This year has been so good to me. I’ve seen my writing take off! Here are my published works for the Spring and Summer season. More to come soon!
Intersectional Feminism: Race, Identity, and Gender
Unapologetically Me: The Struggles of Being a Blaxican Skater Girl on My Black Matters
Black girls are often measured by a scale of impossible standards. As a tomboy, I rejected notions of beauty. I shopped in the boys’ clothes section or hunted for vintage bands shirts at thrift stores and swamp meets. Wearing dresses was the equivalent of going to the dentist, I avoided it at all costs! But as a black girl, not only did I have to prove my blackness, I had to prove my femininity.
It’s time to live for you and nobody else. There’s no reason that you should go above and beyond or out of your way for the people that drain you of all that you are. You deserve more. You deserve better. Let the haters hate. Let the spectators watch. Let the dogs bark and the gossipers’ gossip. You have a life to live. You have an empire to build. You have dreams to turn in to reality. Yeah girl, you got work to do. You don’t have to answer to anybody but you. You don’t owe anyone a damn thing.
Popular Culture, Criticism, and Womxn’s Empowerment
Policing the ways in which black women exercise their blackness is dangerous. The result is degradation and isolation. Ultimately, black women are cornered into impossible standards and expectations that are contradictory in nature. Our bodies are regulated by the government. Yet our narratives are diluted. The issues we face are often ignored or mischaracterized. Yet it doesn’t stop us from fighting.
Despite the obstacles that present themselves, Black women continue to break barriers, challenge conceptions, and blaze trails. Lemonade reminds each of us to embrace our differences and to honor the fullness of our heritage with the utmost respect and regard for those before us. When we remember to praise the queens who raised us, we, too, become heirs to the throne.
Mental Health and Wellness, Youth, and Advocacy
When they put you down, you want to stay down. You want to give in to what everybody else is saying or thinking, but you won’t.
You will get back up again. You will shine. You will thrive in ways that you have never imagined possible. You will become stronger and wiser. You will defy all of the odds against you. You will love your curly hair. You will love your nose. You will love your brown skin. You will love it all.
You will love yourself regardless of those who try to break you.
When a certain look, attitude or background is assumed, those who do not fit the image of depression are often forgotten. Depression is not a look. Depression is not trendy or stylish. Depression affects people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, races and ethnicities. There isn’t any one way to look when you have depression.
I’d like to also thank my family and colleagues at this time. Your support and encouragement means so much. This solitary life of writing can be challenging but you all make it worth it.
Peace and love!