Romper

 

Black Families Know They Are Pandered To By Politicians | “Since politicians are, first and foremost, meant to be representatives who bring the voice and needs of the people to decision-making bodies at various levels of government, it’s necessary to know as much as possible about the recipients of your votes. A politician’s voting record, direct action, and policy are important factors to consider when choosing a presidential candidate to support or advocate for. And access to information about candidates is more readily available than ever before. For better or for worse.”

 

Showing Up For Black Maternal Health Means Seeing & Helping The People In Our Lives | “Black people of all genders are experiencing pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transformations and are disproportionately impacted by often fatal complications. Whether it’s bringing meals and laughs, offering a shoulder to cry on, gifting a doula, or reaching out to ask exactly what we need, it’s important to be an active part of the solution. Especially given the time it will take for change to come to the structural and institutional levels. As bell hooks said, “love is an action, never simply a feeling.”

 

Bell Hooks’ ‘Skin Again’ Creates Space For More Than One Identity | “It is certainly important to discuss the ways in which proximity to whiteness impact identity, or why Black people with lighter skin and more European features are afforded privileges not available to other Black people. It is also important, though, to bring nuances to conversations about melanin.”

 

Bustle

 

After ’Growing’, Why Isn’t There A Comedy Special About Black Motherhood? | “These specials — Growing, Baby Cobra, Mother Inferior — brought transparent and vivid narratives about labor, miscarriage, and the physical changes bodies go through during pregnancy to audiences with humor and levity. Schumer’s new special was called “one of the most honest depictions of pregnancy we’ve seen on TV” by Mother.ly, and Wong’s specials were called “the 30-Something Woman’s What To Expect’’ by HuffPost. But why isn’t there an equivalent, mainstream depiction of a Black pregnant person’s experience?”

 

Blood and Milk

 

The Runaway Libido | “Dissociation, to me, feels as if the barriers between my mind and the world outside of my body melt into my core and force my being into nothingness, into darkness. Then, as if I’m hovering above myself watching the scene called my life play before my eyes, my actions carry on like I’m a lifeless marionette. I’m beyond numb and under the influence of a puppet master who knows me better than I know myself. ”

 

A Philosophy of Care and Justice: Honoring the Many Labors of Full Spectrum Doulas | “Outside of birthing spaces, doulas can also offer support to people seeking abortions, coping with infant loss, transitioning to post-partum life, grieving, or who are nearing the end of their life. There is even a growing community of doulas who support trans people through their journeys.”

 

A Tough Pill to Swallow: The Racist History of Birth Control | “We can explore the liberatory properties of contraception while also examining the ways that power structures that are racist impact our relationship to it.”

 

Rethinking Reproductive Justice: Beyond Pregnancy| “When thinking about and considering solutions to problems regarding reproductive justice it is important to keep in mind the violent histories that birth legislation as well as the carefully-designed systems that seek to control our lives.”

 

Postponing the Gender Reveal: Raising A Theyby | “All any parent can do is try their best while hoping for the best and offering their children a healthy and safe environment to grow up.”

 

Emotional Labor Pains: The Evolution of My Birth Story | “For some reason, though, while trying to manage the pain of my labor and the suddenness of it all, I was losing my sense of self, my feelings of preparedness, my courage.”

 

BLK + GRN

 

An All-Natural Nighttime Routine | “When choosing a skincare routine, or figuring out what brands to use in the shower or bath, it’s important to consider multiple factors. From quality to production, ethics of the brand to the ingredients and formula, finding out if your skincare and body products are non-toxic requires a bit of attention to detail and research. Some brands are open and transparent about their ingredients and production while others leave the work up to the consumer.”

 

An Aromatherapeutic Home Makes Scents | “Whether you’re interested in fostering an environment of peace and calm or creating a space ready for meditative practices, aromatherapy can help you find the balance and sense of relaxation you need to do so.”

 

Journey Towards A Natural Nest | “While there are countless ways to transition to a toxic free lifestyle, and many places to start that transition, it’s important to consider evaluating the space you call home. From your bedroom to your kitchen, and all of the spaces in-between, there are opportunities to rid your space of chemicals and toxins you may not have known were lingering in the air and on your surfaces.”

 

The Establishment

 

Finding Community During Pregnancy As A Black Non-Binary Femme | “Our bodies alone, and their differences and histories, make pregnancy and childbirth a unique experience, but so do things like the food we have access to, the way we are perceived by others, the type of insurance we have (if we have insurance at all) whether or not we work, whether or not we have a partner or partners, implicit biases medical professionals have toward us based on our race—there is so much silenced and overlooked.”

 

The Spool

 

Zora Neale Hurston & The Visual Quotidian | “Both may have missed the mark, purposefully or otherwise, but they also craft an intelligible grammar of untruths, an ever-unfolding story of the search for truth that renders claims of truth an act of futility in the face of flux. Pollard cleverly incorporates Hurston’s myriad projects in a way that subtly draws attention to the supernatural thematics of her mixed media corpus. Cosmic Zora incorporates the elements of nature into her life and work effortlessly be it via nomenclature of projects or mantra. Whether jumping at The Sun or making claims on the moon, Hurston shows, by way of example, what an untragically colored life is like in both film and “real” life.”

 

AfroPunk

 

Birthing While Black: On Reclaiming Our Time, Maternal Health Disparities, and the Importance of Doulas | “Without fair and equal access to quality medical services, combined with the gutting of Medicaid and other funds that help to cover the costs of childbirth, women will continue to lack support during birthing.”

 

American Philosophical Association

 

A Serious Proposal to the Professors | “I’m not advocating for the silencing of the myriad important figures of the canon; I’m advocating for the amplification of voices that have historically been silenced. The future of Philosophy depends on incoming cohorts of undergraduate students passionate and driven enough to enter academia as an unstoppable force.”

 

Thought Catalog

 

10 Things to Do When You’re Alone That Can Change Your Life | “The most exciting thing about humans is the fact that due to about 100 billion neurons in each of our brains (combined with all of our unique phenomenological experiences as beings trying to cope with our confusing, and often upsetting, world) there are so many different strokes for different folks.”

 

White Face, Brown Past: How Living with Vitiligo Helped Me Come to Terms with Race | “Being qua being is a complicated enough existence sans the added pressures and stress that come with living in a racially torn culture that mutes, rather than crescendos, the voices of change, progress, and solidarity. ”