Brown Girls Don’t Get to be Sad
by Key Ballah
“Brown girls don’t get to be sad,” she said, her face marked by disgust and disbelief.Read More at Love, InshAllah
Three Thinks: Sex work, Gender & Feminist Dating
by Rockstar Dinosaur Princess
Patriarchy relies on women having no ownership of their own bodies.Read More at RockstarDinosaurPrincess.com
Top 5 Dead or Alive: Samurai Jack
by Omar Holmon
You see the title. You know who’s name is in it. I don’t see what the fuck I gotta even give you an intro for. Samurai Jack put numbers on the board for Cartoon Network. Scratch that, run the track back — I don’t see what the fuck I gotta even give you an intro for. Samurai Jack put Cartoon Network on the map, I don’t care, I don’t care, I don’t fucking care! I’m not hearing it. The finesse of the story telling, the detail of the visuals, and the adventures were taken to a point that had Samurai Jack rocking 4 Emmys (and a multitude of awards and nominations). I was fucking with it back in high school because I got to see a person of color voiced by a person of color coming for the throne in the anime/cartoon genre at the same damn time. I was there for it then and still here for it now. Let’s just talk about why Samurai Jack has his jersey in the rafters above some of the best to ever do it.Read More at Black Nerd Problems
Struggling With My Dominican Identity
by Roberta Nin Feliz
In September of 2013, a law was passed in the Dominican Republic that effectively caused mass deportation and displaced countless Haitians. The law ruled that children born in the DR to non-citizens didn’t qualify for citizenship because their parents — mostly Haitians — were “‘in transit,'” as the US News & World Report put it. While the Dominican Republic has claimed that the purpose of this law is to control immigration, it seems it actually stems from a long legacy of anti-Blackness in the Dominican Republic.Read More at F Bomb
Straight Up: What Do My Crooked Teeth Say About Me?
by Amée LaTour
AS I PREPARE to apply for a PhD program and fantasize about a career at a prestigious research institution or blazing campaign trails while getting published regularly in journals and newspapers, I’m haunted by a conversation I had with a friend a few years back. He advised me to temper my career goals; I can’t expect to get too far, he said, because of my lower-middle-class background.
I thought that was ridiculous. Who would be so trivial? And besides, how would anybody even know?
It took me a short while to figure out that my mouth gives a fair amount of detail about my background – and not through the words that come out of it, but through the crowded tenants rooted within it.Read More at Lady Clever
Destiny Hemphill - "What You Ain't Gonna Do" (CUPSI 2015)
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