The late actress was relegated to roles as the fat and funny sidekick, but she could’ve been so much more

Natalie Desselle wearing a black dress at a movie premiere.

Robert Townsend’s 1997 film, B.A.P.S., is one of the most beloved films in the canon of Black comedies for good reason: It follows Nisi (Halle Berry) and Mickey (Natalie Desselle), two waitresses working in a Georgia restaurant who spend their entire life savings to travel to California and land Nisi…

Our tumors are usually larger and we’re more likely to be hospitalized. This is a crisis.

II was lying in a white-sheeted hotel bed in Chicago when I realized my fibroids had returned. It had been nearly three years since I’d first experienced these symptoms, but they were unmistakable: an incredibly heavy menstrual cycle that had lasted longer than seven days? Check. Passing clots of blood…

Evette Dionne

Journalist. Critic. Editor-in-chief of Bitch Media. National Book Award-nominated author. Always reading and learning.

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