As I get older, I no longer see family and community as a place to shrink myself under the weight of what’s expected, but rather as a place to love and…
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Now that I look back on this night, I realize he didn’t agree to my plan in order to save the Christmas tamales. He aimed to save my emotions.
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I lived the first 53 years of my life fully invested in the narrative that I was my mother’s firstborn child, her firstborn daughter. I had been raised…
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I’m in good company with this bunch of badass women: Beyoncé, Oprah, Hillary, and Taylor Swift. Why? Because I’m the #1 child, and #1 daughter in my…
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By Taiia Smart-Young I’ll allow Shonda Rhimes to take credit for inventing the year of yes (YOY). This TV titan did make it famous, but let the record…
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One Sunday afternoon about 15 years ago, I wandered into a panel discussion at The Brooklyn Public Library just as Carmen Boullousa, the Mexican poet…
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There is a very specific type of agony for a person living in the United States in 2022 who is civically engaged, passionate about social issues and…
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By Erica Hormung My motto for Halloween costumes is: If it fits in the car, it’s not worth doing. I go big or go home, and it MUST be made with my own…
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By Tracey Lynn Lloyd July 2016. The month New York City officially became hot as Hades and even Texas was sympathetic. Given the temperature, I wasn’t…
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By Erica Reitman I don’t use the term “fur baby mama” non-ironically or own a collection of seasonal holiday dog sweaters. My pup doesn’t have an…
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On being a denim disaster
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By Stacy Pratt In my culture — the Mvskoke (Creek) tribe — humor is a constant. There’s even a certain genre of humor which one of our scholars, Craig…
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