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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 [...]

As Black History Month comes to a close, I’m reminded that some of y’all are fake as fuck. Every February, as Black folk take the opportunity to be EXTRA in every way, my joyful extraness is often disrupted by the erasure – sometimes blatant or deliberate, often not – of Black disabled folk from Black [...]

Last week, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Christopher Paul Hasson, was arrested. Hasson is a self-professed white nationalist who intended to carry out a terror attack complete with a stockpile of weapons and a kill-list. Named on this murderous spreadsheet were well-known journalists and politicians including Senators Kamala Harris and Cory Booker, political [...]

Two years ago, my stepson started college. My husband’s worries were those customary to any parent seeing their child off to college and their first time living alone: Will he be safe? Will he keep a clean space?Will he succumb to peer pressure with drugs and drinking? Will he manage his money? Will he study? Will [...]

After years of feuding and previous attempts at counseling the Braxton sisters and their parents (who have been divorced for decades) sit with self-proclaimed therapy guru Iyanla Vanzant to hash out both fresh and long-standing issues pervasive within their family on the season finale of Braxton Family Values. At the outset, it seems this kind [...]

“I’m sick of them sweatsuits and them corny hats.” There is a conversation about Eminem that I think must be acknowledged. A real part of the culture wars that goes understated about why a lot of old heads (like myself) always had reservations about white rappers is that privilege does not allow or invite accurate [...]