The idea of “freedom” continues to be misleading for Black people in America

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If the events of the previous year have proven anything to me, as a Black person in America, it is that “freedom” has yet to become a term that we can all, as Americans, embrace equally.

While the American government, corporations, and mainstream media would like to put up this front that “progress” is being made, I feel that the most that has been accomplished in the past year is the acknowledgment of a problem.

Yes, a higher percentage of people have acknowledged that Black people are more likely to face police brutality than their white counterparts. Yes, President Biden

Notable examples of how Black women are forced to fend for themselves and heal in ways that only serve others

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I recently watched the HBO documentary, Tina, which chronicles the life, trials, and evolution of music icon Tina Turner. In the documentary, Turner recollects her introduction to the music industry aside from her pioneering and abusive husband Ike Turner, her escape from his domineering control, and her metaphorical rebirth as a solo artist.

The 1993 biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It, adapted from Tina’s autobiography I, Tina (1986), stars the talented Angela Bassett as Tina Turner and Laurence Fishbourne as Ike Turner and pays particularly close attention to the abuse Tina experienced in her turbulent relationship with Ike…

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After the recent bombshell interview with actress Meghan Markle, aka the Duchess of Sussex, and her husband, Prince Harry of the British Royal Family, conversation and fallout from the disturbing revelations made by the couple have been vast and far-reaching.

On the following Wednesday of the interview, The Talk’s Sharon Osbourne started the show off by addressing backlash she faced from comments she made the day prior in support of her friend Piers Morgan; a long-time critic of Meghan Markle, who stated he did not believe any of the claims that Markle made in the interview, including her confession of…

Like most professions seen as “sex work”, exotic dancing has long been met with stigma and reproach.

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Disclaimer: This story may contain spoilers for the STARZ series P-Valley.

Like most professions seen as “sex work”, exotic dancing has long been met with stigma and reproach. The way in which sex workers are perceived in our society is regularly a double folded topic. On one hand, the numerous jobs filed under sex work provides consumers, of all genders, a sort of gratification, intrigue, and escapism. On the other, the nature of the work itself, no matter which profession, causes sex workers to be ladened with all sorts of demeaning and sexist stereotypes that leave the women doing the…

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Rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s anticipated collab “WAP” dropped late last week and the internet has been abuzz ever since. So far, besides a random and inexplicable cameo by Kylie Jenner that has resulted in a growing petition to get her removed from the video, both the song and music video have been criticized for their explicit lyrics and imagery from just about all sides.

Reese Witherspoon as Elena Richardson in 1x7 “Picture Perfect”

Disclaimer: This story contains spoilers of the Little Fires Everywhere limited series

Hulu’s limited series Little Fires Everywhere has garnered much attention and praise since its March debut and rightly so. The show, which is set in the late ’90s, was adapted from the New York Times Best Seller Little Fires Everywhere written by author Celeste Ng. The series manages to successfully tackle ideas of race, class, and motherhood when mothers Mia Warren, played by Kerry Washington, and Elena Richardson, played by Reese Witherspoon, find their lives closely intertwined with one another as chaos ensues upon them both.

As viewers…

The tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, along with his 13 year old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven others, has caused heavy ripples of grief throughout the world as many continue to come to terms with the devastating news. Amid the outpouring of remorse for the tragic event and Bryant’s family however were criticisms of Bryant due to his past.

In 2003, Bryant was accused of rape by a 19-year old woman that worked as a front desk clerk at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. As a result, Bryant was charged with one count of felony assault…

Jubilee Media recently released a video titled “Men’s Rights vs Feminism: Is Toxic Masculinity Real?” via their YouTube channel, in which a group of six men and women who identify as feminists and men’s rights activists address their conflicting stances on gender equality.

The disparities between the genders, along with their roles and expectations within society, is not only a hefty topic to confront but also a complex one. …

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My thick and bustling coils catch your attention. You look at em’ with a mix of wonder and trepidation. Your hand itching to touch, I bet. Get your fingers lost in the dark strands until the craving is sated. But someone must have taught you better. Because you don’t do that. You can’t. Instead, you look on with envy and petulance cause’ how dare your “freedom”, your “rights” be stunted by someone like me. So like all the others, you take what power you do have and you take that in your hand like a good ol’ sharpened straight razor…

Well-Read Black Girl (2018)

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves is a non-fiction anthology compiled of essays written by black women writers sharing how their impactful experiences with literature shaped the women that they have become. The anthology’s editor Glory Edim is the founder of the Well-Read Black Girl book club turned online community, which was started in 2015. Edim has managed to gather a multitude of strong and valuable female voices to reflect on how literature can affect the way we see ourselves and ultimately how we come to discover who we are meant to be and what we want to…

Jasmine Chantel

A compulsive reader, wannabe writer, and generous gifter… of unsolicited opinions.

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