Chris Brown, Jezebel, and Getting Rape Wrong

We’ve come a long way on certain issues relating to gender, sexuality, and assault. But some things take longer than others. We specifically still have trouble accepting that boys and men are sometimes the survivors of sexual assault. At best, we ignore the stories of men being sexually assaulted. At worst, we couch those experiences…

Hijacking the Civil Rights Legacy

I was fortunate enough to be born in Birmingham, Alabama. Although some people are ashamed to be from there, and think only about Confederate flags, bad health, and poverty, I think about the rich history of Black resistance and organizing that took place there. The civil rights movement marked a time when Black activists in…

Saggin & Assault On Appearance

I clearly remember a cold and windy night in Washington, D.C. A friend reached out to me to see if I wanted to go with her to hear some spoken word poetry. I walked into a building on the legendary campus of Howard University that was filled with expressive poets, well-dressed audience members, and the…