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Feminista Jones Is Kind Of A Big Deal Feminista Jones Is Kind Of A Big Deal

Feminista Jones is kind of a big deal. So much of a big deal that, as a lead in for the @nbrbooks discussion of her new book (Push The Button) tonight at 9pm, I had to talk to her about sex, feminism, BDSM, erotica, and Black culture. Because we're all adults here.

A Dark Girl On Light Girls A Dark Girl On Light Girls

“When did you learn to be okay with being a brown skinned woman?”

Roxane Gay Is Kind Of A Big Deal Roxane Gay Is Kind Of A Big Deal

The #NBRB book club (I'll let you consult Google for the acronym's meaning) uses Twitter to discuss books written by some of the best and brightest. A few months back, the club set its sights on Roxane Gay's Bad Feminist. I had the opportunity to interview Roxane for the inaugural "Kind of a Big Deal" feature on VSB,…

I Tried To Get Mad About VH1's Sorority Sisters. (And I Failed.) I Tried To Get Mad About VH1's Sorority Sisters. (And I Failed.)

I was sitting at my desk yesterday and my friend sent me a GChat message.

The Problem With Girls Like Lena Dunham The Problem With Girls Like Lena Dunham

There are a lot of reasons not to like Lena Dunham. The way she’s chosen to cast Girls isn’t one of them.

Thug Kitchen's Brand Of Technicolor Blackness Thug Kitchen's Brand Of Technicolor Blackness

Since I’m not a foodie (Popeye’s, anyone?) I don’t know that I’ve given Thug Kitchen enough consideration to really think about the once-anonymous creators of the blog and its screwball blend of profanity, hoodisms, and quinoa. I suppose that passively, I believed that Thug Kitchen was created by some shea butter…

Adult R&B Isn't Dead. It's Just Having A Mid-Life Crisis (And So Am I) Adult R&B Isn't Dead. It's Just Having A Mid-Life Crisis (And So Am I)

My regular rotation of music rests firmly planted somewhere in the 1990s, with pinches of the 1980s and beyond.

On Being A Little Tired Of Being The "Safe Black Friend You Talk To About Race" On Being A Little Tired Of Being The "Safe Black Friend You Talk To About Race"

I was a junior in high school when a teacher came over to a group of us at lunch looking for one of our classmates. With four grades of students capped at no more than 100 each, we were a small school of folks who knew each other by name. In the liberal granola-crusted feel-goodism of my costly rep school, students…

For Bougie Black Girls Who Appreciate 'Anaconda' For Bougie Black Girls Who Appreciate 'Anaconda'

Let me just start by saying that I really enjoy Nicki Minaj’s 'Anaconda' video.

The Gospel of P*ssy Prosperity, Explained The Gospel of P*ssy Prosperity, Explained

In last week’s piece about the Universal He Fine/He Ain’t Shit Matrix, I referenced The Gospel of Pussy Prosperity. I received a lot of follow up from folks curious about it. I sat down with my sister-friend Ashleigh J. (@filthycharm) to get answers.

The Universal "He Fine"/"He Ain't Shit" Matrix The Universal "He Fine"/"He Ain't Shit" Matrix

Twice in the last 24 hours, I’ve received a link to a video about the so-called “Universal Hot/Crazy Matrix.” The video features a guy who looks like he wants to sell you Windows 98, telling audiences “everything a young man needs to know about women.” It’s a self-developed theory based on dude’s “46 years of living…

Old "Bae" Becomes New Flavor For Whites Old "Bae" Becomes New Flavor For Whites

In this, the 2014th Year of Our Lord, on the 23rd day of the month of July, at 6:55 p.m. EST, TIME Magazine ran a story. It’s headline read:

The Burden Of Writing (And Reading) While Black The Burden Of Writing (And Reading) While Black

“I don't burden myself with the impossible task of writing the "Black Woman's" experience; to be honest, I think categorically-Black writing loses a lot of nuance and is generally lazy. I just tell my own stories and hope somebody feels me.”

Street Harassment: The Black Girl's Bat Mitzvah Street Harassment: The Black Girl's Bat Mitzvah

Ask any Black woman you know, and she’ll probably tell you street harassment has happened to her. Ask any teenage Black girl you know, and she probably thinks it’s supposed to.

On Head Scarves, Bed Time, and Women's Hair On Head Scarves, Bed Time, and Women's Hair

While I rep Philly to the death of me, there is a very big part of me that was born in Washington, D.C. The best parts of me come alive when I’m in the District, probably because most of the friends I love best in the world have scattered themselves somewhere between Baltimore and Alexandria.

America's Annoying "So...What Are You?" Game America's Annoying "So...What Are You?" Game

I got an issue with this. And this. I’m going to try to put my finger on why. Bear with me.

You Know, Leaving Him Is An Option, Too You Know, Leaving Him Is An Option, Too

“A lot of chicks really don’t have a choice, to be honest.”

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