politics

join november’s sister circle

inhale. exhale. cleanse.

join sister’s circle dc for our monthly meet up at calabash tea & tonic. sihnuu hetep is leading a yoga class that you don’t want to miss.

november 21 // 9:30 am // 1847 7th street nw, wdc // $10

pic via black girl in om

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confessions of an obsessive travel planner

confession: i have obsessive tendencies. once i pick up a new hobby or interest, it’s full steam ahead until i’m pulled into the next adventure. since i’ve crocheted my entire family multiple scarves, it’s time for something new.

thanks to the growing black travel movement, exploring the world is my latest obsession. remember my summertime fine piece where i made a commitment to adding more stamps to my passport?  thankfully, i did just that with a recent trip to costa rica. cool breezes, palm trees, beaches, delicious food — we lived la pura vida for five relaxing days (check the ‘gram if you missed it).

while we were still in costa rica, i was already planning our next trip abroad. i mentioned i was obsessive right? here are my top social media and black travel bloggers who give invaluable access to a world without borders:

    1. zim ugochukwu and travel noire: get real familiar with zim and everything that is travel noire. after losing her job, traveling the world and sleeping on a friend’s couch, she emerged from a personal journey with a dedication to encourage black folks to see the world. she’s lowkey my latest inspiration, and travel noire’s #tndistrict is one of the most creative ways imaginable to connect with black folks around the world. check out zim’s interview with time magazine for more insight into the black travel movement.
    2. oneika the traveller: traveling to 70 countries on 6 continents has made oneika a certified travel expert. she’s been everywhere — when i say everywhere, i mean EVERYWHERE — you ever thought about traveling and thankfully chronicled her experiences online. browse her blog for top notch advice before you even think about booking a flight.
    3. catch me if you can: me and j.nambowa should be friends. her courage to get up and go off the solo move inspires all type of black girl magic. not only does her blog offer travel tips, but her periscope takes things a step further with realtime visuals from her epic locations. plus her advice on saving to travel helps squash that voice in the back of your head saying “you can’t afford to take that once in a lifetime vacation.”
    4. hashtags, hashtags and hashtags: #blacktravelers, #blacktravelhackers, #travelisthenewclub, #travelnoire and #jettsettingchicks are my go to hashtags for travel experiences. just scrolling through the pictures will inspire you to get up and go.

living in a fast-paced-urban environment provides lots of distractions from my inner self, but travel puts life as i know it to a halt. traveling is not only my latest obsession, but part of my dedication to self-care.

hannah magazine: a celebration of black women

let’s be honest. popular beauty magazines weren’t made for women of color. needles have been found in haystacks sooner than locating independent fashion and beauty sources designed for and by black women. but now we’ve been blessed with hannah magazine — let the flyest of our ancestors shout for glory.

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hannah is a delicious biannual print book created by qimmah saafir (pictured in the black top above). just scrolling through the images online made my heart skip a beat. qimmah and her crew are filling a visual void for sisters, and i couldn’t be prouder. hannah2 hannah1the best part: hannah covers socio political issues too. one time for politics and fashion. now that the magazine has been crowd sourced, stay tuned for the print book’s release date.  we see you hannah.

all pics via hannah magazine.

join sister’s circle dc

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got sisterhood?

dc’s sister’s circle is a space for black women to meet monthly and receive love, affirmation and support. with both structural and interpersonal attacks on our well-being, building positive relationships with one another is an act of resistance.  as poet lucille clifton said, “come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed.”

all black women are welcome to join! please note our space is queer and trans* affirming. visit us on facebook for upcoming details on october’s meet up.

five reasons why visibility matters for black women

the 2015 emmys were historic. for the first time in the academy’s existence, a black woman won the best leading actress in a television drama award. as viola davis took the stage to accept her golden statue, she quoted harriet tubman and reminded the world that the only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.

i cried at the monumental occasion of seeing not one, but three extremely talented black women receive the accolades they certainly deserve.

black women’s very existence is a victory given the daily oppression and microagressions we face. therefore, last night’s awards show wasn’t just about an award, but more importantly about visibility.

here are five reasons why visibility matters for black women:

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what’s your nude?

i’m tired of picking up “nude” bras that were made for a tanned miley cyrus. what better way to celebrate yesterday’s national underwear day, than to invest in under garments made especially for brown skin women? round of applause for uk company nubian skin that’s changing the game by making hosiery and lingerie for melaninated sisters.

this-brown-brand_nubian-skinNubian-Skin-4 img_2714-0 Nubian-Skin-3 if you’re in the dc metro, visit nubian hueman, a seriously fly black-owned boutique, to shop for your nude bras, panties and panty hose.

demand justice for natasha mckenna

natasha mckennaon april 28, 2014, natasha mckenna was tasered to death by police in fairfax, virginia.  killed while her hands were cuffed and feet shackled, she was found with black eyes, covered in bruises and a finger amputated. her murder is nothing short of torture.

while sandra bland’s death has risen to national attention, fewer people have heard of natasha mckenna and fewer still know about the abuse black women also suffer at the hands of police. part of natasha’s relative anonymity is due to the fairfax police department’s refusal to release video footage of her death. it’s time we know the truth.

demand justice for natasha mckenna by starting or joining actions in your city that raise awareness about her death. also, tweet @fairfaxpolice with hashtag #sayhername to demand the videotape is released.