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Breaking Up with Street Harassment

May 2nd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Breaking Up with Street Harassment

Originally written for EBONY.com  Fifteen-year-old Veralyn would have chuckled at the idea of one day organizing to stop street harassment. I vividly remember the moment I realized my breasts were something to be desired. It was the first day of 7th grade, and I was walking to my school, which was up the block from my […]

Undocumented and Employed: My Teenage Years

February 28th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Undocumented and Employed: My Teenage Years

Like many high school overachievers, I was such a planner. During my senior year at Dewitt Clinton High School most of my “plans” required a bit of cash flow. There was spirit-week, when every day had a dress code theme like “pajama day” or “twin day,” and I had to buy all new outfits for […]

Choosing to Breathing

February 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Choosing to Breathing

I always knew, I wanted to be doing, exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve always been stubborn or as my parents always put it, “fussy,” that way. In elementary school I wanted to be a singer, more specifically I wanted to be Brandy. At 11 years old I remember sitting on my parents bed […]

Just found out I have “obesity”

June 25th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Just found out I have "obesity"

Have you heard? Obesity (aka: having too much body fat) is now being classified as a disease, by the American Medical Association. Now, I’ve read the arguments for this decision: they want “policy makers and insurers to take this epidemic seriously”, and to get health care providers to “promote access to prevention, treatment and comprehensive coverage determinations.”  – Ok. Yes. Both […]

Top 10 Unsent Posts (part 2)

June 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Top 10 Unsent Posts (part 2)

I once again feel all over the place mentally… so I thought I’d do another “10 Facebook updates… unsent,” as the first one was also so much fun! 1. Nelson Mandela’s health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition. I actually did just (finally) post about this, but I’ve been avoiding this story like the plague all day. That selfish […]

My “say something!” moment at Planned Parenthood

June 23rd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

My "say something!" moment at Planned Parenthood

It’s official… I am fertile again. On Wednesday I headed to Planned Parenthood (PP) with one goal… To get my IUD removed. [Read why here. It had nothing to do with a lack of birth control love.] Before my actual appointment though, I had a financial appointment. Now that I’m “the-new-face-of-poor” I wanted to see […]

Why am I doing this again? 5 reasons to keep writing

June 22nd, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Why am I doing this again? 5 reasons to keep writing

So I missed a day. The goal was 30 Blogs in 30 days, but I missed yesterday. Not that I didn’t write (in fact I’m in the middle of two different essays), but after getting home at 3am and rising early for a jam-packed day… I did have a “why am I doing this again?” moment. Instead […]

Removing my IUD

June 19th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Removing my IUD

I’ve decided to remove my IUD. (Wow. It was hard for me to even write that. How the hell am I going to go through with this?) As I was saying… I’ve decided to remove my IUD. Well actually get it removed. (You should never try and remove an IUD yourself!) And today is D-day. […]

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    My new essay explores how Beyonce’s feminist stance in pop culture helped frame my own feminist awakening:

    “I am in my 30s and was emboldened by Beyonce’s feminist stance on that stage, and can’t help but believe that that image will be equally as powerful to young people who witness that moment, whose first engagement with feminism will be that moment. Maybe, just maybe, Beyonce will serve as the bridgebetween pop culture and feminists like bell and Barbara and Audre, maybe some young woman bobbing her head to ‘Blow’ or ‘Partition’ or ‘Flawless’ will do so while reading Ain’t I A Woman? or Homegirls or Sister Outsider.”

    —FROM my new essay: My Feminist Awakening & the Influence of Beyonce’s Pop Culture Declaration