I have a lot to say. Like, a lot.

Why I Can #NeverForget

7th grade. Sidney Lanier Middle School. Mr. Maxwell’s Texas History Class on the 2nd floor by the stairwell. Red LMS shirt. Khaki pants. Half pigtails half down. Some kind of mascara. Fashion Fair Foundation. The kind in the gold tube. Blue and white K-Swiss. “Either there has been a terrible mistake…or someone has declared war on the United States.” Bell rang. Homeroom. Third floor. Ms. Rote’s class. TVs down. Computers still on…live shot of the Twin Towers at 9 A.M….Servers shut off at 9:03.

Shudu, The First Digital Model, Has Led To Serious Discussions Of Race

As if modeling wasn’t already a controversial industry, it just got even more interesting with the introduction of a whole new class of model. Shudu — a model whose claim to fame was an appearance on Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Instagram page — is UNREAL. No, literally… she’s not a real person. Seriously. Shudu is the world’s first entirely digital model, the creation of photographer/digital artist Cameron James-Wilson. Technically, all models are somewhat digital these days — what with the toning,

Reframing Black History Month As A Time To Celebrate Black Excellence

Black History Month was always a pretty depressing few weeks of school. Learning about the struggle my people faced — and still face — in America and across the world was often agonizingly bleak. Of course, black children need to know where they’ve come from and what they’ve overcome to be able to better celebrate where they’re headed, and the people of the United States need to remember their treatment of black Americans to ensure we don’t have a repeat...

Ta-Nehisi Coates Explains Why White People Shouldn't Rap The 'N-Word'

During the Q&A portion of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book tour promoting his newest release, We Were Eight Years in Power, a white girl at Evanston Township High School asked what she should tell her white friends who thought it was cool to use the “n-word” while rapping. She noted that she thought it was wrong to say, as a white person, but the word is so prevalent in music, she was unsure what to do. Chile, the Lord knows the right people to answer these questions…

Why Your White Friends Seem So Flippant About Racism; What To Do About It

You know the one cousin you don’t hang out with because he starts some mess every time you go out? Or the one who can come to the BBQ but can’t go in the house alone because she steals? How about that one distant relative who you drive by on the way to work, hanging out on the corner, because that’s where he lives? We all have them. They are the bane of the family, the stain on the family name, the embarrassment to the family name. Imagine, for a second, that this person’s flaw is racism...

10 Ways To Improve Third Ward Beyond Renaming Dowling St.‬

Thanks, I guess, for this small gesture. I suppose you think that makes up for the condition of the neighborhood? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it does not. In my not-so-humble opinion, that name change is a giant waste of time and money. Too little too late. You should have used that money to fix the things that are wrong in that neighborhood, not give people a consolation prize for treating them like crap still...

Why Criticism of Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" Visual Hurts Black Feminism

If you’re not hip to the drama, women are lambasting Lamar for the lyrics “I’m so fuckin’ sick and tired of the Photoshop/Show me somethin’ natural like afro on Richard Pryor/Show me somethin’ natural like ass with some stretch marks/Still will take you down right on your mama’s couch in Polo socks.” Now as a woman who is a feminist, has stretch marks (more like tiger stripes), wears her hair natural sometimes, inherited cellulite as a result of being slim thick (with my cute azz) and almost never feels like wearing makeup, I got hype hearing those lines. But my hypeness was soon deflated by the Interwebs.

A Series of Unpopular Opinions [Bee Opinionated]

Today is the day I come out of the closet – I am a black millennial woman with a disability from Houston’s Third Ward who is a conservative and loves her some Jesus. Now that I have alienated half of you, let me go ahead and make the rest of you hate me: I love me some gays, Muslims, and equal rights. I cannot stand y’all’s new President D***** T****. Black Lives abso-freakin-lutely MATTER. Mexicans are some of the hardest-working people I have ever met...

The Name Game: Beyoncé and Larry Wilmore [Bee Opinionated]

I didn’t want to write about the anger white women (fueled by Iggy Azalea) were feeling about Beyoncé using the term “Becky” to refer to her husband’s mistress in “Sorry” because I read a piece that did it so well that I thought I should leave it alone. But I have to say something. Let me say this once and for all: Sometimes, there are things in life that have NOTHING TO DO WITH YOU. *sets down bullhorn* The story Beyoncé was telling was about her life (or someone else’s life who inspired the s

Three Tweets that Perfectly Sum Up How Dumb “#AllLivesMatter” Sounds [BEE OPINIONATED]

I’m not angry about people changing the “#BlackLivesMatter” hashtag to “#AllLivesMatter.” Actually, I’m very hurt. #AllLivesMatter shows me that the issue is not that people don’t get it. The issue is they don’t want to get it. “Black lives matter” is not hate speech. To say “black lives matter” is not to exclude any group. No one said, “ONLY black lives matter.” “Black lives matter” is a call to action. It’s saying, “Hey, it seems like this certain population is being threatened. Let’s make su

“Yuccie” is a Gross Term [Bee Opinionated]

In case you weren’t aware, the “yuppie” and “hipster” got drunk on some super expensive wine you’ve never heard of, hooked up, and had a baby. One would expect the child of a yuppie and a hipster to be named after some kind of non-flowering plant, but the name given to this young urban professional is much worse: the Yuccie (Young Urban Creative). It was only a matter of time before the creative guy from your high who didn’t go to college in order to “find himself” in a Buddhist monastery figur

The Confederate Name Game [Bee Opinionated]

In light of recent instances of blatant racism and profiling reminiscent of the pre-civil rights era in America, many have been calling for the removal of Confederate flags, the dismantling of statues of Confederate heroes, and the renaming of many city streets and buildings. As a reminder of a society and time period that inflicted pain and death, both mentally and physically, on a people in one of the largest genocides in history, it is a wonder that the flag was not banned after the Confedera

They Hate Us ‘Cause They Ain’t Us? [Bee Opinionated]

Remember that time Elvis invented rock n’ roll? Or wait, remember that time girls at music festivals pioneered the feather headband? Better yet, remember when Miley Cyrus invented twerking? No? Well, you’re not alone. Those people didn’t, in fact, invent those cultural traits-turned-trends. The classic case of “cultural appropriation” arises in music, fashion, slang, and art, and although it can be celebrated as a benefit of living in this “Great American Melting Pot,” it can be a source of res