You can help free Herman Bell!

Dear friends, Last week the New York State Board of Parole granted Herman Bell release. Since the Board’s decision, there has been significant backlash from the Police Benevolent Association, other unions, Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo. They are demanding that Herman be held indefinitely, the Parole Commissioners who voted for his release be fired, … Continue reading You can help free Herman Bell!

An African speaks on the state of the African Diaspora

As the the black man continuously strives to promote his identity, balancing and equating himself amongst the races of humanity as we all run towards betterment in life, it must be stated that the black woman in turn has not just fought beside her man, but also confronted various challenges from within her territory on … Continue reading An African speaks on the state of the African Diaspora

Kill The White Supremacist Inside You

In Margaret Atwood's novel The Robber Bride, we can find the following passage: “Male fantasies, male fantasies, is everything run by male fantasies? Up on a pedestal or down on your knees, it's all a male fantasy: that you're strong enough to take what they dish out, or else too weak to do anything about … Continue reading Kill The White Supremacist Inside You

The Trump Effect

My friend recently told me that her mom was sitting on the train and some white guy told her to move stating that he doesn’t want to sit next to a black person. I was flabbergasted. Trump reallllyyyy making people think this is a safe thing to do? And he was lucky too, ‘cause her … Continue reading The Trump Effect

Tarte and the Art of Being So Racist You Don’t Even Realize It

Hot take: the beauty industry sucks. It sucks because it relies on hype, preys on ignorance, and feeds off of insecurity. The beauty industry propagates damaging standards of appearance and gender expectations, and it makes money off of this. And finally, the beauty industry--like all firmly established industries in the Western world--is deeply racist. In … Continue reading Tarte and the Art of Being So Racist You Don’t Even Realize It

Hey Shithole Countries: It’s Time to Boycott the USA

Hello dear readers, this is Luiza writing. I am starting off this post with my name in the first sentence because I would like my identity to be indelibly associated with this critique of the United States. I want to be known for it. I want to give voice to an indignation that has bubbled … Continue reading Hey Shithole Countries: It’s Time to Boycott the USA

If You’re White, Stop Whining.

On the morning of December 30, 2017, Erica Garner's twitter account (now managed by her mother, Esaw Snipes) released the following statement:   That same day Erica Garner, 27 years old and a mother of two, had died of a heart attack. Notwithstanding the tragedy of her death and the painful context in which Erica … Continue reading If You’re White, Stop Whining.

The Coded Racism of The Word “Tacky”

I consider myself a fairly vain and materialistic person. I am obsessed with eyeshadow and lipstick and earrings and shoes. I even created an instagram account* devoted to the makeup looks that I labor over for hours and hours, with a collection of brushes and eyeshadow palettes and fake eyelashes worthy of a Youtube beauty … Continue reading The Coded Racism of The Word “Tacky”

We Have To Stop Empathizing With Oppressors

Here's a concept: how about when someone in a position of vulnerability comes forward to denounce or disclose the harmful actions of someone more powerful, we believe this person? And we reserve 100% of our empathy for them? I get it, we as a society hate victims. We don't like those who play the victim, … Continue reading We Have To Stop Empathizing With Oppressors