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Tired of Feeling Like the Dude? BB&W Fan and Friend, ‘Nicole Abundance’ Gives Lessons in Femininity

Let's face it: gender neutrality is confusing. So let's just celebrate being girls, shall we? Long-time BB&W fan, 'Nicole Abundance' has creating … [Read more...]

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I Don’t Hate Myself, I Just Hate Ratchetry.

As you might imagine, I get a lot of people accusing me of hating myself because of the nature of my work. Somehow, telling black women they are … [Read more...]

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Taking Off Your Desperation

I discovered the fabulous Ava DuVernay when it was announced she’d be directing an episode of my favorite TV show, Scandal (the episode will air on … [Read more...]

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Pimps Up! Hoes Down…. Breaking Down The Trickery of Powerless Men

A mind can be a terrible thing to waste and I'm aware that not everybody's mind is built for social combat. I’m fortunate to have had a father around … [Read more...]

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This Letter Right Here…

...Is why I do what I do, and endure what I endure. I don't know how this little angel knew I needed this, but boy, did she make my … [Read more...]

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Iyanla Vanzant: “There is no reason to continue to have children with men who don’t honor us.”

AND THE CHURCH SAID....AMEEEEEENNNNNNNNNNNNTTTTT! It looks like Iyanla Vanzant is a fan of No Wedding No Womb. There's just so much truth in what … [Read more...]

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What Tony Goldwyn means for Black women

No, I am not talking about his breath-snatching, deliciously passionate scenes with Kerry Washington as President Fitzgerald Grant on the TV show, … [Read more...]

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Commentary on the Crooked Room: Shame on You Black Girl…(Part 1)

This multi-part series covering Melissa Harris-Perry's book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, has discussed three main … [Read more...]

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Messages from ‘Django Unchained’: The Black ‘Damsel’, the ‘Django Moment’, and Phrenology’s Centerstage Show

Now that Django is released in the UK, let's start spoiling it for real. Before writing my last post on Quentin Tarantino's film "Django … [Read more...]

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Commentary on the Crooked Room: You Mad Sapphire? You Mad…the Angry Black Woman Trope

Hello. My name is Jenn. And, I am an angry black woman. You know why? Well, because I, like all other human beings, possess the ability to get … [Read more...]

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White Math + Black Woman = Career Gold

So, I guess I am a 'blerd.' You know, a black nerd. And, I have always been one. In third grade I disassembled my mother's salad spinner and put it … [Read more...]

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Commentary on the Crooked Room: Mammy, Oh Mammy, Wherefore Art Thou Mammy?

In Part 2 of this commentary series, I discussed the first character introduced in Melissa Harris-Perry's 2011 book Sister Citizen: Shame, … [Read more...]

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Commentary on the Crooked Room: Melissa Harris-Perry Reveals the Jezebel in All Her Glory

Originally, I thought I could do Melissa Harris-Perry's work, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America, enough justice by … [Read more...]