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When Black Women Speak

“What would America be like if we loved black people as much as we love black culture?” Amandla Stenberg[i] “Mr. Vice President, I’m speaking” Kamala Harris[ii] It’s the summer of 2020, officer Derek Chauvin has murdered George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF) is at the…

Linguistic Reparations, Or Why I Don’t Say Ni**

I’ve had several casual conversations in previous months. Some of those conversations were with other white people, cuz, you know, they be around. And thricely, on three separate occasions, with three separate white people, a white person said, in full lettering, the racial slur n word, as “n-i-****”. Don’t ask…

Suddenly Nothing Changed: Why Epiphanies are Cliche

With New Year’s fast approaching, we are all in store for our usual turning-of-the clock epiphany. Suddenly, everything changes and, at that moment, we just know. Even though calendars are made up and dates are arbitrary, still, you will be convinced that the changing of that fourth number on the…

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