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I Was a Ghanaian American Girl in Thailand: The Importance of Being Colorful Overseas

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There was the time when students laughed at me for wearing a head-wrap to class, and one teacher approached me and asked if I was wearing a Thai skirt on my head.

How (Almost) Leaving Islam Nearly Killed Me

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My sister and I back when nothing mattered. On a chilly autumn day in 2008, I texted two friends, called a suicide hotline, and left a voice mail on my mom’s phone about my plan to kill myself. And who knows, I probably blogged about...

Self-Care For Poor Folks: Grocery Store Beauty Supplies

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Today we are going to talk about some stuff I love — I am going to try really hard not to nerd out too hard. First, let’s talk about things you can buy from the grocery store (things that you can get with food benefits...

All This Racist And Xenophobic Media Coverage Of West Africa’s Ebola Outbreak Has To Stop

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TV news networks and major online publications need to shift their focus away from “OMG, a handsome white doctor is sick with a scary African virus!” immediately.

The Salon Burned My Hair Off and Forced Me To Go Natural

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Like many women, I have had a long journey when it comes to my hair, even though I’m only 22. My mom has loose, curly hair. She would look at my dry coils and often wonder aloud, “Why couldn’t you just take after me?” Some...