In response to Throw Like a Girl: How Feminism Insults Real Women from Desiring God: I love words and exploring their meaning. This is why I have no problem with calling myself a feminist. Evangelical critical opinions about feminism are often overgeneralized and assumed to be anti-femininity. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Feminism is, … More Live Like Jesus: How Biblical Womanhood Insults the Imago Dei
My entire professional career has been in the movement to end domestic and sexual violence. I’ve moved around in this field starting as a peer educator in college to shelter advocate to state-level policy and education, and now at the national level working in development and communications. It’s so fitting that I get to communicate … More This Woman’s Mission: Mercy & Justice
I’ll cut straight to the point for this one – calling out white supremacist behavior, no matter how subtle, is nothing new in the feminist movement. From Sojourner Truth to bell hooks to Audre Lorde to just about every Black feminist (or womanist – respectfully) I’ve talked to in recent months. We have all had … More Dear Mainstream Feminism, Judas or Peter?
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and as a forever advocate for this issue, it’s only right that I officially kick off this month (and SAAM’s Day of Action) by providing statistics that will clue you in on why awareness through education, prevention and intervention is so critical. This is an issue that affects all … More The Importance of #SAAM
In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Poetry Month, it’s only right that I post this powerful poem from June Jordan. This is by far one of the most telling works of art that speaks about the struggle of racism and sexism. “Poem About My Rights” by June Jordan Even … More Happy #SAAM and National Poetry Month
“Stop the bickering and differences and just follow Jesus”. These are the words that an elderly man uttered to me during our brief conversation at the beach today – that is, after I turned down his offer to be his girlfriend because I’m “focusing on this”; I point to the book I’m reading, the one … More Storms of Religion
“We try to figure out some other cause than just plain evil. In our society, we don’t believe in human depravity; we like to think people are good.” -Dr. Carl Ellis Jr. (RAAN Pass the Mic, June 18, 2015) Choices. Earlier this week, several hours before the shooting occurred at Emanuel AME Church in South … More Injustice Part 2: Thoughts
I’m struggling with how I might begin to write this post and apologize up front if my delivery is a bit rusty. My thoughts are racing, and I’m trying desperately to keep it together and not cry even though I’m in the comfort of my own bedroom. There’s an alarming amount of frustration as I struggle … More Injustice Part 1: Feelings
I’m continuing to pray as I write this post. I don’t want to come off as a know-it-all or angry. However, the apathy in the Church and lack of knowledge must be addressed. Now, I’m a little biased, but this issue needs to be, radically, addressed in the Church, instead of passively. I mean, Jesus did flip … More What the Church Needs to Know About Domestic and Sexual Violence
Just a snippet from an amazing blog post I recently read. The author sums up my own thoughts in a very concise & articulate manner, so I figured there’s no point in adding on; just an “Amen” and enjoy the read. See the link below to read the entire article and check out Amy Buckley’s … More Christian. Feminist.
If anything should be placed on my tombstone when I die. This is it. Nothing makes my heart fuller than getting a chance to mix my faith, music and passion for ending domestic violence together in one setting. A few weeks ago, my job hosted a gala and silent auction to raise awareness about domestic and sexual … More Faith + Music + Social Justice
Please look up the word ‘satire’ before commenting on how offensive this was. In lieu of recent events, I believe I have found the solution to ending police brutality against underarmed Blacks, specifically men. This list of precautionary tips, while not helping to stop violence, can certainly help victims protect themselves from systematic racism. 1. … More Black Men Simply Need to Take Precaution