You Can’t Have My Cookie: Raising Boys to be Comfortable with Women Saying No 

As a mother, I want what most parents want for their children: safety, success, peace, happiness, prosperity, and fulfillment. I want them to live meaningful lives full of love and fruition. But as a social justice advocate and feminist, I also want my children to understand their role in ensuring that all people have access… Read More You Can’t Have My Cookie: Raising Boys to be Comfortable with Women Saying No 

The Impossibility of Loving Prince While Hating Queerness

Today, the world is mourning the passing of a legend. And as is the case with all cultural icons, the grief is being felt in all corners, by people of all races, ethnicities, economic classes, gender expressions, etc. There is no doubt that his Purple Majesty touched people all over this world. For me, Prince was… Read More The Impossibility of Loving Prince While Hating Queerness

What Happens When the Black Does Crack & Our Ageism Starts Showing?

Not long ago, this stunning picture of 50 year old actress Elise Neal – looking svelte, supple, and half her age – made the rounds on social media. We marveled. We gaped. We applauded. We complimented and congratulated. We appended a #BodyGoals and blew dust off neglected gym memberships that had been languishing in the… Read More What Happens When the Black Does Crack & Our Ageism Starts Showing?

Let’s Stop Acting Like Bill Cosby Was a Threat, When He Really Was a Tool

A couple days ago, a post made by a woman going by the name of “Emauni Too’Famous”  started making the rounds on Facebook. The post was a response to Bill Cosby’s recent arrest for aggravated indecent assault. Given the fact that I had spent considerable time, energy, and emotional currency discussing this topic in both… Read More Let’s Stop Acting Like Bill Cosby Was a Threat, When He Really Was a Tool

Rioting, Darkness, & Who’s Responsible in the Fight for Justice

Recently, in light of the hotly debated conversations around police brutality and the effectiveness of rioting as a form of protest, I re-posted the following quote from a Mother Jones article on my personal Facebook page. It was from a speech Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. gave at the American Psychology Associations’ annual convention in… Read More Rioting, Darkness, & Who’s Responsible in the Fight for Justice

Natalie Gyte on One Billion Rising: Another Feminist FAIL

When many black feminists abandoned the term feminism for what they felt was the more culturally-appropriate womanism…I remained. While I fully understand and support my sisters who feel that the racism, classism, and general elitism of mainstream feminism indicates the need for a new and much more inclusive movement, I feel all the more responsible… Read More Natalie Gyte on One Billion Rising: Another Feminist FAIL