Cultural Theft Is Violence

What It Really Means To Appropriate African American Art And Culture

This is a love letter to Black Americans (African Americans) and our allies who haven’t found the words to express what appropriation of African American art and culture really means and what it feels like. These words are inspired by Sarah Elizabeth Christman, a white woman from Indiana attending the University of Alaska-Anchorage, who despite being taught about the ills of plagiarism, recently decided to … Continue reading What It Really Means To Appropriate African American Art And Culture

Multi-ethnic group of young women

Letter to Young Sisters of Color: On Waking Up, Fighting The System, and Choosing Allies

Sisters, I want to congratulate you on waking up, and I want to welcome you to the real world. I want to share some things I’ve learned in my many years in the struggle. Take my words with a grain of salt. If they work for you, great. Use them. If they don’t, keep it moving. First of all, I want to acknowledge that you’re probably in a rage right now, and you don’t know what to do. You realize that shit is fucked up, and you want to do something about it. Good. Keep that anger, and learn how Continue reading Letter to Young Sisters of Color: On Waking Up, Fighting The System, and Choosing Allies

Random Thoughts On: The Obamas, The Beckies, and Cheeto Satan

Still, while I clearly had issues with many of Obama’s policies, I found myself growing more and more nostalgic the closer we got to Cheeto Satan’s inauguration. I told myself, as American presidents go, Obama was a good president. I waxed nostalgic with friends and family about Continue reading Random Thoughts On: The Obamas, The Beckies, and Cheeto Satan

Black Power Couples: Who They Are, Why They Are, and How You Can Be One Too

Let’s begin with a definition. A Black power couple is a duo of Black adults in a romantic relationship (usually a heterosexual marriage). The individuals who comprise a Black power couple are attractive, wealthy, and successful in their respective careers. Black power couples in the United States are rare Continue reading Black Power Couples: Who They Are, Why They Are, and How You Can Be One Too