Explanatory Abjection: Why No Black Woman Owes the White World ANY Explanation

A few weeks ago, U.S. Representative Ayanna Pressley made headlines, not for conventional politics, but the black female body politic. To be specific, Pressley made headlines for her hair. Pressley released a video that delineated her hair journey, and the footage ends with a completely hairless Pressley. Pressley undoubtedly exuded a unique courage in completely…

Blue Ivy Ain’t Got the Blues: Debunking the “Sad Black Girl” Narrative

Blue Ivy, the eldest daughter of superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z, made headlines this week, not for her eighth birthday, but for her appearance. This, of course, is not the first time that Blue Ivy has made headlines for her looks. Her likeness to father Jay-Z, who’s Afrocentric features remain subject to countless jokes, informs…

The Black Female Faces of My Childhood…

In honor of Women’s History Month I compiled a list to commemorating the brown faces that that shaped my childhood as a budding black woman.  How many of these do you remember?    Tia and Tamara Mowry from Sister Sister   Who didn’t want to be the Mowry twins growing up? From their beautiful hair…