Category: Opinion Articles

  • No, Black Women Are Not “Bitter” About Your Interracial Relationship

    No, Black Women Are Not “Bitter” About Your Interracial Relationship

    A Black boy on Tik Tok writes, “No hate but everytime I say I like white women, Black women always say to me ‘coon,’ ‘no taste,’ ‘go with those slave masters.’ But if I say I like Black women, white girls just say ‘oh ok.’”  The problematic notion that Black women are bitterly defensive when […]

  • Being A ‘Strong Black Woman’ Dehumanises Me

    Being A ‘Strong Black Woman’ Dehumanises Me

    Yes, being ‘strong’ helps me cope with discrimination, but at what cost?

  • Stop Asking Black Girls About Their Hair.

    Stop Asking Black Girls About Their Hair.

    At my predominately white school, I have been asked many questions regarding my hair by non-Black people. Whenever I would get my hair straightened, I would face the same question: “Is that a wig?” Not only is that question extremely disrespectful, it is also just very unnecessary. Why does my hair concern you? Something I […]

  • Mental Health Should Not Be a Silent Struggle

    Mental Health Should Not Be a Silent Struggle

    The world is not particularly friendly to Black mental health. The constant reminders of Black oppression, the pandemic, and now, remote learning, have taken an exhausting toll on the mental health of Black teens. Black teens across the country are facing burnout, a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion caused by excessive and prolonged […]

  • The Commodification of Black History Month

    The Commodification of Black History Month

    On February 6, I received an email about Apple’s new Black Unity watch. At first, I was confused by this new piece of inventory until I remembered: it’s Black History Month, and that means it’s the time when corporations remember that we exist and decide to bombard us with a plethora of Black-inspired and focused […]

  • Tell Me More About Black Women

    Tell Me More About Black Women

    The events that have occurred over the past year have broken and reshaped the lives of people all over the world. It is true that being in a state of quarantine & experiencing a global pandemic has changed the lives of many, but I speak of one series of events that have been brought to […]

  • The Black Women in The Shadows

    The Black Women in The Shadows

    When you think of the Black Lives Movement, which names come to mind? Is it George Floyd? Is it Jacob Blake? Maybe you think of Ahmaud Arbery or Breonna Taylor. Regardless of who comes to mind, you know that the Black Lives Matter movement is centered around the injustice inflicted upon the Black community. That […]

  • I Want To See Black Women Win.

    I Want To See Black Women Win.

    I want to see the Black women win. I want to see a dark-skin Black woman main character with three unproblematic love interests simply because she is beautiful. I want television and film to represent Black women whose ultimate goal in life is not marriage or children— without being portrayed as sad, cold, or heartless. […]

  • 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 […]

  • How Gentrification is Stripping Harlem of Its Culture

    How Gentrification is Stripping Harlem of Its Culture

    A Black mecca. This is what I knew of where I lived as a child. Harlem was the breeding ground for African-American culture. It was the home of the Harlem Renaissance where several Black artists, writers, and visionaries expressed their artistic genius in unprecedented ways during the early 20th century. It has served influential residents, […]