When Naja's super-logical-brain desperately needs to categorize everything, including her own social standing. Over the course of the development of this blog, the concept of identity has come up quite often. From my ethnicity and race, to my speech and ideology, my identity has played a huge role in who I am. It's in my nature to … Continue reading What’s In A Name?
Getting over temporary people is definitely a learning process... As I've probably mentioned in previous posts, my parents are divorced and have been for over a decade. As I've also stated, witnessing divorce can take a major toll on how you evaluate the relationships in your life. People coming and going through life's revolving door … Continue reading What It Means To Let Go
No more "all my life I had to fight." There are other stories to tell. I don't ever remember having fantasies about being a princess as a child. Maybe my parents could give a better testimony of my likes, but based on what I remember, I was more into being a Powerpuff Girl or a … Continue reading Stop The Slave Narrative
Please stop asking me about my love life. It hasn't changed. I know I've been more active on this blog in the last few days than I have been in the past month, but as school gets closer, my thoughts tend to run a little wild. Lately, I've had this habit of psychoanalyzing myself just … Continue reading How “When” Became “If”
If your form of feminism isn't inclusive of ALL women (Women of color, disabled women, transgender women, women of various faiths, women who don't follow the rules of femininity, women who DO follow the rules of femininity, etc.), then it isn't truly feminism.
"I'll have all of my goals accomplished in x amount of years," you say, as Depression gives a hearty chuckle at your expense. If I were to ask a 13-year-old version of myself what she thought I'd be like in 8 years, I already know exactly what she'd say, "She'll be skinny, with expensive clothes, a … Continue reading What If?
"You're Latina? I thought you were Black!" Race: each of the major divisions of humankind, having distinct physical characteristics. Ethnicity: the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition. The first time I ever saw an Afro-Latina on television was way back in 2001. I was … Continue reading 50 Shades of Black and Brown: Race vs. Ethnicity
Facebook users suddenly become experts on world news, for some reason. One thing I've noticed is that Facebook can be both a blessing and a curse. It's given me a chance to connect with people I haven't seen in years, and I'm able to properly indulge in wacky videos and pet shenanigans from my distant … Continue reading “While You Were Distracted by Caitlyn Jenner…”
Brown and dark skinned girls exist. There's actually quite a few of us. I'm actually really mad that I have to make this blog post, because I'm actually really excited to see this movie. But damn it if the trailer didn't have one GLARING flaw (there were actually many, but I'm only focusing on the most … Continue reading Too Dark for “Dope”
If a black girl listens to The Civil Wars, and no one's around to see it, is she still black? Yes. Surprise! Before I go into my story of asshole-ish behavior, I will say that there’s nothing more obnoxious than telling a black person that they’re not really black because of the way they speak … Continue reading The “Oreo” Experience