To Be A Black Woman in a White Newsroom

On Tuesday, the Attorney General handed down the news many of us feared.  None of the officers involved in the death of Daniel Prude will face charges.  We waited for months hoping the Grand Jury would hand down justice, and yet we’re here again in a very similar place.  I heard the decision while at […]

5 Black Trans Femmes That Should Be Honored During Black History Month

Happy Black History Month!  This month is normally reserved for straight, cis- black people. Every year in school we learned about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Trans black folks are often left out of the conversation. Even among other black people, they aren’t brought up or revered for their fearlessness and achievements.  I […]

Black vs. POC: A New But Outdated Term

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Black vs. POC: A New But Outdated Term I am not a person of color.  I am Black.  This is a sentence that I have said to countless people– each time with more conviction.  When hearing it, I feel as if my blackness is being lumped into a group without notice.  It feels like a […]

When The U.S Government Fails, Mutual Aid Workers Step Up: Part I

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When The U.S Government Fails, Mutual Aid Workers Step Up Happy New Year!  I know we are all so excited to be getting a fresh slate and looking ahead to better days. I wanted to start off this year by showing thanks to local people and organizations who are helping this community get through tough […]

Youth Activist Sarah Adams Is Hope for The Future

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Youth Activist Sarah Adams Is Hope for The Future I have faith in the future because of students like Sarah Adams. At just 14-years-old, Sarah has made strides in Rochester with the school district and social justice.  She was marching this past Summer for Daniel Prude. She has protested teacher cuts for the Rochester City […]

Black Womxn Are More Than Their Strength

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Black Womxn Are More Than Their Strength Calling a Black womxn strong is not a compliment. That might sound strange because ‘strong’ is such a positive adjective. Most would be grateful to hear others use that term to describe them. But for Black Womxn the term makes us feel exhausted. It’s a term that is […]

Do’s and Don’ts for This Unprecedented Pandemic Holiday Season

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Do’s and Don’ts for This Unprecedented Pandemic Holiday Season  DON’T go to your family’s house if you can help it I know it’s Thanksgiving and we want to share the day with those who mean the most to us. However, we are also in the midst of a pandemic. Normal doesn’t exist anymore. We now […]

Elitist Thinking Will Not Save Poor People

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Elitist Thinking Will Not Save Poor People Keke Palmer is the latest celebrity to be dragged by Black Twitter.  Palmer recently took to twitter with this message, “Imagine if your EBT card could only work on healthy items…” The tweet crosses a line that makes me (and millions of other Twitter users) uncomfortable. Let’s break […]