This album is a celebration of the marriage of privilege and intellectual movement that a lot of black women—particularly Southern, Christian black women of this mold, which I am also a part of—do not have access to and are not allowed to attain.
You can’t embrace diversity if you keep it at arms’ distance. To that end, it’s no wonder that the designers with the most diverse runways and ad campaigns (and inoffensive clothes) are also the one with friends and collaborators across the cultural spectrum.
On television, in movies, in books and now with my dolls, black girls were always having to overcome crazy amounts of adversity with a quick wit and an even temper. These fictitious black girls seemed to be models of perfection without the requisite vulnerability to make them human.
I never expected to go home with him for the holidays this year, nor did I expect any of our kisses to begin with Kay. But as much as I’ve seen photos of his family members and know their names, I did kind of expect that at least one of them might come to know mine.
While some have argued that people of color can put an end to racism if we just stop calling it as we see it, scientist and activist Joseph Osmundson is imploring his white brethren to become allies in the fight against racism.
Meeting Jeff was a turning point, because he made me realise that racists are not just overblown caricatures of evil but come in every shape and form, and sometimes you trust them enough to get into bed with them, only to be subject to their attacks.