For The Root Thursday I penned a piece about my struggles to make my hair look like the enviable hair of Hollywood actresses and shampoo bottles only to be endlessly disappointed. There was no way to “wake up like dis.” Beauty is hard work.
Sorry I haven’t been updating my page lately, but it’s for a good reason! I joined the staff of The Root last week as their newest associate editor. I will be writing, editing, recruiting and producing story packages for the African American interest news site. I’ve written for The Root off and on for years, so I’m really excited about finally joining the staff. Plus, my biffle Yesha Callahan and I get to be co-workers again! And isn’t that what really matters?
As always, thanks for your support!
I joined Aisha and Danielle Moodie-Mills for their Politini podcast Thursday night where I was invited to talk about the recent article I wrote for The Root on how race and class intersect in the Khloe Kardashian/Amber Rose slut-shaming fight. We had a great, lively chat (I’d already had a couple glasses of wine before I called in), and Aisha and Danielle are incredible to chat with … so enjoy!
Wrote an introspective piece on how black people don’t like talking about race so much as they have to, lest it looks like we’re endorsing our own slaughter. The backdrop? My years avoiding race (and failing at it) in California and Kanye West’s embrace of a French designer who was shamed out of using the N-word. Continue reading
I wrote a piece for The Root today on how the drama between Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose seems to be much ado about “slut shaming,” race and class. Namely, Rose and Kardashian trade in the same industry, but for some reason having wealth and privilege makes being a sexy femmebot an empowering decision. How dare Amber “choose her choice” of being a stripper at 15, but lets “celebrate” the equally provocative choices of La Familia Kardashian because … *shoulder shrug* … um … *record scratches.*
Money can’t buy you out of this trap the patriarchy put you in, ladies. Continue reading
For The Root this February I penned a post on what I felt were the biggest “black history moments” for me in my 37 years of living. Since I knew other folks already picked “Tupac Gets Shot” and I didn’t want to steal their journalistic thunder, I had to go with something else. Lucky for me, a lot of black history — good and bad — happened when I was growing up, from the L.A. riots to Mae Jemison becoming the first black woman in space in 1992. After a lot of idea juggling (Write about Lani Guinier? The Shiny Suit Era? The 90s were a formative time for me!) I decided to go with the ones that impacted the cultural sphere of my little world the most: Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the debut of “A Different World,” the O. J. Simpson trial and the Million Man March.