Author: Naima Autumn Rose

  • Meet Miami Golde, the Black Woman behind Féminin Rör

    Meet Miami Golde, the Black Woman behind Féminin Rör

    Féminin Rör is a Black-owned music publication created by women, for women. I had the opportunity to talk to Miami in May to learn about why she created her publication and the music industry’s overall need for better female representation. 

  • Hair Days

    Hair Days

    Since I was a little girl, Sundays were my hair days. Starting at the age of four, I have shared locs with the many members of my extended family- from my 70 year old step-grandmother to my 27 year old uncle. My hair also created a guaranteed moment of connection between my mother and me […]

  • What are “Diaspora Wars”?

    What are “Diaspora Wars”?

    On August 30th, it started with British singer Adele. She posted an Instagram photo wearing Bantu knots and a Jamaican-flag patterned top. Of course, reactions poured in. Adele trended on Twitter, while the notorious drama page on Instagram @TheShadeRoom reposted Adele and incited debate in their comment section.  Many Black people, primarily British Jamaicans, said […]

  • Your Guide to How Your Activism Can Uplift– and Not Silence– Black Women

    Your Guide to How Your Activism Can Uplift– and Not Silence– Black Women

    When Eva Longoria dismissed the large role Black female voters played in the 2020 presidential election in a television interview with MSNBC, Black women everywhere were not surprised.  Due to the efforts of Black women such as Stacey Abrams, former candidate for the role of Georgia’s governor, President-elect Joe Biden became the first Democratic presidential […]

  • Microaggressions, BIPOC solidarity, and Affirmative Action in College Admissions

    Microaggressions, BIPOC solidarity, and Affirmative Action in College Admissions

    Let me start by recounting a scenario I always see play out on social media. A Black student posts an ecstatic reaction to their admittance to a selective college. Alongside a flood of comments expressing support, one sticks out– “You only got in because of affirmative action.” https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJP4ARQ9/ No matter how high a Black applicant’s […]

  • The Policing of Black Women’s Hair in America Needs to End

    The Policing of Black Women’s Hair in America Needs to End

    Black hair is beautiful. It defies gravity. Black women have discovered an endless amount of ways to style it. And despite how much criticism Black people face because of it, non-Black people continue to imitate it worldwide. The rampant hair discrimination in this country is a key reason why Black people fight so hard against […]

  • Let’s Talk About The Stigma Around Mental Health for Women in the Black Community

    Let’s Talk About The Stigma Around Mental Health for Women in the Black Community

    CW: mentions of suicide Amidst a national call for police officers to be held accountable for the murder of innocent Black people, police officers shot another unarmed Black man named Jacob Blake on Sunday in Wisconsin. As of August 25, it has been 165 days since police officers killed Breonna Taylor in her own house. […]

  • Dark-Skinned Black Girls Deserve Diverse Representation

    Dark-Skinned Black Girls Deserve Diverse Representation

    In elementary school, I wanted an American Girl Doll, one like all my classmates had. The doll’s stories are based on important historical events and eras, such as colonial America or World War II. There were several white dolls available and a few other girls of color, but at the time there was only one […]

  • How the Healthcare System Fails Black Women

    To put it simply, being a Black woman in America is hard. We experience misogynoir that leaves us feeling like no one has our back. The world ignores our struggles because we’re meant to be strong. On top of all that, we often aren’t listened to by those meant to help us. Black women are […]

  • Unpacking Common Excuses for Colorism

    Unpacking Common Excuses for Colorism

    Colorism– defined as the discriminatin against people with darker skin tones– has always been a difficult topic to discuss within the Black community. People with lighter skin often deny the existence of any preferential treatment. Meanwhile, many darker-skinned people constantly feel forced to make their experiences with colorism known to help educate others. The debate […]