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Arts + Culture

Black Girls Are on the Verge of Being Extinct in TV

It seems as if Black girls no longer exist the way Hollywood fails to give us spaces. It seems as if they are going out of their way to make sure we aren’t represented. Why does Netflix’s entire teen drama catalog consist of the same blueprint: white leads, a dark skin Black boy, and then […]

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Personal Essay + Poetry

The Ballad of a Black Girl & Her Friends

A black girl with black friends in the suburbs Have you ever heard a tale so sweet? What divine hand of fate permitted it so That these black girls could all meet? —t’was as rare as a comet passing She met a black girl who was idealistic yet grounded And one who liked to keep […]

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Lifestyle

A Cup A Day

It began while visiting Grandma’s house. Each morning we would sit in her big window outlooking the street. There we would slowly sip our heavily creamed and sugared coffee.      That was back in 2010. Now a cup of coffee a day is a habit I’ve had no reason to break. Honestly, it’s a treasured […]

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Arts + Culture

The New Age of Rock and Metal

Black people are expected to stick to certain boxes when it comes to music: either R&B or rap and hip-hop. Other genres such as pop, alternative, and rock are seen as foreign. Black people who preferred rock or metal music instead of what was mainstream were, and still are seen as unusual and are bullied […]

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Personal Essay + Poetry

The Shame of Not Fitting Into the ‘Strong Black Woman’ Archetype

All my life I’ve been quiet. Like the textbook introvert, I only felt comfortable to fully express myself around people I was close to. My mode of operation is to just sit here and eat my food, observing until something piques my interest. But as I got older, I found myself in situations that most […]