The Consistent Man In My Life

June 16th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

The Consistent Man In My Life

Another train ride post… It’s 3:24am and I just boarded a local 2 train to Brooklyn from Harlem. This is sooo not like me! But I guess in addition to writing for 30 days I am also trying to step outside my comfort zone. But… as much as I want to just gush about my […]

Breaking News: Major Vick is my brother!

June 10th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Breaking News: Major Vick is my brother!

Today I discovered that my little brother, who apparently goes by the name Major Vick, has a youtube channel! Ok. He may have mentioned it to me before, but the conversation went something like this: Major Vick: Vera. Can you help me put videos on youtube? Me: Sure! Come over and we can talk about […]

Raising girls without social baggage: Possible?

June 9th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Raising girls without social baggage: Possible?

I am officially obsessed by the concept of raising a girl! (Read any of my blogs and you’d know I don’t mean one of my own… but your little girl… I’d be there for her.) My obsession is more than just a mentor/mentee arrangement, as those usually happen during teen years, when the baggage from […]

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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