From makeup and skincare products to statement tees and accessories, I’m confident that you’ll find more than a few items on this list to love. Also, almost everything is under $45.
The conversation of multi-dimensional black thought, and questions of isolation or not feeling “black enough”, is one that a lot black people are familiar with. It’s smart and nuanced. It’s also a conversation that fundamentally could not be filtered through a white lens. It could not exist on a television show that wasn’t like this.
Two Black lesbian friends, who were on their way to Dallas Pride, suffered stab wounds from a homophobic attack earlier this month and a Black lesbian couple were verbally assaulted on the train in New York.
Bergdorf was recently fired by L’Oreal over a Facebook post about white supremacy.
When I look at this list, I’m fortified knowing that increasingly we are not being asked to choose between our blackness and our queerness as the movement moves forward. We are no longer being asked to do the work, but keep our faces in the shadows.
From fiction to anthologies and histories to graphic novels, the last ten years have shown that telling our own stories is essential to building a community and garnering the strength to live an authentic life.
There’s just some songs that make you want to shout and dance and that make you feel proud to be queer.
“While Can I Be Me speculates that Houston was bisexual, no one seems willing to define her connection to Crawford as anything other than a solid friendship.”
These podcasts are for the chingonas, the jotxs, and the baddass Latinxs who need some audio magic in their lives.
“While there have been no arrests yet of the white supremacists who mercilessly beat a counter-protester in Charlottesville, there have already been at least three arrests for the removal of the Confederate monument in Durham, and two of them are queer activists of color.”
In AM/PM, Autostraddle team members share our morning and evening rituals; today find out what face Alexis makes first thing in the morning.
“This is one of the best portrayals of the Strong Black Woman Syndrome I’ve seen in a long time.”
Sometimes getting out of bed and onto the couch is the biggest thing you will achieve in day, and that is okay.
“Jessi showed me that it was cool to focus on my ambitions and to form deep relationships with other girls instead of being boy-obsessed.”
“I couldn’t afford to go home, but it was common knowledge among the many international students that, technically, one could remain in the country beyond the visa validity period as long as you were still enrolled in school. So I did.”
“Jane is the furthest from bisexual — maybe Gina’s a little closer than Jane is! — but I love that they want that. And I’m all about ‘Jetra.’I love ‘Jetra.'”
“Vibes. It’s all about the energy I share, the energy we share with one another. Whether in public or in private, in romance or otherwise. I think about the deepest times in my life and how I dealt with them through music with a bounce, catchy melodies and poetic sentiments.”
“Soft butches everywhere? I don’t know what your heaven looks like, but this is mine.”
I will not celebrate a country in which 11 of the 14 trans people of color murdered this year have been black women. I will not celebrate a country currently run by fascists and white supremacists. I will not eat your bland potato salad. I will not celebrate a country that does not celebrate me.
Hollywood’s reluctance to tell the stories of brown girls has always been rooted in — well, racism; but more precisely— the myth that white stories are neutral and, as such, are more relatable to the broader audience. Brown Girls disproves that myth, creating an imminently relatable coming-of-age story.