Life Hacks for Black Women

A little “sun” on your Sunday. <3. … 1. Black Soap is the holy grail for black skin. It cures dark spots and gives black skin a natural glow.  Go unprocessed if possible.    2. Water is Your Friend. Drink it morning, noon, and night! 3. Working out is like studying: You may pass without it, but you probably…

Black Women, the Workplace and White Acceptance

Racism and prejudice pollute the daily existence of black people around the globe. Whether on public transportation, dining with family, at the movies or even waking down the street, racism hovers over the black American’s plight through life. For the black “professional” however racial micro-agressions seem anything but “micro” in the work place. This is…

Remembering Mari Evans

Poet. Essayist. Black Arts Figure. Black Woman. Soldier. Voice. Mari Evans. These words fractionally represent late writer Mari Evans. Mari Evans, an Indianapolis-based writer of the Black Arts Movement, made her transition Friday, March 10th at the age of ninety-three. Evans’ long life demonstrates that even nearly a century proves too short to indulge non-earthly…

Beyonce-A Win For White Supremacy

Following her Grammy speech and performance, superstar Beyonce garnered abundant praise.  Beyonce’s grammy performance portrayed Queen Bey in a manner that proved as royal as her title. Beyonce’s look seemed reminiscent of the queens of our indigenous homeland— a connection that did not go unnoticed by spectators. However, Beyonce garnered the most praise for something fans…

What Teaching Taught Me

I still remember writing my cover letter for my first college teaching job. I wrote that I wished to be the example for other minority women who wish to go far with their education. While my ambitions have proved fruitful at times, as an instructor I have too often become a canvass for a persistent…

Three Issues with the Keke Palmer and Trey Songz Feud

During my college years I was huge fan of R &B crooner Trey Songz. I have shamelessly sang along to his lyrics in Atlantic City, Roseland and Madison Square Garden. My perception of actress Keke Palmer is also favorable. Palmer earned a place in my heart after embodying a positive portrayal of black girls as…

From Michelle to Melania: Femininity, Race and White Supremacy

The morning after the 2008 election, I had an American Literature class with a white professor at a historically black university. This professor would prove drastically inferior to the brilliant black minds to which my education would acquaint me. He also proved consistently discouraging, seizing every opportunity to belittle the writing of a small class…

Gone Girl Versus Bye Felicia: Examining The Inequity of Blackness

Almost five years ago, I, along with countless others around the world, read Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. The thriller seemed the perfect summer read, well-equipped with multiple perspectives and gritty drama.  Gone Girl renders the perspectives of Amy and Nick Dunne, a married couple who have hit a rough patch in their union. Amy Dunne…

The 2017 Women’s March, A Black Female Perspective….

Following Trump’s inauguration a series of Women’s Marches occurred throughout North America. The protests erupted to preserve the female liberties seemingly threatened by a “conservative” president who boasted of sexually assaulting women. As a female, I empathize and even support the initiatives that foment this March. However, although a woman, I know that I am…

Issa Rae’s Insecure and the Black Female Narrative

In recent years, the western world has seen an abundance of black faces on television. From Kerry Washington as Scandal’s Olivia Pope to Loni Love as co-host of daytime talk show The Real, the black female body appears prominent where she was once obscure. Featuring blacks as professionals appears a necessary shift away from caricatured…