Isolating Yourself is not Self-Care

Why do we believe that cutting ourselves off from the people who care about us, calling it something like “I’m putting my head down” “grinding” or hashtagging it, is how we become successful in a capitalist society? I am not implying that this is indicative of simply the Black community but it is symptomatic of […]

All the Books I Read in 2017 | #SmartBrownGirl Reads

2017 book list for smart black women

Here is the list of all the books I read last year, starting with the books that I completed and then the books which I started but did not manage to finish before 2017 was up. You can check out all my previous book lists here. All the books listed below are books that I […]

In Search of the Black Girls in the Creative Industry | The Conference

Where are all the Black girls in the arts? How many Black girls came of age being told that the only prospect in pursuing the arts was to invest in training that leaves you as a starving artist. There are only a few lucky ones. That little Black girl had better bets to make than […]

On: What The Health…WTF?

The Netflix documentary is the latest viral documentary tackling the American food complex and every one of us has had a bevy of Facebook friends announcing they were going cold turkey vegan…or is it cold tofu vegan? Produced by Kip Anderson and Keegan Kuhn, who are also the minds behind Cowspiracy, What the Healthy (WTH) […]

What I’ve Read + Am Reading in 2017

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts Why I Am Not A Feminist by Jessa Crispin The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah Black Sexual […]

Shea Moisture + the Trans-Racial Party

At this point in history, we’ve had a Black president, a bomb ass beautiful brown sister as the only first lady I’ll over love and now we have Nkechi Amare Diallo scamming her way into Blackness and landing a role as the head of marketing at Shea Moisture. So this Shea Moisture karfunkel happened and […]

Single & Attractive Women Can Have Casual Sex Without Consenting to Rape

Casual Sex Is Not Consent to Rape

ArtParasite posted an article submitted anonymously entitled THE UGLY SIDE OF BEING A SINGLE, ATTRACTIVE AND AVAILABLE HETEROSEXUAL WOMAN, where a young woman details her encounters with men who have sexually mistreated her. Who have assaulted her right was a consenting partner in casual sex to force her to do things she did not want […]

The Genius of Beyoncé Reshaping the Image of Black Motherhood

Beyonce Giselle Knowles Carter is damn genius. You don’t have to be a stan or a member of the hive to understand. But let us walk through some historical context so you can under and over stand what Matthew and Tina have blessed us with. That definitely includes Solange too…because in an era of the 21st century […]

The Side Eye That Changed the Culture: Gloria Richardson

One of the most iconic pictures of a Black woman doing what she does best, with a simple glance letting you know she has the time and is not one to mess with because she will always stand and fight for the rights of her people, is Gloria Richardson giving the illest side eye while […]

Are We Misappropriating the Term ‘Hotep’?

This article was originally published on TheRoot.com. At the time of publication there were a number of people offended by what they read as me saying that Ausar Auset Society and its founder were misogynistic and homophobic. This is not what the article states. The consternation comes from the fifth and sixth paragraph which names […]

Thank You Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama

What some will never understand is the daily strength it takes to be a Black woman, in a space history has dictated is only for white women.  Last week, we saw the last day we got to live through Barack Obama as our sitting president.But more importantly and more saddening is that was the last day Michelle Obama […]

Gabby Douglas and the Damning of Black Women

Originally published on TheRoot.com In her two Olympic appearances, Gabby Douglas has ignited much discussion, both for her accomplishments and for what others perceive as her less-than qualities. On the very shallow end, we have the comments made about her edges—which, when you have a certain texture of natural hair, no matter how much you […]

Stop Thanking Your Haters

How many of us dream of our day of success as if it’s is accepting an award in front of an audience like at the Oscars or the Grammys. Where we envision ourselves walking up the stage as the crowd below claps in applause for us. We have our acceptance speech all written out, after […]

Tips On Surviving Brokeness While in College and/or Adulting

According to Instagram everyone is living the carefree life. We work hard, play hard and slay while we do it. In reality many of us are staying quiet about our financial struggles. Some of us are making the wrong sacrifices to keep up and all of us are just trying to figure a way out […]

The Make Money Quick Webinar Scam

Entrepreneurship is the new way of life. After the 2008 recession many of us turned to controlling our finances through building our own companies. I am all for encouraging people to consider entrepreneurship, there is much value in it and a great form of wealth (not just financial) to pass on to your family. But […]