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[NOTE: This is a living document. This list does not claim to be exhaustive. If you know of other books about Black Feminism that should be added, leave a comment with the title and author. Check back for updates as time goes on.]
The Black Feminist Starter Library is a collection of works intended to help inform those who may be just starting to educate themselves about Black Feminism, Womanism, and the unique body of knowledge generated by Black women over the decades. This body of literature encompasses diverse authors of varying viewpoints, all of which are important to the…
I have liked multiple genders since I was old enough to have crushes, but I didn’t come out until 2015. That summer in college was the first time I attached the word “bisexual” to my identity. I was a design student at the time, and during my coming out process I began researching a lot of queer identities and the flags that went with them. A few steps later I had begun selling some Pride designs I made on sites like Redbubble and Society6 — starting, of course, with the bi flag and its colors.
Creating the designs was never…
When labeling oneself a “feminist,” an urge arises to address every personal decision within the context of feminism. Every choice becomes either “feminist” or “anti-feminist” — because feminism is about choices, right? (Wrong.) Almost everything about a woman’s day-to-day life, like whether dresses or powersuits are her uniform of choice, has come up for debate on the feminist stage at one point or another.
As a result, there is no shortage of articles in places like Bustle, Refinery29, and other female-leaning magazines and blogs fielding questions about women’s lifestyles as though they are crucial to feminist causes: Am I a…
About six months ago, I was at a crossroads in my writing journey. I had been doing a bit of content writing for over a year and wanted to branch out into more developed and consistent work. My instinct was to begin by writing about my hardest and most traumatic experiences because that seemed to be what got the most traction online, outside of listicles and clickbait.
Like most of us, I felt like I had things to say. Being a queer Black woman in this endless news cycle of -isms and phobias, there’s always a lot on my mind…
The more I settle into my queer identity, the more the traditional archetype of what “home” and “family” looks like for me continues to deviate from the heteronormative standard. My partner and I are pretty ambivalent towards marriage. While we understand the material benefits of a legal union, the thought of tying ourselves into something lifelong that’s expensive and messy to get out of if it doesn’t work seems…flawed. I find myself coming back to the same question each time: Why does marriage need to be a life-long commitment?
Let’s paint a picture.
After a long and wonderful dating period…
I should be ecstatic. I should feel vindicated. At the very least, I ought to be relieved that yet another murderer won’t be walking free among us.
I feel a whole lot of nothing. A small victory has been won, but it feels like a single drop pulled from an ocean.
George Floyd was the last Black person I saw die. I realized last year that I cannot watch anymore. I’ve never thought of myself as a person suffering from trauma, but what Black person isn’t? I get heart palpitations every time I drive past…
I have a love-hate relationship with fitness channels and influencers. In many ways, I think all of them are far too focused on weight loss and appearance goals. We live in a fatphobic society, and nothing exemplifies that more than health and fitness culture. At the same time, as someone who suffers from some horrendous health consequences if I don’t stay active, I’ve found myself relying on a lot of online fitness channels to stay active in quarantine.
So despite some misgivings, and definitely not without critical thought, I’ve built myself a library of fitness YouTubers that I rely on…
Nothing has made me quite as fed up with gender essentialism as being a cat owner. I have a male cat. I haven’t thought much about his maleness since we got his balls removed years ago, but wow — everybody else sure has!
I collar my cats because they appreciate a good ‘fit as much as anyone else, and my very fashionable son happens to wear a pink striped collar. My mother short-circuited a bit upon noticing this one day.
“Is he gay?” She turned to him. “Are you gay?”
(He did not respond, I assume, because it was a…
You’ve seen this woman before.
Maybe not this exact woman, but a version of her.
Lightly tan skin. Big loose curls. Definitely not a White woman. Maybe a Black woman? Mixed with some other race? The elusive Blasian?
It doesn’t matter. She is the Diversity™ you need for your next ad campaign. Ethnic ambiguity is in right now, and it’s time to capitalize on it. The ad was for skincare, right? Or maybe makeup. Something in the beauty aisle.
If you use a darker woman, White people won’t think your product is for them. You’re not trying to corner the…
Bisexual Black Feminist | BLK INK Editor-in-Chief