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Back in 2017, human matchstick and goat harmonizer Taylor Swift had the unmitigated gall to try to imitate Beyonce Giselle Knowles-Carter in a video for her song Look. Now if you ain’t see that light mayo shit, you won’t see it here either, so google. But basically she tried and failed, as anyone could have [...]

15-year-old Nigel Shelby “You better sing, boy!” The cry rang out from a hat-wearing sister in the crowd as she held up her hands in euphoria. An older deacon followed up her exhortation, “Take your time now!” Others in the crowd chimed in with enthusiastic fervor. The deserving recipient of these hurled praises? Demetrius.  He [...]

I cannot remember how old I was the first time I heard “40 acres and a mule.” When experiences or expressions are so common in our lives, we often don’t remember ever not knowing them. My current memory tells me that I’ve know the phrase and what it meant for the vast majority of my [...]

Getting braids is a rite of passage for Black women. Most of us can remember the excitement of having our hair braided with synthetic hair for the first time. For some of us, we get our first set of cornrows in a cute little style at 7-years-old. Others of us first get box braids for [...]

Courtesy IG One night when I was about 6, I couldn’t sleep. My older sister and I shared a room. My bed was next to the wall with the windows and something told to look out the window. That night, I watched three men rob and murder a man directly in front of our building. [...]

“I’m rooting for everybody Black.” Since Issa Rae uttered that phrase on the Emmy red carpet nearly two years ago, Black people have adopted it as our unofficial motto. After all, it was so fitting for the way we are collectively groomed anyway. We watch the Olympics and root for the Black people no matter [...]

I remember in 8th grade, two girls, one Muslim and wearing a hijab, got into an argument in class. It escalated quickly and it was clear that they were about to come to blows. Suddenly, a classmate yelled out, “Pull her scarf off.” The entire class cackled at the thought of another Black girl being [...]

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