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I Was Miss Black Michigan 2014, and No, Black Pageants Aren’t “Racist”

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These pageants cultivate sisterhood, social and political consciousness, and the scholastic accomplishments of various ethnicities of women throughout the African diaspora. I am a pageant girl. No, I am not the typical blonde, blue-eyed bombshell, beauty queen one may imagine competing in the Miss America...

After the Death of Sandra Bland, I am Fighting to Find My Place in the Revolution

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We find ourselves at the bubbling of a polite genocide, one that is upheld with genteel, liberal observation. Every time an image of Sandy Bland — who was found dead in a Texas jail cell last week, after her arrest following a traffic stop —...

Does My Headwrap Bother You?

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I asked myself this question because I am black. Because I’ve been told all my life that I have to make sure I make the right impression when I step out into the world. Recently, I began interning at a progressive, eloquent but totally chill...

IT HAPPENED TO ME: I Got a Breast Reduction and Men Shamed Me for It

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Apparently, I insulted the boner. I was also ready for the inevitable criticism. I knew this story would reach a lot of women who may not have found a space to truly discuss such a taboo topic. I know I’ve had a difficult time finding...

I’m Tired of All the Disrespect for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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The idea that going to a predominately white institution equals better professors, a better education, and a better chance of getting a job after graduation is inherently racist and untrue. One day I woke up, and Twitter had exploded. A young Black woman had gotten...

5 Things That Happened When I Went to the Club For The First Time In 3 Years

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A few weeks ago, I went to the club for the first time in about three years. I had a wonderful time, mainly because it was a hilarious experience. It’s no secret that going to the club when you’re 30 is different than going to...