BIO

Shannon Luders-Manuel is a freelance writer and editor living in Los Angeles. Her articles and essays have appeared online in such publications as the New​ York TimesEssence.com, and JSTOR Daily, and she is the author of Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide: Educators' Guide. Shannon is an academic / creative hybrid who loves living in between the lines. Find her on Instagram or Twitter

Shannon Luders-Manuel's Articles

The agony and inconvenience of a monthly cycle isn’t even necessary.

Why I’m Giving Up Periods For Good

I entered society’s version of womanhood rather late in life. I was almost 14 and a freshman in... Read...
Shannon Luders-Manuel    |   05.16.17 12am   |   SHARE
Despite our skin tones, our realities weren’t that disparate.

My White Childhood Best Friend Was Forbidden to See Me — Until She Found Me 29 Years Later

When her parents picked her up the next day, their eyes bored into ours with disgust. Not only was I black, but my otherwise white cousins were one-quarter Japanese. In my last memory of Brandy, she... Read...
Shannon Luders-Manuel    |   04.14.17 12am   |   SHARE
“Just feel it,” my friend said. “Take it as your father speaking to you, telling you how much he loves you.” (Image via YouTube)

"This Is Us" Mirrors Watching My Absent Black Father Die of Cancer

When This Is Us debuted, I was all in. What I didn’t expect is that it would touch my heartstrings in a way I hadn’t prepared for.
Shannon Luders-Manuel    |   03.30.17 12am   |   SHARE