Acts of self-naming seem more than reasonable -- they’re self-affirming, somewhat instinctive and protective. They show an ownership of one’s own narrative. They make complete sense to me.
domestic abuse
What D.L. Hughley did on his radio show went past misogyny and into psychological abuse.
When a white woman calls me "girl" or "girlfriend," she reminds me that my racial experience can be co-opted.
It's the perception that black hair is wild and crazy that's the problem.

Apr 4, 2014 at 12:00pm | 143 comments

social media
Here again, a black woman speaks her mind, especially on Twitter, and she’s demonized.
anita hill
She still has the blue dress, but she's long since moved past the 1991 hearings.
street harassment
Street harassment remains a pervasive cultural problem and no community is immune.
My self-esteem saving grace was that I’d come home from school and be surrounded by women with curves.
saturday night live
clutch magazine
It’s not anything to be proud of to be a token. It’s just yet another reminder of how real the glass ceiling is for women and people of color.
This week, #SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen trended worldwide, and showed women of all colors, from all over, voicing their frustrations with the condescension, erasure and racism they’ve experienced at the hands of feminism.
natural hair
Like many other choices (driving cars with smaller carbon footprints, exercise, and recycling) people choose what they believe is best for them and what fits their lifestyle choices.
My name is Danielle Belton. I’m a black woman. And I cry. A lot.
She’d just undergone “the big chop” and her husband hated her short, blonde Afro. He told her he wasn’t attracted to her anymore, and wanted her to get another relaxer.
clutch magazine
Black women are often under-and-misrepresented in traditional media, but digital platforms have provided space for women of color to counter mainstream media narratives. There are hundreds of blogs created by and for black women, but some of the best are left unread.
dark girls
I feel like a traitor, I should be supporting a documentary that is made by and for African-Americans. I want to embrace the story it is trying to tell, but I cannot.
strong women
I never wanted to be a “strong Black woman;” in fact, I bristle when people call me one.
black women
Commentator Zerlina Maxwell did a brave thing this weekend. She went on Fox News, not exactly a bastion of human rights commentary, and said that if we want to stop rape, we need to educate men on the subject, rather than putting the responsibility on women.
We are a brown blur, a coded caricature painted in broad strokes where we are all “sassy” and “urban” and cannot simply clean the kitchen floor without finger-snappin’ and mouthpoppin’ at our appliances.
My race of women are supposed to be strong. But the truth of the matter is that black folks battle with suicide just as much as the next person. We just don’t talk about it much.