Why I Will Not March for Eric Garner

"I can't breathe."I held my breath as I watched Eric Garner's pleas for mercy. I didn't make it to the part where he suffocated--hands behind his back, face down--on the sidewalk. The familiarity stings ....more

How Black Women Find Real Friends Online

This is not your old-fashioned snail mail....more

16 Empowering Books for Teenage Black Girls

I still remember what it was like to be a teenager. I was a fury of emotions, dreams, ideas. I was awkward, self-assured, and painfully uncomfortable in my skin all at the same time ....more

Not On My Watch: Exposing Sexual Predators in the Church

by Simone OliverAt first, when her call came, I thought she was calling to console and encourage me in my grief and recovery, but she called to share her own story. Like me, she found that the connection with her pastor as a confidante and spiritual mentor had morphed into a relationship that turned controlling, threatening, and abusive. As we swapped stories we both bemoaned our stupidity, naivety, and had taken to self-loathing ....more

Why Be Offended?: On Choosing to Engage Negativity

A few months ago, ThoughtCatalog published a post titled “Natural Hair For White Girls”. This article started a minor uproar on my Facebook feed from my friends who are considered conscious and ahead of their time. The vagueness of the title let on that it was probably a click-baiting scam ....more

Shanesha Taylor Reaches Deal With Prosecutors

PHOENIX (AP) - Prosecutors and a Phoenix woman reached a deal Friday that would allow her to avoid prosecution for leaving her two young sons alone in a hot car while she was at a job interview.Shanesha Taylor, who faced being tried on two felony child abuse charges, said gratitude was the only thing she felt."I'm grateful for the offer that was extended to me and the opportunity to resolve this situation as well as to show my intentions," said Taylor, who shed a few tears while standing outside the courthouse.Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said his office and the 35-year-old mother of three have an agreement under which he'll dismiss the charges against her if she meets several conditions.Those include completing parenting and substance abuse treatment programs and establishing education and child care trust funds for her children. Authorities arrested Taylor after bystanders in Scottsdale reported seeing her two sons alone in her car in March. Taylor told police that she wasn't able to find a baby sitter for the boys, who were 2 years and 6 months old at the time ....more

Ain’t I Black and a Woman, Too?

Last week, someone responded to one of my posts saying (more or less), “I have always considered myself a woman first and a person of color second.” I read her sentence over and over again as I tried to understand what she meant. But making sense of how she posits herself in the world never came to me. I do not say this to invalidate this woman’s feelings or how she chooses to identify herself, as I don’t know her like that ....more

So I Geek Yeeah: Six Black Women Geeks You Should Know

By Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo I hope when you read this article’s title you started humming the chorus for Creep by TLC....more

About the N.W.A. Movie's Racist, Sexist and Classist Casting Call

Today a casting call for the upcoming N.W.A. movie "Straight Outta Compton" circulated the internet, and it is clear that casting for this film will do nothing to budge Hollywood's systemic racism and classism--which of course is merely a reflection of that which perpetuates our society as a whole. Whenever things like these make the rounds, someone always attempts to explain away what we're seeing isn't a clear demonstration of white supremacy. There's nothing coincidental about the "hottest of the hot" being classified as Group A and Group D consisting of poor African American girls who are "medium to dark." ...more

Honoring #IdasLegacy: A New Generation Must Fight Social and Economic Injustice

by Elizabeth Dawes GayJuly marks the time of the year when a Black woman’s earnings finally catch up to a white man’s earnings from the previous year - a startling timeline representation of the largest pay gap. Black women only earn 64 cents for every dollar a white man makes. As much as this might spark somber reflection on the economic and racial inequality that persists in our nation, it is also a time of celebration ....more