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Why The Whole Community Needs to Embrace Black Breastfeeding Week

It seems obvious (to me, anyway) that breastfeeding is the way nature intended for human mothers to feed human babies. One – okay, two – of the main reasons we are classed as mammals are these mammary glands on our chest. Every mammal species produces milk to feed their young. The benefits of breastfeeding are…

Black August, BlacKkKlansman, and 9 Must-See Movies about Law Enforcement and Black Liberation

It’s August 12, and the KKK is holding its own bastardized version of the “march on Washington” across the street from the White House. One year after White Power/Alt-Right supporters descended on Charlottesville, Va., bringing turmoil and death in their wake. Two years and eleven days after police officers outside Baltimore, Md., gunned down Korryn…

These Dance Challenges Are Making America Great Again!

“Hard times require furious dancing. Each of us is proof.” –Alice Walker The title of this post started off as a joke I made a few weeks ago, after I stumbled upon a video of the Keke Challenge by New Orleans bounce artist Magnolia Rhome. Truth be told, I’m not deep off into pop culture…

Reclaiming Our #BlackJoy

Can we as black people prioritize ourselves and our joy enough to just focus on it for 144 days? What happens when we hold our own joy close to our hearts where we can see it? These are the questions that inspired Seattle-based conceptual artist and cultural organizer Natasha Marin to launch “144 Days of…

Imani K. Brown: Tattoo Therapy, Afro-Kawaii Style

In just a few decades, tattoos have gone from being associated with sailors, bikers, and social rebels to becoming a popular form of self-expression among men and women of all backgrounds, ages, and races. Despite all its hyped-for-ratings drama, the reality TV show Black Ink Crew has raised the visibility of black tattoo artists in…

Happy Father’s Day to All the Mothers – Wait, What?

It’s gonna be another tense weekend in black social media land, thanks to posts like: “Happy father’s day to all the real daddies holding it down!”  “Any boy can make a baby, but it takes a man to raise one.”  “Happy father’s day to the mothers who are doing both jobs!” And allllllll the clapbacks…

Straight Outta Kenya: Meet Mwende “FreeQuency” Katwiwa, Poetic Changemaker

Did you know that May 25th is celebrated as Africa Day throughout the African continent and in parts of the global Black diaspora? Its purpose is to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African States (now known as the African Union) by freedom fighters like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and Emperor Haile Selassie of…

It Takes a (Digital) Village: Finding Your Online Mommy Tribe

I know, I know. Women have been birthing babies for thousands of years before Al Gore invented the Internet, and the human race is still going strong. Before mommy bloggers, Facebook groups and Pinterest boards, new mommies consulted (gasp!) people they actually knew – their mothers, grandmothers, aunties, and other women who had experienced childbirth…

Free Dat Ass! Bounce Music Meets Fitness and Black Girl “Moe Joe”

No matter what your fickle thermometer says, Spring is here: that self-conscious season when folks suddenly remember those abandoned resolutions in preparation for summer weather and summer clothes. Lately, it seems like every gym and fitness studio offers “twerkout” or “twerkercise”, but dancer and personal trainer Marissa “Moe Joe” Joseph has put a uniquely South…

Healing Hands: A Conversation with Itshanapa Dail Chambers

My strongest intention is focused on my healing hands. My healing hands can create the Reiki. My healing hands can create art. My healing hands can write. – Itshanapa The saying goes, “a woman’s work is never done,” but artist and healer Itshanapa Dail Chambers wears so many hats it’s almost dizzying. Visual artist. Poet….