The Hope & The Work

Lately, we’re constantly questioning and challenging gender in very public ways, from the no less misogynoirist Young Thug and well-intentioned but space-consuming Jaden Smith to the homey around the way who refuses your boxes and labels without any fanfare. 

The Hope & The Work

Social Justice 101: Allyship

Be ready to take criticism, hear folks out, and adjust behaviors that are not having intended or positive impacts. Accept that the title of ‘ally’ is not a self-assigned label, but one that will be offered when you are fully and wholeheartedly engaged in solidarity work for collective liberation.

Social Justice 101: Allyship

Pumpkin Spice Feminism

Pumpkin Spice Feminists view Hillary Clinton as the shero who shattered the metaphoric glass ceiling keeping women away from the position of commander in chief, while ignoring the ways women of color like Shirley Chisholm cracked and chipped away at that many ceiling years before. In closing, during this season of Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and Pumpkin Spice Feminism, our hope is that while you enjoy your appropriated products and movements, you consider their origins and you honor the contributions of those who are erased. 

Pumpkin Spice Feminism

Explaining the ‘Splaining

A ‘splain is when someone in a position of power or privilege uses that privilege to silence someone from a marginalized group in discussions about their experiences as members of an oppressed group. People from marginalized groups cannot ‘splain to folks from privileged groups.

Explaining the ‘Splaining

The Exploitation of Black Art and Labor

My personal experience is just a small example of Black artists and creators being expected to labor for free, accept less pay, or receive no credit for innovations. This country was built on the backs of Black slaves and the further exploitation of Black labor. Not much has changed since the dissolution of legal slavery and Jim Crow. Our labor, in addition to our culture (music, food, art, vernacular, hairstyles, etc.) continues to be abused and devalued.

The Exploitation of Black Art and Labor

Misogynoir Monday

Misogynoir is a term used to describe the unique oppression experienced by Black women. Anti-blackness and misogyny are both global phenomenon, and as such any race or gender may perpetuate misogynoir. However, the term is only appropriate to describe the oppression experienced by Black women.

Misogynoir Monday
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Femme Founders: Danielle Bahi, Bahi Cosmetics

Danielle Bahi is a professional makeup artist, and the Femme Founder of @BahiCosmetics, an all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, Black woman owned cosmetic line. Bahi is realizing her dream of using the Afro-Caribbean herbalist tradition to create a high-quality, modern cosmetics line that works for all women of color.

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Femme Founders: Danielle Bahi, Bahi Cosmetics
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#IfMenHadPeriods Reveals Transphobia in Western Medicine

People engaging with the hashtag jumped at the chance to make similar cis-normative statements about menstruation and the period tax. As soon tweets including critiques of their gender essentialism entered the conversation, they claimed that they had a clear superior argument – their reasoning being that they ‘accurately understand biology.'

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#IfMenHadPeriods Reveals Transphobia in Western Medicine

Abortion Access Week of Awareness

In the US, abortion is a safe and legal way to end a pregnancy. Abortion is a medical procedure which takes the form of either an in-clinic abortion or the abortion pill. Many states place barriers on access to a safe and legal abortion through TRAP laws, 72-hour waiting periods, and parental consent requirements. 

Abortion Access Week of Awareness

Rape Is Not A Joke

Through years of recognizing our illness we have slowly progressed in the idea of pointing out the wrongs of victim blaming, slut-shaming, and the trivialization of rape. And when we say we ‘rape’ in anything it is not only the act of nonconsensual sex, it is the act of dehumanizing someone in a violent manner. Not just physically violence it’s a mental and emotional violence as well. 

Rape Is Not A Joke

An Open Letter to Rape Culture

I’m sure you’ve been up to your usual business of silencing and blaming rape survivors while justifying egregious acts of violence. It has  been awhile since we’ve had a direct encounter, five years to be exact, but like any oppressive force in society, you’ve continued to linger. 

An Open Letter to Rape Culture

Femme Founders: Antoinette Brock, The Name Project

Antoinette Brock, creator of The Name Project, is a photographer, writer, director, and videographer from Los Angeles, CA. Brock earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Teaching from Howard University in Washington D.C.

Femme Founders: Antoinette Brock, The Name Project

Kanye West Presents: Multiracial Women Only, Season 4

Colorism describes the discrimination and rejection against those based on shades of skin tone within the same ethnic group. Colorism, a child of racism, is essentially the perpetuation of white supremacy. As white people and their whiteness are preferred, people of color with lighter skin are treated in higher regard than darker skinned people of color.

Kanye West Presents: Multiracial Women Only, Season 4

The Virtuous White Woman Trope

The trope of the Virtuous White Woman is one that perfectly complements the colonial mission of bringing humanity to the “barbarous savages” of “uncivilized lands.” Where whiteness is supreme within a global racial hegemony, white womanhood is the gold standard around which all expressions of womanhood and femininity revolve. 

The Virtuous White Woman Trope

Femme Founders: Meena Harris, I'm An Entrepreneur, Bitch.

Meena Harris, is the founder of “I’m An Entrepreneur, Bitch,” a bold statement in response to frustration toward the lack of representation of women entrepreneurs. In addition to her bold pro-woman movement she is a data privacy and cybersecurity attorney, co-founder of Gen44, and frequent contributor to Lenny Letter.

Femme Founders: Meena Harris, I'm An Entrepreneur, Bitch.

Femme Founders: Michelle and Sharlene of Zoe Love Designs

I learned about the amazing products and creations of Zoe Love Designs via Instagram while searching for Afrocentric designers. Check out the creators of Zoe Love Designs, Michelle and Sharlene, in this week's edition of Femme Founders. 

Femme Founders: Michelle and Sharlene of Zoe Love Designs

Should Muslims apologise for recent terrorist attacks?

As a result of practicing Islam, I know my religion teaches nothing but peace, love and respect. I also know mainstream media has become the most powerful entity on earth, turning illusions and radical opinions to reality. Less than 4% of all mass shootings in America are from extremists calling themselves “Muslims.”

Should Muslims apologise for recent terrorist attacks?

Femme Founders: Yui, Tiffany, & Mimi of Urban Orphans

Femme Founders: I met Yui, Tiffany, and Mimi during a No Kings DC event at Lab 1270 at Union Market DC. The dynamic trio agreed to sit down for an interview with me for an interview about their unlimited energy, seamless efficiency, and collaborative leadership style. 

Femme Founders: Yui, Tiffany, & Mimi of Urban Orphans