White Men Will Be Boys, Black Men Will Be Predators: Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, Intersectionality, and the Prevaricating Press

Buzzfeed--the "edgy" Internet periodical--has an article up about the fraternal Sundance cinematic wunderkinds Nate Parker and Casey Affleck. In it, the author--young, white, woman--explains why Parker's history of sexual violence tanked his movie, "The Birth of a Nation, and Affleck's did not tank his ("Manchester by the Sea"). She says Parker was accused of "rape" and put on trial … Continue reading White Men Will Be Boys, Black Men Will Be Predators: Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, Intersectionality, and the Prevaricating Press

Daily Prompt: Treasure

via Daily Prompt: Treasure I like words like "treasure." Words that are nouns and verbs. That allow me to talk about what I have and what I do. I am getting married in 21 days. I never thought I'd ever get married. I was raised by married parents, at whose wedding I was the flower … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Treasure

Being Insecure: The Complication of Wanting Romantic Love as a Cis Hetero Black Femme Feminist

So I watched the final three episodes of "Insecure"-- If you don't know "Insecure," then you should get to know it. It's entertaining as hell. Even though it trades on some of the most tired paradigms of black entertainment--my least personal favorite being the funny fat friend (since she is who I battle with myself on a daily … Continue reading Being Insecure: The Complication of Wanting Romantic Love as a Cis Hetero Black Femme Feminist

With Her or Against Ourselves

It pains me to have to say this, but I have to say it because I believe it, top to bottom. The fallout from this "hot mic" Trump scandal isn't going to lead him to drop out of the Presidential race. It won't lose him a significant number of male voters, and it won't stop him … Continue reading With Her or Against Ourselves

Rebellion: Against Hypocrisy, Gender Racism, & Rape Apologetics

I can't fathom, for the life of me, how men have such a hard time comprehending why raping an unconscious woman isn't "sex" or consensual or why rape is such a destructive act of misogyny, but I thought I'd try to explain it here. In terms that might make it plainer for them. My students always … Continue reading Rebellion: Against Hypocrisy, Gender Racism, & Rape Apologetics

Out of the Mouths of Babes

I started a new site a few months back devoted exclusively to black women and other women of color, to serve as "a place [they can] talk truth about female life with passion, wisdom, honesty, & insight." One of the most exciting features of this site, for me, is a series of Q&A's that I'm compiling called … Continue reading Out of the Mouths of Babes

August 2016: Me & Make-up

  My fiancé is a youth literacy and soccer coach for an innovative after-school program that targets kids in urban areas. During the summer, he works as a counselor for two camps affiliated with the program, coaching soccer and teaching poetry writing and performance. Usually, he works with boys 8- to 11-years-old, but, last school year … Continue reading August 2016: Me & Make-up

Who You Calling A ‘Queen’?

So, thinking about the title I would give my politic--feminist or nah--has gotten me thinking about another title that's circulating in black culture these days. "Queen." I don't get called "queen" very often, but when I do, I notice it's in very specific situations. Before or after I read poetry in an artistic venue . … Continue reading Who You Calling A ‘Queen’?

Tomato, Potato

So, there is a body of feminist scholars that can't get behind all this critiquing of bell hooks's critique of Beyoncé and "Lemonade." They think that hooks's critique is on point because feminism is about destroying the patriarchal power structure and its materialist products, institutions, and various other manifestations. So, like, poverty--which women experience at … Continue reading Tomato, Potato

Femme Feminism, or Exactly How “Pretty” Hurts

I'm using a Bey reference in the title not because I am going to write about Bey, but because all of the discussion surrounding "Lemonade" is what inspired this post. A few days ago, iconic black feminist bell hooks posted a critique of "Lemonade" to her blog, and, since then, Bey supporters and detractors have … Continue reading Femme Feminism, or Exactly How “Pretty” Hurts