I’m Tired of the Black Woman Problem: An Interview With Tamara Winfrey Harris

Black women are in trouble. Or at least, that’s the narrative. Headlines warn that they’re less likely to attain a college degree than their peers; that they pose a higher risk to various health afflictions like cervical cancer and hypertension; that they “experience unintended pregnancies” at three times the rate of… »8/17/15 3:51pm8/17/15 3:51pm

Allure Stupidly Defends Their Stupid Afro Tutorial For White Women

Allure magazine has rightfully been dragged through the mud over the past few days for a hair tutorial in their August issue called, “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro,” which instructs white women on how to achieve an “Afro.” Unfortunately for Allure, the tutorial doesn’t begin and end with, “be black.” »8/03/15 6:30pm8/03/15 6:30pm

Sandra Bland: A Black Woman's Life Finally Matters


For the past two weeks, I have carried Sandra Bland with me everywhere I go. At first, it was a smiling image of her that haunted my thoughts; she is dressed in what looks to be a black blazer and white blouse, one of her baby locs creeping out of place and sitting squarely on her forehead. She’s wearing big earrings,… »7/28/15 4:18pm7/28/15 4:18pm

The 'Accidental' Death of Natasha McKenna, Killed in Police Restraints

For unknown reasons—just kidding, I’ve got a guess or two—Natasha McKenna’s violent and senseless death in police custody hasn’t gotten much national attention in the months since she (a 5’2” woman, weighing 130 pounds) was taken from her Fairfax County jail cell to be transported to Alexandria, Virginia: a process… »5/11/15 2:00pm5/11/15 2:00pm

The New York Times, Shonda Rhimes & How to Get Away With Being Racist

I would like to believe that not being racist isn't extraordinarily difficult. I would like to think that by simply acknowledging the humanity of other people and their right to exist in this world and being open and aware to learning about certain issues, you can avoid many uncomfortable moments. If nothing else, you… »9/19/14 2:30pm9/19/14 2:30pm

Actresses Lament Being Typecast in Pretty Stellar 'Royals' Parody

Tess Paras is an Asian-American actress who is tired of being cast as a white lady's nerdy or sexy sidekick. She also happens to have a little bit of musical talent kicking around. And, you know, since Royals is such a fun song to parody on account of the fact that it's got all kinds of lyrics, she and two of her… »3/26/14 5:25pm3/26/14 5:25pm

No, Black Women Aren't Bad at Diet and Exercise

For years, the problem had researchers flummoxed — why, in weight loss trials that require participants to diet and exercise, did black women have consistently less dramatic results than their white counterparts? Now, one group of researchers purports to have the answer: it's not that black women aren't trying; it's… »12/19/13 4:40pm12/19/13 4:40pm

University of Alabama Sororities Still Won't Rush Black Women

In a fantastic and depressing exposé, the Crimson White reports that at least four traditionally white sororities at the University of Alabama had their alumnae blatantly block two black women from pledging this year, women that current sorority members had already targeted as prime candidates who they wanted to… »9/11/13 3:30pm9/11/13 3:30pm

Black Women Twice as Susceptible to PTSD After Breast Cancer Diagnosis

As more women between the ages of 25 to 39 are being diagnosed with breast cancer (gaaaah), researchers are taking additional steps to address the emotional and psychological trauma involved in the diagnosis. After analyzing the interviews of over 1,100 women recently diagnosed, the Journal of the National Cancer… »3/02/13 4:45pm3/02/13 4:45pm