ESSAY

Musings of pensive Black girls. Think pieces to political, self-love journeys to ones that make you laugh out loud.

Close Encounters of the “Angry Black Woman” Kind

The e-mail message was as jarring as the sound of an alarm clock on Saturday…

Under The Wolf’s Bonnet

In this Think-Like-A-Man world, this Fault-in-our-Stars universe, it embarrasses me to say that I am…

The Bean

I thought of it as punishment, had I been walking the right path I wouldn’t…

Lemon Bitter Toxic

The knocks were startling in part because we’re jumpy by nature, but mainly because anyone…

Dr. Tubman: The Universe Sent Me a Black Woman Therapist

I sat on the couch of a woman who decorates her office to make it…

What I Did To Make My Body Smaller & What I Found When I Gave Up

My parents used to keep a lot of photo albums around the house. In one,…

Scars

I have melanated skin, which helps me look younger than my age, but I also…

Halle Berry Was My Mother Until A Junkie Found Me

I am going to tell you the sad pathetic truth about me. I am a…

Illium, Ischium, and Pubis: For Black Women, Hips Are More Than Just Bones

Once, a former co-worker of mine stopped me in the middle of working, calling my…

Us + Sandra Bland vs. The State

“Call the motherfuck….Call the….” I make out muffled screams from outside. Barely there. From the…

Porches

There’s something about a porch that speaks to my soul, love one that’s furnished like…

A Jones For You

I remember the night we met in Atlanta. On a cold evening in December, I turned around and there…

The Black Female Body: A Figure in Motion, Never at Rest

Black bodies are the world’s playground. Full of color, music, song, dance, cheer, and laughter…

How to Share A Bed

When my little sister invited me to be her Maid of Honor, she sent me…

Black Barbie

Daddy straddled the heap of toys that lived on the floor of our playroom in…