Dear White People, If I’m Being Honest

https://youtu.be/IR_T8jEP_E0 This video was inspired by the words of James Baldwin and the famous debate he participated in at Cambridge University in the 60’s.  In that debate, James Baldwin spoke of ‘the mill’ that people of color are exposed to from the time they are children through their adulthood.  As I listened to that part … Continue reading Dear White People, If I’m Being Honest

I’m Not Every Black Woman

Recently, I went on a first date. I hadn’t seen anyone in several months and it was summertime. All the cute couples were out and, I'll admit, I was curious about having some masculine companionship again. I was a bit nervous about dating in Denver. I’m a young, black woman and I’m interested in white … Continue reading I’m Not Every Black Woman

PSA: How To Avoid a Phở Fiasco

I know. It’s another piece about that Bon Appétit phở video. We just can’t get enough of that mess. And what a mess it was. If you’re tired of reading the dozens of thought articles this has spurned (as I am), I hope to provide a fresh perspective that might make the experience worth your … Continue reading PSA: How To Avoid a Phở Fiasco

Why Inclusiveness Efforts at Colleges Are Not Enough

No matter how many support systems the University of Denver has created for students of marginalized identities, the school has still effectively done nothing to solve the biggest reason for why those support systems are needed in the first place: its ignorant student body.

Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist

If you’ve spent any time on social media, I can bet that you might have come across a BuzzFeed piece or two. Originator of the iconic listicle, with over 200 million audience members worldwide, BuzzFeed continues to dominate media in the millennial era. I happen to know first-hand how pervasive this content is to my … Continue reading Why BuzzFeed’s “People Try Durian (The Smelliest Fruit in The World)” is Racist

RE: Angry White Girl Fetishizing Asian Men and Stereotyping Asian Women – That’s Racist.

A few weekends ago while doing my daily browsing through Tumblr, I stumbled across this particularly inflammatory, offensive, and all around racist, anti-Asian post written by a 20-year old white woman under the guise of a personal rant questioning why Asian men only date Asian women.

He Almost Lost His Life Over an Illegal Turn. The Reason is Sickening.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3P9-BjYxTu8 According to the Denver Post, a Denver Police Department administrative review in 2013 concluded that there was "insufficient evidence" to press charges against the officers who beat Alexander Landau. You take one look at the injuries Alex sustained (warning: graphic), and any sane person would ask him/herself, "In what world would three officers of the law need … Continue reading He Almost Lost His Life Over an Illegal Turn. The Reason is Sickening.

What It’s Like as a White Woman to Love a Black Man in America

Originally published on Bows, Bottles, and a Briefcase. I’ve worked on this post for a while now, and have hesitated to post it publicly. I’m not sure if I was fearful of the backlash from those who read it and disagree, or more concerned that my words may become misconstrued.  While I am solely speaking … Continue reading What It’s Like as a White Woman to Love a Black Man in America

The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvvlLdHS1FA One of the most detrimental myths to Asians and Asian-Americans is the model minority myth for a number of reasons - mental health definitely being one of those reasons. Mental health and the awareness of mental illnesses are not generally talked about in the Asian household - treated as shameful anomalies in the community. … Continue reading The Thing We Never Talk About In The #AAPI Community