I Burnt Out Because We Keep Pretending Black Activists Are Made Of Steel

Featured on Affinity Magazine Trigger Warning: There is discussion surrounding mental illness, specifically depression, anxiety and PTSD. There’s also mention of racist and transphobic violence. Please practice self care. When it was first announced that the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, widely known as the DSM – 5, contained changes …

Black America Does Not Want Ice Cream. We Want Justice.

Featured in Affinity Magazine Today America’s law enforcement officers offered up yet another tone-deaf response to the issue of state-sanctioned violence while continuing to uphold white supremacy by cooperating with the devaluing of our bodies and enabling of race soldiers to slaughter us. The Boston Police Department tweeted an image of three, smiling youth of color with …

White Supremacy Shouldn’t Be Allowed At Pride And I’m Done Explaining Why

Featured on Affinity Magazine On June 7, 2017, Fox 46 in Charlotte, North Carolina published a story about Charlotte Pride’s decision to deny a pro-Trump group’s application to preform at a Charlotte Pride event. According to Mic, the pro-Trump group calls itself “Deplorable Pride” and its members intended to give a pro-Trump tribute performance during the Charlotte Pride parade. Brian Talbert, one …

The Response to Lauren Jauregui’s Elle Interview Just Shows How Badly We Need to Talk About Representation

Featured on Affinity Magazine This week Elle’s Trish Bendix published an interview with Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui during which Jauregui speaks about her collaboration on the song “Strangers” with Halsey. During this interview, Jauregui highlights that, although there are plenty of artists writing queer music and creating queer music videos, the music created by queer musicians such as The Internet’s Syd and actress/singer Hayley …

I’m Tired of “Acting Right in Front of These White People”.

I've been sitting on this piece for a while. I've been trying to eloquently unpack my feelings about the ways in which society forces respectability politics on dead black bodies. I've been trying to find a method of unpacking this that would be soft and sweet and would not make anyone uncomfortable. Amidst those attempts …

Please, Do Not Wear Blackface on Halloween (Or Ever).

The thing that most people look forward to in the month of October besides picking pumpkins, eating caramel apples, and Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte coming back, is Halloween. Sororities and fraternities have begun spreading their invitations to their annual themed costume parties. Dozens of commercials are being shown to encourage children, teens and adults to …