Let’s Get in Formation: Beyoncé and Black Hair

A reflection written by Women’s Center staff member, MJ Jalloh Jamboria Beyoncé’s newest hit, “Formation” has been the topic of conversation everywhere. If you missed the video, here it is! Since her Super Bowl performance on February 7th, Beyoncé has received mountains of praise and criticism for her performance and newest video. (Also, take a… Continue reading Let’s Get in Formation: Beyoncé and Black Hair

“Are you judged by your name?” ­ On Raven­-Symoné and the Respectability Politics of “Black-Sounding” Names

Since becoming a co-host on the renowned talk show The View, Raven-Symoné has made her fair share of offensive comments, resulting in her receiving a lot of backlash on social media. From her comments about race to her jokes about not hiring “Watermelondrea,” let’s just say Raven has put her foot in her mouth far… Continue reading “Are you judged by your name?” ­ On Raven­-Symoné and the Respectability Politics of “Black-Sounding” Names

The Power of Words: The Language Used to Describe People of Color in Activism

A blog reflection written by Women's Center intern, MJ Jalloh-Jamboria This semester I’ve had the privilege of taking Dr. Tammy Henderson’s ‘Black Feminist Thought’ class. I recommend the class to anyone interested in learning the origins and history of black feminism, the claim of black feminist intellect and the way black feminist activism pertains to… Continue reading The Power of Words: The Language Used to Describe People of Color in Activism

“You Don’t Look Like a Sorority Girl” – On Greek Life and Being a Woman of Color in a Predominantly White Subculture

A blog reflection written by Women's Center Staff Member Meagé Clements   “You’re in a sorority? You don’t look like a sorority girl!” Since becoming a member of Zeta Sigma Chi Multicultural Sorority Inc., this has become something I’ve grown quite used to hearing. Intrinsically, I politely answer with, “Yes, I am in a sorority” and… Continue reading “You Don’t Look Like a Sorority Girl” – On Greek Life and Being a Woman of Color in a Predominantly White Subculture

Blackish: Telling My Story

I am reclaiming my blackness. It's been taken, twisted, and transformed into something I no longer recognized. It was deemed less than by the black kids, less than by the white kids, and left me navigating a space with an identity invalid. My mom and I had a long "discussion" about the term Blackish. This began… Continue reading Blackish: Telling My Story