Audre Lorde (1934-1992) was a poet and academic who dedicated her life and work to confronting injustices of race, gender, and class. She was a self-described “Black lesbian feminist socialist mother of two, including one boy, and a member of an interracial couple”. Lorde was raised in New York City […]
In 2018 tv producer Ryan Murphy, the man who brought us “Glee” and “American Horror Story”, set out to tell a different kind of narrative than one might have expected. The show “POSE” was created to explore the vibrant history of queer people of color in New York City during […]
A Letter to My Role Model: A daughter expresses her love and gratitude towards the most impactful woman in her life.
For Women’s History Month, I think it’s fitting for me to take the time to thank one of the most influential women in my life: my mother. Though I have always looked up to and admired my mom in the way many children look up to their parents, it is […]
Book(store)s for Black History: A look into local bookstores (and other resources) to enhance your anti-racist library.
Bookstores, for me, have always been a place of comfort. With shiny new spines or worn and tattered ones, the smell of books and the muffled quiet are like home for a worm. For Black History Month, here are two stores to furnish your anti-racism library and expose you to […]
Despite a lack of big films, 2020 provided a voice for Black filmmakers. 2020 was a year of delayed blockbusters and tentpole films, but it was a great year for independent films with Black filmmakers at the helm. The logical place to start is with the legendary Spike Lee who […]
Supposedly, the United States is the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” For centuries, Black Americans have been brave despite not being free. We dream, we fight, we work to surpass obstacles. This land was built on our bondage, rather than for our freedom and pride. […]
The fashion industry is an ever changing and evolving industry, and Black creators have played a large role in the evolution of said industry. In the 1800’s, enslaved people were forced to spend their days picking cotton to contribute to the production of textiles made for clothing and such. Now, […]
Hi Sunshine, Just over two years ago I first saw you sitting two desks away from me in class. I was mesmerized by you. I couldn’t help being distracted by you; your beauty, your thoughts, your laugh. I knew nothing about you, not even your name, and I was amazed […]
To my boys, You’re the ones who have never left my side, and you always know how to make me smile. You’ve been with me for good and bad, and you’re there for me even when nobody else is. You never judge, and your love is unconditional like no other. […]
To the girl who I used to be, I know that life is hard. You’re exhausted. It seems like there is no end to the pain you feel; that the heartache will never end. I’m here to tell you that things will get better. You’ll forget him, the scent of […]