This article was first published at Feministing.com under the title "Silence Equals Shame: Stepping Into the Light of My Abortion." My father called me yesterday, after stumbling upon a Facebook ad that lead him to an interview I did for the 1 in 3 Campaign. In the interview I talked for the first time very publicly about my abortion, an abortion my father never knew I … [Read more...]
This article was originally published for PowellsBooks.org and is reprinted by permission from the writer. I have the distinct feeling I am not supposed to write this. As if by virtue of my melanin I have been contractually bound to an unspoken creed, the first two rules of Black Woman Fight Club: Rule #1: We do not talk about being lonely. Rule #2: We DO NOT talk about … [Read more...]
Written by Sonya Renee Taylor founder of The Body is Not An Apology. *This piece is dedicated to my mother,Terry Hines who passed away October 19, 2012. [IMAGE. In this photo two women, Sonya Taylor and her motherTerry Hines are leaning in toward the camera . There is a sand, people and a large building in the background. The woman on the right is a brown skinned … [Read more...]
From what I could tell there were at least seven boys. All of them the same complexion; ash and charcoal brown with what the country folks called “Indian red” beneath their sculpted cheek bones. Despite the Youth Must Be 14 and older swim sign on the calendar in the front of the pool house, these kids appeared to range in age from 12 to 17. “What are they doing here”, I … [Read more...]
In February of 2013, Epic records released the song Karate Chop, a remix by rapper, Future featuring a verse from mega-star emcee Lil Wayne. In the song Wayne references slain Civil Rights era icon, Emmit Till. In the song verse Wayne raps about how he will, “beat that pussy like its Emmet Till." When I first heard the lyric recited over a vibrating baseline, I wanted to … [Read more...]
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