Dear White People, If I’m Being Honest 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

Why Dating a Black Man Can Be Difficult

As a black man living in America, I believe I can speak for many others like myself when I say that some of us aren’t great at dating or relationships. Many of us grow into adulthood with a lot of baggage from our youth. Unfortunately, many of us are not equipped with the proper tools … Continue reading Why Dating a Black Man Can Be Difficult

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

For Those Who Didn’t Get Into 8 Ivy League Schools

Acceptance letter season is once again upon us. This means that, inevitably, countless stories will be shared on our timelines and through news outlets that highlight the exceptionally gifted students who have overcome insurmountable barriers to be accepted into highly competitive, top-ranked schools across the nation. It is important that we share the success stories of … Continue reading For Those Who Didn’t Get Into 8 Ivy League Schools

The Cultural Kinking of Halloween

This story was shared by a Project Ava Storyteller. Learn more about the Storyteller Program.   Halloween is a great holiday. It is a night of fear and fright and debauchery. It is a night of too much candy and too many screams over fake bones, fake blood, and fake spiders. It’s meant for gentle fun. … Continue reading The Cultural Kinking of Halloween


A piece originally published on Medium republished on Project Ava with permission from our Storyteller, Duane Burge. “Hit him!” The one phrase I remember from my childhood career as a peewee tight end on the little league football team. There I was, 7 p.m. on the football field standing at the scrimmage line waiting for the third … Continue reading #SupportFeminineBoys

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.