Living Beyond Survival: 11 Tips for Women of Color in Academia

By Karen B. Hanna *This piece was first published in Hyphen Magazine’s Fall 2015 Health Issue. Survival has not always been my primary mode of being. A middle-class upbringing, loving parents and an Ivy League degree made me believe I could succeed at anything. As an American citizen, I do not fear deportation. I am not…

Dear Black Women, Femmes, & Girls, A Love Letter For Us

By Danielle Stevens Dear Black Women, Femmes, and Girls, Who are neglected and ignored within public discourses around police violence and brutality; Who are told our stories do not fit into mainstream narratives of state-sanctioned anti black violence because it is ‘derailing’; Who are told our quota of acknowledgement has been reached because that one…

For Black Folks Who Still Need Healing When The Fireworks Aren’t Enough

By Danielle Stevens | Co-Founder of This Bridge Called Our Health They tell us celebrate independence today; that every July 4th we celebrate America, these “United” States. and we are supposed to forget everything that has happened,  we are supposed to forget we have never been free. Are we to pretend today? Pretend that the…

How To Be Tender With Your Grief While Holding Orlando In Your Heart

By Danielle Stevens | Co-Founder of This Bridge Called Our Health your grief is stardust. vast and kaleidoscopic elusive, and yet so familiar. personal and divine. a dark, stormy, tumultuous and breathtaking rebirth an emergence a melancholy ending and always a new beginning. As a Black queer woman living in the US, I am consistently…

Cruzando: My Road to Healing

By Sandibel Borges 1999. Leaving Hidalgo, Mexico by car on a journey to the state of Washington with my family. It feels like the longest trip of my life. The scenery keeps changing as we get further north. The trees look different. The colors, the smell, the freeways and roads… everything is changing. I don’t…

Self-Preservation as Self-Care: How to Set Healthy Boundaries

By Nneka Okona *Republished from For Harriet on September 16th, 2015* Zora Neale Hurston, the foremother of Black women’s literature, so eloquently penned that Black women were “de mule uh de world” and even many, many years later, we can see how this statement still rings true. Black women are seen as the pillars of strength in…

“Fall for Someone Else, but Catch Yourself”, By Megan Duenas

The biggest indication that provides insight on the way things were is through writing. The writing that is as potent in the veins as the heartache felt after a breakup. Or the pain felt when your parents tell you you were the one who broke the family apart because of your relationship with an older girl….

“She Would Never Commit Suicide”: Editor’s Note About the Ableist Discussions around Sandra Bland

By Danielle Stevens, This Bridge Called Our Health Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief I think some of the discourse emerging from these ‪#‎IfIDieInPoliceCustody‬ &‪#‎WhatHappenedToSandraBland‬ conversations are dangerously limited. Folks are saying “Sandra Bland was mentally sound” and “Black women like her would never commit suicide”, etc. Not only are we upholding precarious and dehumanizing ‘strong black woman’…

“And Let Your Dreams Save You”, By Charmaine Lang

Four years ago, I moved from Los Angeles, California to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to pursue doctoral studies. It was a shock. It was cold way too many months out of the year, and highly segregated when it came to where people lived, worked and socialized. Living daily in a city that is constantly assaulted by police…

“Giving Up My Second Virginity”, By Venus-Thomas Hinyard

Up until I was 23 years old, there were bottled awkward emotions about my sexuality. I felt alone, cornered in a small space, trapped by images and practices of how sex should be “performed”. It was obvious I was positioned in the roles of outsider and weirdo, just like middle school. The strangeness compounded when…