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By Makayla Posley

We rode down Springfield Avenue, in Newark, New Jersey, in a hooptie reeking of boys, weed and boredom. After the third rotation, I began to question why I was even here. For some insane, blasphemous reason, the aux cord wasn’t in the car so we had no choice but to listen to the radio. After we all professed our love for the “CoCo,” “White Noise” by Disclosure faded in and there was an awkward silence. I am not sure if the silence was confusion for why this would be playing on a hip-hop station or just because nobody fucked with it.
By Layna Jade

Last month, I went to the wedding of one of my oldest friends. Well, technically I was in the wedding as one of her lovely bridesmaids and although there were some bridezilla type issues (ironically, not coming from the bride), everything was quite lovely.
By Tracey M. Lewis-Giggetts

I could tell she felt awkward. Concern was written all over her face. Her pale skin had turned slightly pink. Her eyebrows were furrowed. Her words were clear but filled with emotion.
By Vanessa Geffrard

"When it comes to HIV/family planning/reproductive health, you are either infected or affected."
by Moriah Ray and Jasmine Hall for Black Millennials

Displaced: force (someone) to leave their home, typically because of war, persecution, or natural disasters.

There is a war being waged on black bodies that is resulting in our persecution and there is nothing natural about this disaster. It is methodological, institutionalized and heavily funded.

By Veronica Agard

While living in this heteropatriarchal society, examples of male ego tripping can run the gamut from asinine comments to full-blown violence. As someone who facilitates free safe spaces for women of color, I’ve witnessed the pushback to this firsthand and have often been asked about male participation – “why can’t men be attend?” “that’s sexist!” or something to that effect. In direct response to this, many sister circles and healing cyphers become very intentional when it comes to who can enter their spaces and with whom they engage in conversations on checking male privilege and patriarchy. There is hope in conversations on healthy masculinities and allyship, but the return of #MasculintySoFragile and the backlash that followed serves as a painful reminder of the work that remains to be done.
by Jai Danielle

Most of us have been here before: you’re on a date with a new guy. He appears smart, handsome, financially and emotionally stable. Down-to-earth. Confident. Stylish. Sexy. You get a good vibe.