Diet Equality and How Equality and Equity Aren’t the Same

As a graduate from a women’s centered university, I walked across the graduation stage uncertain of many things but feminism, intersectionality, and negotiation were not one of those things. I asked for my first raise at my work-study job. It confused everyone involved a little but we made it happen. As one of those, “talks…

10 Pieces of Advice That I Wish Someone Told Me in My 20s

2022 is here and as time slows down for no one I’m excited and nervous but proud of my accomplishments and have lots to celebrate next month for my birthday. My 20s were pure chaos and my 30s aren’t calm but I’ve grown into myself and I’m content with a tad bit of chaos because…

Rebel Without a Cause

“Talks excessively.” No matter the awesome grades I received on my report card, the comment section was always filled with that remark. I may have loved learning but I spent a decent amount of my time in elementary school outside in the hallway doing my work solo. Adult me is mature enough now to admit…

I Wrote My Way Out

“The problem was our parents told us we could be anything and they never told us we couldn’t be everything at once.” — @ justdae Growing up at one point, I wanted to be a singer, then I discovered that I don’t like singing in front of strangers. Then I wanted to be an actress….

Pittsburgh’s Black Exodus: Where Are They Going?

Pittsburgh’s Black Exodus: Where Are They Going? If we know anything from the last census and The State of Black Pittsburgh report, we know that Pittsburgh is losing Black People. That same report told us that there was a higher infant mortality rate for Black Women in Pittsburgh. They also found that Black People face…

It’s the Generational Misogyny for Me

“The man of the house does the yard work” and stuff like that. Someone very very close explained to me and I nodded in disappointment. You know that nod. The “I’m nodding because I respect you but, I’m a millennial and I’m shaking my head inside” nod speaks volumes. Growing up at times my mom…

Assessing Your Peace Portfolio: Be Kind to Unkind People

Before you jump down my throat hear me out. I’ve been scorned way too many times for me to still be a professional optimist and I know this and don’t understand this. It’s not going to make me less chipper though. It will make me wiser. As the only girl amongst my mom’s two boys…

Empathy, Toxic Ships, and How America Creates its Own Villains

“Sometimes you gotta care for the Cain and sometimes you gotta care for the Abel.” Justdae One morning I woke up and that’s the only line I remembered from a dream and I woke up and jotted it down to dissect later. Growing up my mom didn’t force any kind of religion on us as…

The A Word

I am an awkward black girl and I don’t apologize for it. My heart races every time I speak in public. I have to stop myself from trying to appease everyone and I have routines that I hate to break but sometimes have to and it frustrates me. “You’re not awkward if you’re self-aware.” I’ve…

Your Misogyny is Showing

Aye! I loved the video for Cardi B and Meg thee Stallion’s “WAP.” The song isn’t my cup of tea but I applaud these young women for taking control of their own sexuality in and industry that over-sexualizes and demeans women on so many levels. In high school I did my senior project on how…