race
On December 18, 1946, Steve Biko was born into South African apartheid. On September 12th, 1977, police killed him for trying to end it.
in

Sep 12, 2014 at 5:00pm | 30 comments

booty
All across social media can be found the image so familiar as to be blasé: the faceless spandex-clad individual, booty first, reminding without words, “Isn’t it about time you started squatting?”
racism
race
I'm struck by how white people are willing to be uncomfortable, but only in very controlled and curated situations.
in

Sep 2, 2014 at 6:00pm | 325 comments

race
Although I was Somali and Muslim just like everyone else, it seemed as though everything about me screamed “not from here."
ferguson
Talking to people on Twitter about Mike Brown and what’s happening in Ferguson right now, I’ve noticed (again) how easily folks get distracted when Black people are murdered by the police.
race
I’ve lost count of how many white editors have asked me to write about Ferguson. My first answers were along the lines of “I’ll try if I can stop crying,” or “I really don’t have much to say beyond THIS IS HORRIBLE.”
in

Aug 21, 2014 at 2:00pm | 87 comments

heritage
It's much harder to trace a black person’s heritage back to Africa or elsewhere before slavery.
the frisky
Her brand is built on a spectacle, and says something more insidious about American culture and its views on the Black woman’s body than her social commentary ever really can.
feminism
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.
misogyny
What if the resources available to My Brother's Keeper were instead used to eliminate male domination so young women and men could build strong alliances and fight racism together?
race
It's not merely that racism is still rampant in America -- it's that your reaction to it matters.
interracial dating
This strong, entrepreneurial black woman, someone I could look up to and aspire to, was alluding to the idea that dating white men was somehow against the rules.
skin
That narrative of dark-skinned pain is not everyone’s story, and it certainly isn’t mine.
in

May 20, 2014 at 12:00pm | 125 comments

race
When a white girl called me that word, I knew I should ignore her, but I couldn't.
in

May 13, 2014 at 12:00pm | 204 comments

race
Is there air-quoting going on in black comedy that I'm missing?
asian-american
I can provide alternatives to the Avril Lavignes and Gwen Stefanis of the world, but then my kids walk out the door without me.
race
It’s never about one word, it’s about the intonations that seem to arise when having any interracial exchange.
race
race
When a white woman calls me "girl" or "girlfriend," she reminds me that my racial experience can be co-opted.
race
White people, could you please stop flipping out when the topic of white privilege comes up?
rape
Rape has never been about seduction. It has always been and will always be about power.