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Genre fiction is all about knowing what has been written in the canon previously, what current trends are, what audiences are excited about, and what hasn’t yet been done.

Why Diverse Genre Fiction Is Important, And How To Get It Right

Diverse genre fiction shares a lot in common with diverse literature, in that a lot of the challenges are the same. We still have to ask a lot of Read...
Alaina Leary    |   08.17.17   |   SHARE
Let’s stop asking if things are acceptable, and instead, simply accept them.

I'm Tired Of Having To Justify My Interracial Marriage 

No matter what color or creed you are, it’s obvious that tolerance is a journey that the entire human race is embarking on right now as we speak. Let Read...
Su-Jit Lin    |   06.30.17   |   SHARE

Black CannaParents: Teaching Children Balance In An Environment Of Extremes

We’re living in a time where parents must do the impossible dance of humanizing the world to their children, while at the same time shielding them Read...
Jasmine Burnett    |   04.17.17   |   SHARE
"The only realistic way for me to deal with the contradiction between thick thighs that suggest mental wellness and the perpetual self doubt that offers an attenuate implosion is to welcome the contradiction with open arms."

"Black Women Don't Get Depressed."

I wanted to look as white and non-threatening as possible because the invisibility of my disability in conjunction with the vulnerability of being a Read...
Africa Jackson    |   03.20.17   |   SHARE
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How Can I Be Black If My Skin Is Red? Navigating Race With Ichthyosis

I used to ask the kids at school whether I would be white or black or brown if I didn't have red skin. Read...
Carly Findlay    |   03.20.17   |   SHARE
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Can Leaving Me Out Of "Girls" Be A Good Thing? 

Over the years, Girls has been both praised and skewered for its niche portrayal of urban twenty-something life. I binged all the episodes last week Read...
Sherry Yang    |   03.6.17   |   SHARE
Culture
"My particular brand of existence means allowing belief and non-belief to coexist peacefully alongside one another, just as Shintoism and Buddhism do in Japan — just as I must with my past."

Voodoo and Televangelism: A Black Woman's Journey To Atheism

I was probably the most religious kid you ever met. I genuinely believed in God, the way that most kids believe in Sunday morning cartoons and Read...
Jennifer Neal    |   02.21.17   |   SHARE
Long Reads
Every child deserves to know they can be a hero no matter what they look like, because they can be.

On The Importance Of Representation

Representation is one of those persistent issues that will always be argued about. However for people of color, queer people, and those who live Read...
Matt Joseph Diaz    |   12.1.16   |   SHARE
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