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I’m Sick of Travel Writers Who Insist That Anyone Can Afford to Travel

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Travel can be rewarding, but I don’t believe it is necessary to lead a fulfilling life. I didn’t mind sleeping on the floor when I was a kid. If you do it right, it has its advantages and can be surprisingly comfortable. You could sleep...

“Empire” Can Redefine Black Media Stereotypes

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As you can probably tell from my last post on black television characters, I’m very invested in media representation. Television can make or break a character of color, depicting her in an inspiring light or writing her off as a basic, one-dimensional figment of the...

The Hashtag #WhiteGods Is Allegedly About Celebrating Interracial Relationships But Is Really About Hate

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  It’s a tangled web of -isms made all the more sickening by its false veneer of innocence and “celebration.” In an example of how the internet can bring people together with shared interests or life experience, there are hundreds of groups and Twitter accounts...

#BlackOutDay Matters Because The Beauty Of Black People Matters

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It is no coincidence that black people have been historically excluded from the framework of beauty. On Friday, March 8th, the hashtag #BlackOutDay was trending on Twitter and Tumblr. Black people from all over the world, from the United States, to Africa, to Australia and...