Tiffanie Drayton

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On Serena Williams & The Racism Experienced By Black Women Athletes

Articles chronicling the story of Serena’s 3rd consecutive U.S. Open win were accompanied with pictures of a smiling trophy-displaying Serena Williams standing in front of American flags as…

Tiffanie Drayton | September 9, 2014 - 3:40 pm

10 Tips For College Ladies (From A Recent College Grad)

Life would be so much better if we could have a yearly chat with our past, present and future selves, where we share pressing details about the future and give…

Tiffanie Drayton | September 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

An Open Letter To The White Teachers Who Wore NYPD T-Shirts To School, Despite Being Told Not To

Dear PS 220 White Teachers Who Wore NYPD T-Shirts To School,

It must have seemed like a fantastic idea when, despite warnings from from the United Federation of…

Tiffanie Drayton | September 5, 2014 - 4:30 pm

12 Reasons Black Women Are Not More Privileged Than Black Men

A seemingly impervious narrative dominates today’s social discourse in the Black community where Black men are painted as more vulnerable victims than their female counterparts. This far-reaching myth typically arises…

Tiffanie Drayton | August 28, 2014 - 2:00 pm

7 Responses To Mansplanations About Street Harassment

The current furor over street harassment is hard to miss. Everything from Internet message boards to Facebook pages are littered with gender driven discussions on an issue that has become…

Tiffanie Drayton | August 12, 2014 - 1:00 pm

8 Good Reasons To Avoid Nightclubs Entirely

Only a few years ago, I was not yet 21 and couldn’t go to a club. Since I’m the kind of girl who loves to dance and socialize, I couldn’t…

Tiffanie Drayton | August 11, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Frisky Rant: The Real Problem With Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Cover Art & Her “Black Jezebel” Brand

Last week, Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her new single “Anaconda,” featuring the rapper in a squat position with her large posterior aimed directly at viewers. The image was…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 28, 2014 - 11:30 am

The Soapbox: I Will March For Eric Garner — But Black Male Sexism Must Also Be Addressed

I recently read a piece written by Kimberly Foster titled “Why I Will Not March For Eric Garner.” The author plainly states her argument: she refuses to rally in support…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 25, 2014 - 1:00 pm

15 Of The Most Outrageously Stupid Responses To The “Dear White People” Movie Trailer (And Smart Responses To Them)

A new film called “Dear White People” swept accolades at the Sundance Film Festival and is making its way to theaters this fall. To market the comedy, a trailer was…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 24, 2014 - 10:00 am

Clueless Casting Director’s Casting Call Ad Tells Us All We Need To Know About Racism And Colorism

I previously wrote a piece for The Frisky that briefly detailed the racism I discovered while working on a research thesis on prostitution in New York City. I explained to…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 18, 2014 - 11:00 am

An Open Letter To The Louis Vuitton Manager Who Allegedly Said “Black People Are Slaves Who Eat Dirt”

I understand that an employee at the Louis Vuitton Townhouse in London’s Selfridges department store, after being subjected to many of your humiliating, infuriating, racist rants, recorded one of your…

Tiffanie Drayton | July 2, 2014 - 2:00 pm

An Open Letter To The Gawker Essayist Who Wrote About Dating White Women While Black

Dear Ernest Baker,

In your recent personal essay on Gawker titled “The Reality of Dating White Women When You Are Black,” you stated unequivocally that you are not…

Tiffanie Drayton | June 4, 2014 - 11:00 am

The Soapbox: On Anthropologist Kenneth Good, The Amazonian Child Bride He Impregnated & The Western Culture That Celebrates Him

About five years ago, my sister relayed a story to me about a professor she had at New Jersey City University who had his own book, Into the Heart: One

Tiffanie Drayton | May 30, 2014 - 1:00 pm

Girl Talk: On Being My Black Boyfriend’s First Black Girlfriend

The first time I asked my boyfriend if he had ever actually dated a black girl, we had not even met yet. It was during one of our online Skype…

Tiffanie Drayton | April 11, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: What Online Prostitution Taught Me About Racism

Racism is a covert agent in our lives. Some claim that it is invisible to them; completely hidden. It is very infrequent that racism openly reveals itself for long enough…

Tiffanie Drayton | April 4, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: The Real Problem With Skin Lightening Cosmetics

Whitenicious, a cosmetics line created by California-based, Nigerian-Cameroonian pop star Dencia touts its ability to help customers even out their skin and get rid of discoloration. The product is essentially…

Tiffanie Drayton | January 22, 2014 - 2:00 pm

The Soapbox: On Blackface, White Privilege & Why Distancing Myself From White People Doesn’t Make Me Racist

I am a 23-year-old black woman who, for a long time, tried to have discussions with white people about racism in America. I went to a white, liberal college in…

Tiffanie Drayton | January 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

True Story: I Was A Macy’s Christmas Elf And It Sucked

When I saw an online ad that said, “Seeking Elves For Seasonal Position,” I admit, I was pretty excited. Not only did I fill out the application and provide a…

Tiffanie Drayton | December 19, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Soapbox: The Disconnect Between Black Feminism And Gay Activism

I am a black woman and my best friend is a gay man. He came out to me the summer between our senior year of high school and our freshman…

Tiffanie Drayton | November 22, 2013 - 1:00 pm