Columns | Arts & Culture | Superhero Girlfriends Anonymous
Black Women in Fantasy Saved Me Where Academia Failed

What I needed was a lifeline—a project that would make this whole thing feel worthwhile. Monica Lynne led me to that answer.

Jun 16, 2022
Columns | Arts & Culture | Superhero Girlfriends Anonymous
What ‘Fast & Furious’ Can Teach Us About Women Who Reclaim Their Power

Letty Ortiz reflects back the best of our hero’s characteristics with fewer of the hang-ups.

Apr 7, 2022
Columns | Arts & Culture | Superhero Girlfriends Anonymous
Zendaya is Not Your Mama’s Mary Jane

The Black leading ladies of superhero media haven’t always gotten the best deals. But like much of the comic book–inspired world, one change could shape the mythos for decades to come.

Dec 16, 2021
Columns | Arts & Culture | Superhero Girlfriends Anonymous
Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Unraveling the Myth of the Black Supermom

Nora and Iris West-Allen’s fraught relationship proves that even we daughters often expect superheroics from our very human Black mothers.

Nov 4, 2021
Don’t Write Alone | Writing Life
Bullet Journaling to Save a Life

After being diagnosed with bipolar II, I resolved that a soft-cover turquoise journal and a set of brush pens would guide me back to myself.

Aug 9, 2021
Don’t Write Alone | Interviews
How Eve L. Ewing Makes Her Stories Fly

“I’m passionate about advocating for young people to engage with literature, with art-making, with storytelling, because those are opportunities I had at a very young age.”

May 19, 2021
Arts & Culture | Rekindle
How I Became a Scholar of Black Girl Fantasy

These stories had deep histories, centered Black women, and belonged to us. We only had to be brave enough to claim them.

Apr 19, 2021
People | Arts & Culture | Television
How Legend of Korra Gave a Big Black Girl Permission to Be Broken

Though she lives, some part of Korra—the flame throwing hothead, insistent on taking up space—does not survive.

Oct 8, 2020
People | Places | Coming of Age
How a Black Girl Learned To Fly

As the plane began to taxi, the first line of the comic Riri Williams: Ironheart #1 danced in my mind: “I was never meant to fly.”

Feb 24, 2020