black women

I'm A Black Woman & I Am More Than My Butt

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Black women seem only to be valued for our parts, not our whole selves. The over-sexualization of our bodies has a long history and has been reinforced by harmful stereotypes across all forms of media. We battle with those stereotypes every time we step outside.
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Black People Get Eating Disorders Too

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Eating disorders continue to be misunderstood and stigmatized within the Black community. For years, there have been myths about eating disorders affecting only white, affluent, young women. With increasing education and discussion on the subject, it’s becoming more apparent how universal eating disorders are. 

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Before You Tell Black Women To Breastfeed, Consider This

Things need to change to increase Black breastfeeding rates.

A clear medical bias and the stresses of new motherhood, often leaves Black women unsupported on their breastfeeding journeys.

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Letting My Hair Go Natural Lifted A Huge Burden Off My Shoulders

Letting my hair go natural lifted a huge burden off my shoulders. I don’t feel like a slave to it anymore.

Letting my hair go natural lifted a huge burden! I don’t feel like a slave to it anymore, which has made me feel less annoyed by it.

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An Ode To Solange In Honor Of Her Revolutionary Guggenheim Performance

Screenshot from "Don't Touch My Hair" music video by Solange

This year, in collaboration with the Red Bull Music Academy, Solange re-invented the Guggenheim Museum and blessed us with “An Ode To.”

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Congratulations, Shea Moisture! You Played Yourself 

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This week, a commercial produced by the hair-care brand Shea Moisture went viral for all the wrong reasons.

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"Chewing Gum" Matters, And Here's Why

Tracey is allowed the space to make dumb mistakes. (Image: YouTube/ E4)

From the stunningly brilliant mind of Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum follows the cringe-worthy hijinks of Tracey — a spirited, sheltered young woman determined to chase down her sexual awakening at full speed after the end of her first major relationship.

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Protecting Our Children After The Wounds Of Racism Divide Us Even More

Protesters last week in Baton Rouge. Image: Shannon Stapleton/REUTERS.

I find myself in this place again. I am numb. I feel empty. I almost have no words.
In 2012, around the time of the birth of my son, I had a similar feeling. Trayvon Martin was killed. I was pregnant with a black male in a world that was not ready for him.

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You're Not Entitled To Comment On My Body Just Because I'm A Black Woman

Why do women feel the need to police other women’s bodies? Image: Thinkstock

In 2015, to be a woman (and a black woman at that) among the general public means having to keep your defenses up.

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Introducing The Congressional Caucus On Black Women And Girls

It’s long past time that we turn our attention to leveling the playing field for Black women and girls.

This is no small thing. The institutional barriers to achievement faced by Black women are staggering: African American women earn only 64% of what white men earn, and they earn only 91% of what Black men earn. African American women held 8.58% of the bachelor’s degrees held by women in 2012, though they constituted 12.7% of the female population. The poverty rate for African American women is 28.6%. In comparison, the poverty rate of white, non-Hispanic women is 10.8%.

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