATTER

All eyes are on Georgia as three White men face charges for felony murder and attempted false imprisonment.

The story of Ahmaud Arbery’s death sits like a heavy rain cloud over the American conscious. And for Black people, it feels like the sky is falling all over again. After all, we’ve seen so many cases where justice is delayed and then categorically denied.

On February 23, 2020, 25-year-old…

CULTURE TRIP

A meme of the Netflix series’ doll is a gift that keeps on giving

SPOILER ALERT: This essay goes into detail about Netflix’s Squid Game.

Like many of you, I've spent the last few weeks immersed in a bright, colorful world of the South Korean dystopian drama Squid Game. This 9-episode series smashed expectations and has become Netflix's biggest series release ever. …

Calling out White women who want our rhythm and not our blues

So, Nicki Minaj is playing with fire once again. A few weeks back, she found herself in the hot seat after spreading false information about vaccines. That’s wild because Black people are more likely to die of COVID, so spreading these lies hurt the Black community. …

RACE + ENTERTAINMENT

An unpopular, unapologetically Black opinion

Dave Chappelle's new Netflix series The Closer struck a nerve. Of course, he has always been known for his unique perspectives about American culture. …

Unless you’re ready to defend racist beliefs

It happened as recently as a few weeks ago. Someone White, liberal, and who I generally agree with on many things, was discussing something relating to Blackness live on the local NPR station. She was explaining the difference between Roxbury, a Black neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts which is a hub…

RACE + CINEMA

But some people are missing the point. Let’s unpack this.

“Passing,” which first aired at the 2021 Sundance Film festival, unearthed a lively story from the Harlem Renaissance era based on a novella written by Nella Larsen and reimagined by director Rebecca Hall. …

America has a performative problem. CBS is only one of many.

Editor’s note: Since the publication of this story, The Activist TV show has been totally reimagined in light of the criticism lobbed at CBS. That said, the author of this piece points out issues that will continue to loom large in society as content creators all vie for more viewers…

WOMANISM + CULTURE

Megan Thee Stallion challenges men by living her truth

When a strong woman pulls up to the scene, people stop and take notice. However, let’s be honest for a moment. Not everyone likes what they see. From jealous glances to outright misogynoir, strong Black women get a bad rap simply for living their truth.

Megan Thee Stallion’s star-studded career…

It’s surely not what you think

I was a 9-year-old girl from Sierra Leone, West Africa when I moved to Switzerland. I faced horrendous bullying and racism at school in this predominantly white country, and it affected me immensely.

In school, I used to feel a lot of anxiety in the afternoons because as soon as…

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