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by Kesiena Boom 

How many times have you gotten into a discussion with a white feminist that has made you wanna tear your hair out? How many times have you wished you had a short, handy guide that explains how white feminists can make the steps towards not being quite so infuriating? Well, here we go, your dreams have come true. The following list is everything you need to combat the offensive Ani DiFranco brand of feminist in your life.

by Anna Gibson

Being a black woman in a management or leadership position can be challenging. Black women are often subject to discrimination, workplace harassment, and being pigeon-holed into one of many harmful stereotypes.The statistics demonstrate a clear wage gap between black women and white men. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, while black women made up 33 percent of the workforce in 2013, only 6.9 percent attained management positions within their companies of employment. Furthermore, black women made up only 2.9 percent of chief executive positions within their respective companies.

by Brittany Dawson

A White peer complained that despite being in a course centered on exploring 19th century literature, we should avoid talking about slavery.

It’s “too much” and “too depressing.” Never mind the fact that it’s unfeasible to understand these literary works without placing them within the context of slavery, race, and class, she stood her ground.

Queens, NY resident Jonathan Walker was moved by rage and jealousy in the brutal attack against his common-law wife Shantai Hale, their daughters 7-year-old Kayla and 12-year-old Christina, and Hale's mother, Viola Warren.

Hours before the incident, sources confirm that Walker was in a local liquor store telling others about his suspicions of Hale's infidelity.

“He believed she may have been cheating on him—possibly with more than one person,” a law-enforcement source said. “He went and got drunk that night before heading home.”

Under the influence of alcohol, Walker arrived at Hale’s home in the early hours of Saturday morning. He shot his two daughters then Hale and her mother, who were in another room. After the attack, Walker drove to JFK International Airport and took his own life by gunshot in his car.

His daughter Christina survived the attack and was able to call 911. She is now in critical condition but doctors remain hopeful for her recovery. Her survival is a miracle.

“Thank God the bullet passed through the part of her head that it did,” says Silford Warren, an uncle. “She moved her head backward at just the right moment when [her father] fired, and that probably saved her life.”

Sources say that Walker chose to kill his children so they would avoid being placed in foster care.

“He destroyed a whole family,” Hale’s cousin Joseph Simmons said. “There are no words to describe how angry the family is. He is a loser. He is a coward.”
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Courtney Taylor is a senior English-Creative Writing major at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA. Follow her on Twitter @thecourtcase

For Harriet is nearly five years old, and I've learned there are a few topics that are sure to spark contentious debate. Colorism is one of them. Discussions on colorism provoke strong feelings in Black women, in particular, and it seems that rarely do the conversation's participants walk away with a deeper understanding of the institutional consequences of colorism or the ways we can move forward in combatting them.

by Raisa Habersham

The second opening scene of Selma is a poignant one.

We’re introduced to four little girls, walking down the stairs of church basement. As they descend, they discuss how they envy the refined hairstyle of Coretta Scott King. Then there is a blast. As the dust settles, you see the girls’ lifeless bodies partially buried in the rubble.

Marissa Alexander, a woman whose case helped bring national attention to Florida's stand your ground and minimum sentencing laws, was allowed to leave jail late Tuesday afternoon to spend the rest of her sentence on house arrest.

by Moiyattu Banya

A few days ago, while lecturing to a class of 36 students on the impact of female revolutionaries of color throughout history I asked the question, “Where do we think radical change should come from?” My students responded in a variety of ways. Some thought it should come from those who are directly impacted by the injustice, others thought it was a collective effort where those from outside the community could also be responsible. I am of the belief that if massive change should occur, those who understand the injustices the most have to spark that change, however the multiplying effect of outsiders supporting and championing the cause is also very critical in the latter stages of the revolution.

by Dalila Thomas

It’s pretty safe to say that a majority of people at some point in their lives will want to be in a successful, long-term relationship with someone, and possibly even get married. It’s also safe to say that many of these “serious” relationships start in our 20’s and 30’s. Back in the day, it seems marriage and kids were something checked off a woman’s bucket list by age 30. These days, it seems that for African American women, holding down a lasting, committed relationship may be one the biggest obstacles we face. Why is this? I believe it has a lot to do with the examples and messages about successful marriages—or lack thereof—placed before us, as well as out-of-date notions about women’s roles.

by C. Imani Williams

New mothers often spend countless hours shopping for and outfitting children. Online, at the mall, in specialty shops—we get it in. We love shopping for our little girls, and dressing them in cute combinations. This works well until said little girl decides to take over as fashionista. Kids have no problem telling you what they like. This can happen as early as two or three years of age. By kindergarten you will know how much of a challenge you are up for. Moms can make the process easier and encourage self-expression by allowing creative freedom, with rules in place. It can cut down on wasting time as you prepare to get out the front door in the morning.

According to her husband Mike, Lisa Swinton McLaughlin wanted to have kids for more than 30 years.

by Je Tuan Lavyonne

I cringe when I think of my teenage years; I’m not one of those people that wishes I could go back and do it all again. I had some good times, and I met two lifelong friends, but I am so happy that part of my life is over. If I could go back, it would only be to give myself words of wisdom. Here are seven things that I would say.

by Aisha N. Davis, Esq.

When it comes to “fixing” the problems facing Black people in America, scholars, activists, and politicians have weighed in for centuries. Since our arrival on this continent, our bodies have been used to build economies, our image has been used to elicit fear and inspire lust, and our voices have been, by and large, silenced. And, along the way, we became responsible for shedding the layers of racism and injustice through our own actions. This is evident in the existence of respectability politics.

by Kamaya Thompson

I have the best friends anyone could ask for. We live in different states, but talk everyday like we live under the same roof all thanks to our group text messages. We talk about everything in our group texts: relationships, jobs, family… you name it! We especially love sharing photos with each other—from selfies, to the funniest Instagram meme. It’s one of the small ways we constantly keep in touch.

by Gogo Thule

I have to admit that I have mastered the art of staying in bed as long as humanly possible before suddenly jumping up, and rushing through the day to make it to my job or appointments. At least half of the time this appears to work. I get up, I go, and I get it done. However, by the end of the day I feel depleted, soul-less, purposeless, and completely tapped out. I know I am doing myself a great disservice.

by Stefani Cox

“I could never go out with someone really dark, you know, like Africa black,” said one African American guy to me on a tragic (and very final) OkCupid date a few years back.

by Kamiiya Williams

I was in college when Lil Wayne’s song “Every Girl” first came out. I admit, it was one of my favorite songs to play on my iPhone while I worked out in the gym and it got me going at the house parties. However, the first line of his verse always stood out to me: “I like a long-haired, thick redbone,” as it described what many men thought to be the "ideal" woman.

That wasn't me.

by Bee Quammie

Feeling understood is a luxury these days, and I guess a portion of that is my fault.

Each time I get a text message asking “Hey! How you doin’?” and I answer “Fine! How are you?” I promise myself that next time I’ll respond with the truth. Each time I get off the phone with my mother, I wonder if she senses the hesitation in my goodbye, the falter in my voice that signifies that I want to say more, but I don’t know how. Each time my husband asks me what he can do to help, emotion rises in my throat and bubbles out through my tears. All I can say is, “I don’t know.”