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‘She’s Gotta Have It’ ... but Do We? ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ ... but Do We?

I remember the first time I saw She’s Gotta Have It, Spike Lee’s groundbreaking, critically acclaimed and very first “joint,” which premiered in 1986. When it debuted on HBO a year later, I was 12, a latchkey kid, and the parental controls that would lock me out of my parents’ premium channels after school had…

Say Something Nice: 7 Things That Have Actually Improved During Trump’s Presidency Say Something Nice: 7 Things That Have Actually Improved During Trump’s Presidency

OK, now, before you start lobbing grenades into the comments section, let me start by stating the obvious, for the record: This presidency is both a sham and a shit show, and its accompanying administration a corrupt clusterfuck of epic proportions.

No Woman Left Behind: Has the Plus-Size Industry Forgotten Its Roots? No Woman Left Behind: Has the Plus-Size Industry Forgotten Its Roots?

“I think I’m literally the biggest, blackest model at IMG,” plus-size phenom Precious Lee says plainly, referring to the persistent lack of bodies and skin tones like hers at the world-renowned agency that represents her.

Dancing With the Devils We Know: What the CDC’s New ‘Intimate Partner Violence’ Report Tells Us About the Value of Black Women Dancing With the Devils We Know: What the CDC’s New ‘Intimate Partner Violence’ Report Tells Us About the Value of Black Women

The first time I was hit by a man, I was 11. Actually, he wasn’t yet a man; he was 13, an eighth-grader to my sixth. And we weren’t fighting, or even roughhousing. We were rehearsing for a school play when he abruptly asked me to be his girlfriend.

Hella Homecoming: The Evolution of Insecure Hella Homecoming: The Evolution of Insecure

Summer is indisputably a season tailor-made for black joy. ’Tis the season of cookouts, stoop-sitting, rooftop bars, music and food festivals, block parties, hand fans, summer jams and all-white affairs (“Diner en Blanc,” if you’re bougie).

The Pathology Behind the Pied Piper: When Will We Stop Protecting Predators? The Pathology Behind the Pied Piper: When Will We Stop Protecting Predators?

Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly ... and R. Kelly will likely be a predator for the rest of his life. As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, new allegations surfaced Monday that couldn’t be more fitting or less shocking about the man who calls himself “The Pied Piper of R&B.”

Building Without Tools: 4:44 and the Power of Vulnerability, Part 2 Building Without Tools: 4:44 and the Power of Vulnerability, Part 2

What I thought when I met my dad was, “Oh, I’m free to love now.” But it’s like, how are you gonna do it? ... You’ve never done this before; no one informed you how to do this. You don’t even have the tools to do it …

Fighting for the Fairy Tale: 4:44 and the Power of Vulnerability Fighting for the Fairy Tale: 4:44 and the Power of Vulnerability

Look, I apologize, often womanized Took for my child to be born To see through a woman’s eyes …

Strong Enough for a Man, Made (as) a Woman: John McEnroe, Serena Williams and the Erasure of Black Female Excellence Strong Enough for a Man, Made (as) a Woman: John McEnroe, Serena Williams and the Erasure of Black Female Excellence

“If [Serena] played the men’s circuit, she’d be, like, 700 in the world.” —John McEnroe

The Brother Also Rises: As ‘White
Dave,’ Noah Coogler’s Got Next The Brother Also Rises: As ‘White Dave,’ Noah Coogler’s Got Next

It’s a wet, frigid and very late night on an Atlanta music-video set, and the crew is feeling it. Specifically, Hollywood wunderkind Ryan Coogler is concerned about the artist, instructing him to zip up his coat.

An African in New York: Jazz Singer Somi’s Petite Afrique An African in New York: Jazz Singer Somi’s Petite Afrique

“I don’t take coffee; I take tea, my dear. Some extra rice, please, on the side...”

Everything We
Need to Know About the 53 Percent, We Can Learn From Watching The Handmaid’s Tale Everything We Need to Know About the 53 Percent, We Can Learn From Watching The Handmaid’s Tale

Why would they vote against their own self-interests? This was the question many of us asked—in anger, horror and complete confusion—after the election of the least competent president in recorded history (thus far).

Don’t Bet on Black: The Bachelorette May Disappoint You Don’t Bet on Black: The Bachelorette May Disappoint You

Black America, we have our first Bachelorette! She’s gorgeous, highly accomplished, decidedly brown-skinned and likely pissing off a huge swath of Trump voters (woot, woot!). But spoiler alert (among several): If you’re expecting a season full of scenic montages glorifying black love, she’s also likely to disappoint…

Do Heathens Go to Heaven? Do Heathens Go to Heaven?

I have a confession: Apparently, I need Jesus—or so I’ve been told.

No Romance Without … Resistance? No Romance Without … Resistance?

Come again? In a recent interview with Marie Claire, singer Janelle Monáe discussed her ideas when it comes to participating in resistance. I’m not going to lie: As a hot-blooded, fully grown and liberated woman who is in both her sexual prime and a happily grown-and-sexy relationship, reading this quote from one of …

Is There a
Method to Being Messy? The Do’s and Don’ts of Airing Dirty Laundry Is There a Method to Being Messy? The Do’s and Don’ts of Airing Dirty Laundry

It was the “hell hath no fury” moment many women have had … and even more wish they’d had. A good, old-fashioned read for an utter and complete filth-of-a-no-count man and his side hustle—broadcast for the salacious awe and delight of anyone active on black Twitter.

I Am My Trans Sister’s Keeper I Am My Trans Sister’s Keeper

Mesha Campbell. Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow. JoJo Striker. Keke Collier. Chyna Gibson. Ciara McElveen. Jaquarrius Holland. Their names and faces lit up my laptop in a macabre montage. In the first few months of 2017, seven transgender women have been murdered—four within a single week, and most of them black.

Don’t Hurt
Yourself: Unicorns Aren’t Real and You’re Not a Special Snowflake Don’t Hurt Yourself: Unicorns Aren’t Real and You’re Not a Special Snowflake

Many moons ago, fresh off an unexpected achievement and gaining a toehold in both the music industry and the fun, freewheeling network that was once Twitter, I decided to celebrate my unlikely success with the social media tagline, “Just your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door ... may I borrow some sugar?”

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