Category: Opinion Articles

  • Biden and Harris, What’s Next?

    Biden and Harris, What’s Next?

    Now that President Biden and Vice President Harris have been sworn in, it’s time to discuss priorities.  While the main focus at the moment is lessening the damage of COVID-19 in America, I’d say that there are other issues that are quite pressing as well. Most namely: institutional anti-Blackness. As many of us know, President […]

  • Impostor Syndrome: Exploring The Phenomenon That Contributes To Black Women’s Feelings of Inadequacy

    Impostor Syndrome: Exploring The  Phenomenon That Contributes To Black Women’s Feelings of Inadequacy

    If you ever felt like your success wasn’t yours to rightfully claim, you’ve probably experienced imposter syndrome. Discovered by psychologists Pauline Clanes and Suzanne Imes in 1978, imposter syndrome, or the imposter phenomenon, is the belief that your achievements are solely due to luck. You dismiss the contribution of your skills and qualifications. Clane later […]

  • A Black Woman’s Second Persona

    A Black Woman’s Second Persona

    It is an unspoken truth amongst women that every woman has a “dumbed-down” version of herself. A version that doesn’t speak up in group discussions or voice the thoughts that run around her mind. This is true amongst almost all women, whether this dumber version displays itself knowingly or unknowingly. Unfortunately, this dumber version of […]

  • Colorism In The Cosmetics Industry

    Colorism In The Cosmetics Industry

    You know that feeling of excitement when you’re going to McDonald’s for ice cream and as you’re pulling up the worker says that the machine doesn’t work? Well, that feeling of disappointment is what I always feel walking into a makeup store. Growing up, going to Sephora, Claire’s, or my local CVS was always an […]

  • Interracial Dating and Love– As a Black Girl

    Interracial Dating and Love– As a Black Girl

    As a girl, liking boys and having relationships is something that society conditions you for at a young age. For me, the set person I am supposed to marry and spend the rest of my life with has to be a Nigerian man. Not any Nigerian man though– a well educated, well rounded Yoruba Nigerian […]

  • Shirley Chisholm and Kamala Harris: A Look at Black Women in Politics

    Shirley Chisholm and Kamala Harris: A Look at Black Women in Politics

    As the 2020 Presidential Election results came in on Saturday, November 7, Democratic candidates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris emerged as the next President-elect and Vice President-elect, respectively, of the United States. People from all over have gone to social media to express their feelings and initial reactions to the election overall, but more specifically […]

  • body inclusivity is not a trend, it’s a movement for change.

    body inclusivity is not a trend, it’s a movement for change.

    Rihanna’s 2020 Savage X Fenty show featured one of the most diverse casts of models the modeling world has ever seen. The show displayed Savage X Fenty’s capsule collection and featured a range of models and performers of different ethnicities, gender identities and body types. The show challenged former lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret’s outdated notions […]

  • 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 […]

  • The White Savior Complex in Media and Activism

    Throughout the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and conversations about racial justice that have been taking place since May, the white savior complex has become very prevalent. Faima Bakar, a writer for the British newspaper Metro, defines a white savior complex as “a white person who acts to help non-white people, but in a context which can […]

  • 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 […]