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The roots of name discrimination are an extension of the harms caused by slavery and colonialism

Yewande Biala attends the Paul Costelloe front row during London Fashion Week September 2019.


It was a miracle I didn’t have body image issues growing up

Black mother talking to her daughter outside.
Black mother talking to her daughter outside.
Photo: digitalskillet/Getty Images


Society focuses on one thing, but I see all the intersections

A protestor in a crowd holds up a sign that says “TRANS BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
A protestor in a crowd holds up a sign that says “TRANS BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
A protester wearing a mask holds a sign that says, “TRANS BLACK LIVES MATTER” with a flag on the sign among the large crowd in Foley Square. Photo: Ira L. Black/Corbis/Getty Images


She hates exactly half of me, the Latina half

Photo: Ian Ross Pettigrew/Getty Images


The ease, beauty, and comfort is becoming a way of life

A photo of the author wearing a caftan.
A photo of the author wearing a caftan.
Photo courtesy of the author.


Let’s consider what race is on a continent where almost everyone looks the same

A pensive black woman looks out the window of a bus.
A pensive black woman looks out the window of a bus.
Photo: skyNext/Getty Images


XOXO

You had a life before you met your partner and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice that to keep it

A photo of a black couple about to kiss.
A photo of a black couple about to kiss.
Photo: Kyle Monk/Getty Images


I came back home to show my native homeland the love it deserves

Illustration: Mya Pagán


Delusions of Whiteness drove this author to reject the ‘model minority’ stereotype

Photo: Beowulf Sheehan


I realize now that it’s my responsibility to present my authentic self to others

Illustration: Vrinda Zaveri
While I was home for Thanksgiving break, I wanted to ask the most important woman in my life: how do you pronounce my name?

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