NO, Kanye West is NOT the Male Lauryn Hill

Ms. Lauryn Hill released The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill five months after I gave birth to my son. I often held him while singing along to “Zion“. Ms. Hill’s voice and the lyrics were cathartic as I quietly struggled through what I now suspect was postpartum depression. With Miseducation, I fell more in love withContinue reading “NO, Kanye West is NOT the Male Lauryn Hill”

black girls.

those loud black girls those loud black girls. aggressive, confrontational loud, black girls. depicted by white-washed sensationalized narratives that project anger onto those loud black girls who, we’re told, need to be tamed. a perceived threat even when our mouths are closed and our hands are at ease. no neck rolling, no lips moving andContinue reading “black girls.”

Asphyxiation (Our Lives Matter)

I can’t breathe. In an open space with air all around Yet, I can’t breathe. Can’t inhale or exhale – Unless they give permission. To kill me. Choke holds and Cold-blooded murder. Bang. Bang. Bang. Because I was suspect. For my Black, my Brown skin. For seeking help. For minding my own business. In thisContinue reading “Asphyxiation (Our Lives Matter)”

And we’re just eating her alive: Beyoncé’s Feminism and the Academic Feminist Fantasy

“If I didn’t define myself for myself I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies of me and eaten alive.” ~Audre Lorde Friday the 13th ignites superstition and thoughts of Jason Voorhees, the fictional hockey mask wearing villain that haunted the dreams of many of us during the 80s and 90s. However, on Friday, December 13, 2013, BeyoncéContinue reading “And we’re just eating her alive: Beyoncé’s Feminism and the Academic Feminist Fantasy”