Janet Mock, Misogynoir, and How Your Silence Will Not Protect You

By Danielle Elizabeth Stevens As a young Black girl growing up in a poor, single-parent household in Long Beach CA, I watched day in and day out as my mother hustled around the clock to keep food on the table and a roof over our heads. Resilience and fatigue found home with my mama through…

4 Suggested Boundaries And Techniques While Writing About Trauma

By Luna Merbruja Dearly Beloved, If you are reading this article, it’s probably because you’re taking the time to start intentionally processing your trauma. I know the pathway to beginning a healing journey is often met with overwhelming confusion and too many starting points. Perhaps in your search for a starting place, you found this…

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…