By

Ashlee Brown
For better or worse, today is Valentine’s Day. Every February 14, we get a mixed bag of reactions to this holiday that happens rain or shine, whether you’re celebrating love or lamenting a loss. But how did we get here? The history of Valentine’s Day is one with no real evidence to support it. Conflicting theories...
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I’ve been back in Jackson, Mississippi, for nearly six months, and if I had a dollar for every time someone’s asked me why I moved back with a face full of disgust, my light bill would be paid for the next month. And you know what? I don’t blame them. Our local social media feeds...
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  Carefree Black Girls. It’s the single most Black girl-empowering phrase of the decade. Don’t argue with me. Search the hashtag on Instagram and you’ll see roughly 75,000 beautiful Black women doing yoga, promoting their passion projects, on vacation, hanging with their gal pals and looking incredible while doing it. In light of Jemele Hill’s...
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I sometimes wonder how my girlfriends and I became so pro-black woman and sex-positive. I think back on my own upbringing and that of my closest girlfriends (the black experience isn’t a monolith, but there are some strong themes). At age 8, when my mother was pregnant with my younger sister, we had the chat...
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