Abortion has been a topic of discussion since the infamous Roe vs. Wade case in 1973. The conversation intensified this year when Georgia passed a bill banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy and Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion law in the country.
According to the New York Times, “[Alabama’s] legislation bans abortions at every stage of pregnancy and criminalizes the procedure for doctors, who could be charged with felonies and face up to 99 years in prison. It includes an exception for cases when the mother’s life is at serious risk, but not for...
While Megan Thee Stallion dubbed Summer 2019 a Hot Girl Summer, I felt lukewarm about mine. Before the summer, I had a well-paid freelance writing client and a part-time job while I was building my erotic coaching business.
When summer hit, my client decided not to renew my contract. I was overwhelmed with discouragement and left with a part-time income. I also received snide comments about being a sex coach before my client’s decision, which made me question my capabilities.
– Amisha “Amy” Padnani and Jessica Bennett
Overlooked is a ground-breaking multi-media project created by Amisha “Amy” Padnani, the digital editor of the New York Times obituary section, in collaboration with New York Times’ first gender editor, Jessica Bennett, to tell the stories of several historical women who, for whatever reason, were “overlooked” by the New York Times’ obituary section. The women highlighted include:
Ida B Wells, a journalist who reported on lynching and advocated again...
The first time I heard someone refer to themselves as nonbinary I was in college. I had an acquaintance on my college campus, who I met as a female, but then later started identifying herself as male.
I graduated college in 2014 and since then the world has become more aware of the transgender and nonbinary community. There are now shows like “Pose,” “I Am Cait” and “Strut” that allow transgender and nonbinary people to tell their stories. We also have brave politicians like Christine Hallquist, the first transgender nominee for the governor of Vermont, who ran for office during the recent...
Staying healthy, staying woke and balancing your job with your side hustle can be stressful. According to CNBC many women’s top priorities are living on their own, establishing a career and financial security. However, it’s imperative for women to also prioritize their mental health, especially important since depression and anxiety are more common in women, according to the National Institute of Mental Health.
Black women experience the highest infant mortality rates among any racial or ethnic group in the United States, according to a recent segment on CBS. This is a direct result of social and economic disparities in our current health care system. Thankfully, organizations, like Black Mamas Matter Alliance, advocate, drive research, build power and shift culture for Black maternal health, rights, and justice.
The founding Black Mamas Matter Alliance Steering Committee members, Angela Doyinsola A...
Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the country, according to Forbes. While this is amazing, many of us who are freelancers or have our own businesses hustle so hard that we neglect our health. It also doesn’t help that many of us have mediocre insurance (or no insurance at all) that makes regular and emergency checkups costly. Unfortunately, hoping our health stays intact until our businesses turn a profit isn’t the best health care option.
Black women entrepreneurs...
Traditionally, women are told that to be successful in love and life, they need to be “perfect.”
To land a good partner and be considered a “nice girl,” women have been told to be whatever the man wants them to be. In the workplace, they’re instructed to keep their heads down and play by the rules. However, as women prioritize their career over marriage and continue to do the same work as men (if not more) without equal pay, women are getting fed up with trying to be perfect. Here's why!
If you’re anything like me, when you have seen “AI” casually mentioned on social media, you might have assumed people were just talking about some guy named “AL” or some new type of new computer system. You probably didn’t pay any mind to it because the internet bombards us with so much information that it’s easy to tune things out.
For as long as I can remember, my life revolved around preparing for a man, consciously and subconsciously.
My family, church, television shows would communicate, directly and indirectly, the importance of having a husband.
“You’d make a good wife if you cleaned more.”
“Make sure you learn to cook so you can take care of your husband.”
“Don’t be too honest because men don’t like it…”
On the flip side, I’ve seen and heard men being encouraged to focus on their careers because women will always be available to them as if women were disposable.
A conversation to have with everyone you have sex with.
It was my junior year in college. I hadn’t had my “hoe phase” yet, but I was definitely sexually active. During my winter break, I received a letter from my gynecologist. I was hesitant to open it because I thought it was a bill, but it was actually a document notifying me that I had HPV (Human Papillomavirus). The news hit me hard because I was consoling a friend on campus who found out she had HPV two weeks prior (talk about foreshadow...
y favorite, longest running, and likely my best, relationship to date is what many would call a situationship, but for me, it’s the classic “friend with benefits” (FWB) setup. Why do I love this kind of arrangement? It’s not as time-consuming as a relationship and is way more meaningful than a slew of one-night stands. I love my FWB, or as I like to call him, dependable d-ck. But, for the sake of this article, I will call him Adonis (his request, not mine).
Adonis and I didn’t start off as se...
As a recently Certified Erotic Blueprint Coach™, my mission is to help women (especially women of color) advocate for their needs, desires, and boundaries, because they deserve to do so. In the era of the #MeToo Movement and #WhyIDidntReport, I have my work cut out for me.
I became a Certified Erotic Blueprint Coach™ this past summer. But it wasn’t easy! I had to get raw and real about my passion for sexuality AND figure out a way to come out as a sex coach to my friends and family after keep...
aking conversation on the first date is hard. I get it. But there’s one question I despise— yes, more than lingering silence— when I’m sitting across a bar, table, or even looking at my smartphone screen. And that is: “Why are you single?” No answer is a win here. Almost every response puts you in one of two boxes. To some folks, you’re either angry and lonely or you’re hoe-ing it up. Even the popular response, “I haven’t found the right guy/girl yet,” can come across as cliché, corny and unb...