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On The Gains Black Women Have Made And The Work We Still Must Do

As a 26-year-old, college-educated Black woman, the day that commemorates Martin Luther King Jr., or any other Civil Rights leader, has special significance to me. I am a direct beneficiary of the sacrifices made by Black women and men to secure rights for minority people in the United States of America; my education and career… More »


Dear Rutgers University: How Could You Cancel The “Politicizing Beyonce” Course?!

As a Black woman and college graduate, I want to stress the importance of having classes that connect women of color to their struggle, allowing them to form critical opinions of the societal structure pervasively recreated by media and culture. More »


The Daniel Holtzclaw Verdict Is A Victory For Black Women, Not Feminism

Last week, Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty of 18 (out of 36) counts of rape and sexual misconduct. Some of his victims gathered to sing him “Happy Birthday” as he was carted off to jail after sobbing relentlessly like a fool in the courtroom. Many have taken to social media to comment on the outcome of the… More »


On Fay Wells & The Impact Of #SayHerName On The Media

Black women, as a demographic, refuse to be oppressed and silenced and that refusal is giving us the space to be heard, enumerate our struggles and demand justice. This makes me proud. More »


Why You Should Be Following The Daniel Holtzclaw Trial

Given the amount of attention the Black Lives Matter movement has brought to the issue of police brutality in communities of color, it’s somewhat surprising that the trial of Daniel Holtzclaw hasn’t garnered more mainstream media attention. Holtzclaw is a former police officer accused of raping 13 Black women in their 40s-50s in and around… More »


Daniel Holtzclaw, Ex-Cop Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 13 Black Women, Will Be Judged By An All-White Jury

On Monday, the trial for Daniel Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 Black women, began, and by the end of the day on Tuesday, a jury had been selected — eight men, four women, all white. While such racial hegemony would be problematic no matter what, it’s especially troubling given the… More »


Group Of Black Women Kicked Off Napa Valley Wine Train After White Woman Complains About Their Laughter

Today in White Women Are Pretty Much The Worst*: a group of 12 women (11 Black and one White) were kicked off a train taking them on a wine tour of the Napa Valley, after a white woman (pictured above) complained to train staff that the women’s laughter was annoying her. She also remarked, “This is… More »


The Soapbox: Nicki Minaj’s Point About European Beauty Standards And Misogynoir Is Not “Redundant”

Ed Sheeran, please STFU and have a seat next to Taylor Swift. More »


The Soapbox: Protecting Affirmative Action Is A Feminist Issue

Abigail Fisher’s lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin is an example of how white women are used as pawns in a war against people of color where both demographics lose to white male patriarchy. More »


An Open Letter To Kim Lute About Her “Problem With Black Women”

Let us heal one another by first healing ourselves. More »


Kim Kardashian Is Exploiting Her ‘Honorary Black Womanhood’ With Her Latest Hypersexualized Magazine Cover

Kim Kardashian’s derriere has cause quite the stir online with the release of her Paper magazine cover, mostly invoking discussions about the “realness” of the posterior or the likelihood that the greased asset has been Photoshopped. While consumers mull over these trivialities, I’d rather talk about how the great machine of America’s racism… More »


10 Things White Feminists Should Know To Better Understand Intersectionality

Politically and socially, the most powerful demographic, with the exception of White men, is White women. Though still underrepresented in key economic and power positions, White women enjoy numerous social benefits, maintain political power as a “majority” voting body, are still allowed access to the resources provided by White men through marriage or other familial… More »


Lupita Nyong’o & Elmo: “I Love My Skin”

“Elmo can see that Miss Lupita’s skin is a beautiful brown color!”

That’s Elmo learning all about skin when “12 Years A Slave” actress Lupita Nyong’o visited “Sesame Street.” They talked about touch and tickling, but the most heartwarming part of their skin conversation is loving their skin color. I hope all the… More »


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 along with discussions about gender inequality or sexism where claims are made that Black women face less hardship than their male counterparts, or even –… More »


Black Actress Octavia Spencer Is “Red Band Society”‘s Resident “Scary Bitch”

Having already seen “The Fault In Our Stars” and “Glee,” I don’t think I’ll be tuning in for Fox’s “Red Band Society,” a new dramedy produced by Steven Spielberg about teenagers living in a hospital. But it’s come to my attention that on a promotional ad for the show, which debuts September 17th,… More »


Misty Copeland’s Life Story To Become A Film

Ballet dancer Misty Copeland, the second African-American female soloist to dance with the American Ballet Theater, will be the subject of a new movie. The film will be an adaptation of her memoir Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina.   [Deadline Hollywood]
What got Mariah Carey talking to the divorce lawyers? She was… More »


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 met with mostly support from fans and critics but some questioned if the image was “too racy.” In response to those criticisms, Minaj tweeted severalMore »


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 of Eric Garner — who died of cardiac arrest after being put in a chokehold by an NYPD officer — because she does not believe… More »


Real Talk: On Debra Harrell’s Arrest, Motherhood & Race

In last week’s Mommie Dearest column, I wrote about Debra Harrell, a South Carolina mother who was arrested for “abandoning” her nine-year-old daughter at a park while she worked at a nearby McDonald’s. (Just yesterday we learned that Harrell has been let go from her job.) I had mentioned in my post that Harrell is… More »


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 readers that in the sex work industry, White, Asian and Hispanic women receive higher payments than their Black counterparts and often times, many Black women… More »


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