Unless You Gon’ Do It: Is Fishing for Gifts Online a Joke?

Despite any hypothetical intention we may have, my friends, one thing is clear: asking for things we want online creates an “Unless You Gon’ Do It” type of situation. Social media allows us to advertise our desires behind the safety of a computer screen. Personally, it is comforting to share bits and pieces of myselfContinue reading “Unless You Gon’ Do It: Is Fishing for Gifts Online a Joke?”

Pretty Helps and Hurts: Examining Internet Beauty Bias

I hate the color pink. It is Pepto Bismol branding for girls and women, assigned to us before we were born. We are bred into choosing pink by virtue of the clothing put on us from infancy. Rebel that I am, my favorite color has long been the shade of blue most like the GulfContinue reading “Pretty Helps and Hurts: Examining Internet Beauty Bias”

Is Sallie Mae Helping or Harming Black Millennials?

For almost the past 50 years, there has been a shift in the American Dream of success, especially in regards to black families. Civil rights laws opened doors to education. Colleges and universities began to flood with women and minorities who previously weren’t welcomed at institutions of higher learning. By the time the generation ofContinue reading “Is Sallie Mae Helping or Harming Black Millennials?”

Praise White Jesus + White Women: Notes on Kanye’s Yeezus Tour

Prelude: Is Kanye a puddle or an ocean?  I am a Kanye West fan. I once thought that Kanye West’s classic “Jesus Walks” meant that he would become hip-hop’s savior from all the ills that kept me from loving it in totality. I now understand that hip-hop itself will never be a vehicle for itsContinue reading “Praise White Jesus + White Women: Notes on Kanye’s Yeezus Tour”

A Woman Ponders Her Fat Rolls on Thanksgiving Eve

Dear Fat Rolls: It seems only right that I would acknowledge you on the day before your holiday. I am conscious of your presence with every rise and fall of my breath. Yours is a landscape I view often, but never admire. Jill Scott once said that there is power in these rolling hills, butContinue reading “A Woman Ponders Her Fat Rolls on Thanksgiving Eve”