Writing for EBONY

20 Oct


So this week I’ve got two blog posts wrapped into one for you.

As many of my readers know, I’ve been working on getting published in bigger publications. 

On my wall at home, I have several lists of places I’ve wanted to write for. EBONY has been on the list for years. I’ve pitched them two or three times unsuccessfully. But finally, I got an editor to bite.

Not once, but twice!

The first is an article about mistakes “woke” (socially conscious) folks make. This list will help everyone level-up their wokeness. Check out 5 Bad Habits Woke People Need to Break on EBONY.com.

Now, you all know I like to crack jokes in my writing. You’ve seen me making fun of racists in previous posts like 9 Totally Appropriate Responses to “You Don’t Act/Sound Black”, and 7 Good Reasons White People Should be Allowed to Use the N-Word.

Well, I’ve got another fun post for you: 7 Uses for White Tears (Because We’ve Finally Figured Out What They’re Good For). Check it out on EBONY.com.

Hope you enjoy!  


Photo courtesy of mac42 via Flickr. 

The Blog is Getting a Name Change

29 Sep

Hey wonderful readers,

I’ve been wanting to change my blog name for a while now, but I didn’t know how to (and I’m still figuring it out).

Here’s the deal:

When I started A Womyn’s Worth, I wanted the original spelling of the word “Woman,” but the domain name was taken. So I changed up the spelling to have the title still sound like the title I wanted but with a different spelling.

At the time, I didn’t know that transphobic feminists had been using the word “womyn” to exclude trans people from their movement.

I have NEVER been supportive of anti-trans feminists and do not want to be associated with them.

When I found out about the transphobic use of the term, I was like “Shit! I gotta change the name of my blog,” but I wasn’t sure how to. I have the domain name, the Twitter handle, Facebook page, the Tumblr account, and a few other things that are branded with “Awomynsworth.”

Currently,  I’m slowly figuring out how to rebrand and change the titles on all of these accounts without losing my following or the money I spent on the domain name.

So in the meantime, the domain name will stay the same until I can figure out how to redirect it and my blog will be titled A Woman’s Worth.

Thanks for hanging in there with me, everyone. And I sincerely apologize to anyone that I offended or harmed in using the old title. I’m still learning. I hope that you can forgive my oversight.

Thank you


4 Affirmations for Black Folks with Natural Hair

6 Sep

GIF hair

Filled with frustration in my inability to rake through and put my short, 4C hair into a simple afro puff, I ran into the kitchen, grabbed the scissors from the cabinet, and snipped off a chunk of my poorly styled hairdo.

Immediately, I regretted it.

It didn’t seem like a big deal to my family and friends because I’d chopped my hair off five years previous and worn a buzz cut for about three years. But I was having a Next Top Model Makeover Meltdown and sobbed as I switched from scissors to electric clippers, shaving my head to a nearly-bald state.

Though I was previously working on learning to style and take proper care of my hair, frustration got the best of me.

For five days, I avoided mirrors – partially because I didn’t like the way it looked and partially because I couldn’t believe I’d gotten that upset about not being able to style my hair.

Also, I knew that shaving it for the second time meant I was once again waving the white flag on my quest for the perfect afro. I had been two years deep in the regrowth process and my hair had grown rapidly in that time. I was nearly bald, again.

Now, a few weeks out, I’ve started growing it out again. And I’m starting to love all the things my hair can do, even in its super short state.

As naturals, we know that black hair can be a fun, sensitive, and complicated issue.

Some of us spend hours in the mirror or at the salon/barbershop to get some of the coolest, gravity-defying, head-turning, stylish looks.

Others have had countless debates on natural vs. not-natural hair. Others have had tireless (and often fruitless) discussions with our non-black associates on why it is not okay for white celebrities, fashion designers, and beauty magazines to appropriate our styles.

Despite the vast information on the internet on why our hair is both personal and political, we seem to be in a constant battle with people and institutions that feel the need to insert their opinions, stating that our hair is not tame enough or professional enough for their liking. 

For this reason, we sometimes need a few reminders of just how cool our hair is.

Try out these four affirmations on the days when you’re not feeling great about your hair.

Read more at Everyday Feminism. 

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