What Steven Universe can Teach us about Queerness, Gender Identity, and Feminism

  By: Patricia Martin Steven Universe has changed my life. OK, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but I’m confident in saying that if I had this show growing up, it definitely would have. Yes, it’s a cartoon created for kids, but it has a lot more heart than a lot of children’s shows, all while...

Kayona Gives DC A Leading Role In A New Series

Washington, DC-based multi-hyphenate artist, Kayona Ebony Brown, is building off the success of her award-winning short film, Of Music and Men, with the release of the novella series on April 13th. The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Washington City Paper all say that Washington, DC is the gayest place in America because...

The Extroverted-Introvert Explained

By Tiffany Desiree Within the past few years, "introversion" is one of the most popular words to grace the internet. To some, it's a fad, but to others, it's our lifestyle. So much so, the thought of talking to someone for hours, seconds or even minutes about coffee, Kim Kardashian or recent brands is uninspiring....

Am I Okay? A Conversation on Self-Love With Psychologist Mea Boykins

On March 8, millions of women worldwide celebrated International Women's Day.The holiday, which originated in 1908, was created to celebrate the accomplishments of women around the globe and bring attention to issues of gender inequality. While women have made significant strides since 1908, the fight for equal pay and opportunity continues on, especially for women...

5 By 5: VALENTINE’S DAY & ANTI-VALENTINE’S DAY ANIME

By D.Y.   Leading up to Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to catch up on romance anime for those in love or seeking love. On the other hand there’s also anime out there for those of you NOT interested in love. Regardless of which side you’re on there’s viewing options for both those in favor...

Fences Is God’s Gift To Dramatic Cinema

  It's been a long time since I've witnessed a compelling and thought-provoking drama that shook me to my core.  After my viewing of the film Fences, an adaptation of the prolific August Wilson play; I left the theater experiencing a whirlwind of emotions.  I felt feelings of joy, laughter, pain, anger, and sadness.  I...

The Internet Goes Wild For #ShadyMariah, and We’re Here For It

  Republished from Just Add Color  Hernan "Shades" Alvarez and City Councilwoman Mariah Dillard. On paper, these two people shouldn't even be in the same stratosphere of influence. But in reality, these two go together like peanut butter and chocolate. Perhaps you've seen the internet become beside themselves with this new power couple, otherwise known as...

Black and Abroad

By Ashley Dawson Dear Random Tinder Men, I am not your caramel, chocolate, Godiva, Hershey's bar. I am an independent, ambitious and highly entertaining woman that should not be strictly defined by the color of her skin. My catalogs of screen-shotted messages from Tinder are miles long, however, mine always gravitates towards my ethnicity. It’s almost...

What Disney’s Lack of a Black Disney Prince Reveals about America’s View of Black Masculinity

  Originally published on Just Add Color We've got Aladdin. We've got Kokoum. We've got Shang. We've got Kuzco. We've got Naveen. We've got Maui, who is technically a demigod. But where's the animated black Disney prince? Inquiring minds want to know, but inquiring minds also want to understand why the majesty of the black man has...

The Crown Excels in Excess—and also a Great Story

    Aside from the reported $100 million dollar budget and scenes of extravagance, The Crown succeeds in great storytelling to match its stunning visual appeal. Here, we get to see (and know) and unknowable queen. That queen is Queen Elizabeth II, a queen who (like her father) was not raised with the knowledge that she...
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