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Writing for EBONY

20 Oct

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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. 

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4 Affirmations for Black Folks with Natural Hair

6 Sep

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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. 

3 Types of Racists That Are More Dangerous Than What You Think a Racist Looks Like

24 Aug

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My favorite comedian duo, Key and Peele, once joked that “‘Racist’ is the N-word for white people.”

While this phrase is highly problematic, as there is no white N-word equivalent, I can’t think of anything I could say that would piss off my white friends and associates more than to call them racists.

Call someone racist, and they’ll clutch their pearls and pull out a rolodex of friends of color who can vouch for their “wokeness.”

They’ll explain how they’re not voting for Trump, how they love diversity, and how they cannot stand to stay in the room when they go home for Thanksgiving and their old Great Uncle Jack gets to talking about the problems with “the coloreds.” They’ll admit they have older racist relatives, but they won’t dare have you thinking that they are anything like those relatives.

This reaction is pretty understandable. Other than proud white supremacists like Great Uncle Jack, who really wants to be called racist?

But many people are racist without even realizing that they are. This is because many of us have a skewed image of what a racist looks like.

Everyone tends to picture an older generation of folks who are card-carrying members of the KKK from the deep south who proudly wave confederate flag, still use the N-word, and keeps mammy figurines in the window sills of their homes.

We think of these folks as the small percentage of the population that is dying out

They may not enjoy wearing white hoods and publicly promoting white supremacy; however, there are several types of racists can be just as dangerous as, if not even more dangerous than, Great Uncle Jack.

Here are 3 types of racists that are even more dangerous than the typical image of a racist.

Do you fall into any of these categories? Read more at Everyday Feminism

Hey Fam. I originally published this article on Everyday Feminism. You can enjoy the rest of the article there.

Photo courtesy of The All-Nite Images via Flickr.

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