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. […]

Tips for getting my skin back on point!

June 14th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, My Two Cents

Tips for getting my skin back on point!

Have you heard about my skin issues? (Read all about them here: Part 1 & Part 2.) Well, up until this point I’ve just been focused on getting an accurate diagnosis and treatment… and not trying to think about the scars left by the white-pimple-looking-outbreaks that have healed. But now that I’m on the road […]

Figuring out the skin I’m in (Part 2)

June 7th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Figuring out the skin I’m in (Part 2)

Ok. Let me warn you: This subject is very confusing! While researching all the terms, medication, and diagnosis that have been thrown my way, I’ve changed my mind about writing this twice. But my hope is this will reach the next person who googles their skin condition, and maybe they wont feel so alone. —– […]

Figuring out the skin I’m in (Part 1)

June 4th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Figuring out the skin I'm in (Part 1)

Earlier this year, in the midst of producing a story on my path to U.S. citizenship, I began getting what looked like pimples on my chest. Uninsured and super busy, I ignored them, hoping that like pimples, they would simply go away. But they spread, and soon I had “pimples” on my chest, stomach, and […]

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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