An Interview with Shauntrice Martin, founder of Black Market KY

At one point the mention of Louisville, Kentucky probably conjured an image of horses and garlands of roses.

As of last year, you probably think of Breonna Taylor first.

And you should.

My earliest understandings of police violence were rooted here at home — the murder of James Taylor in 2002, Michael Newby in 2004. What happened to Breonna is not new, nor is the violence that took her life the only kind of racist violence that plagues this city.

The largest city in Kentucky is also among the most…

The consequences of several generations of bad chompers

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The women in my family have broken teeth.

My grandmother had a story she wouldn’t tell me about hers, and eventually her dentures buried the truth. My mother, twelve, fell while climbing the counter to put away dishes. She landed on a toaster. My own front teeth went the way of the horse: when I was ten I marched into our pasture and tried to saddle a pony that had been starved mean by its previous owner. I had convinced myself that he would reward my kindness and my oats with his loyalty. He let me get fifty yards before…

WOMEN FOLX FRIDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women, femmes, and non-binary folks of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Aisha Mirza, Writer

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

I’m writing about mental health and queer love outside of whiteness and interpersonal violence and nightclubs and body hair and it’s important because it’s honest and I think being honest is always important if you can manage it.

2. What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in pursuing the work that’s important to you?

I have approximately three original ideas a year…

WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Tiffany Gholar, Artist, Writer, and Interior Designer; Chicago

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

I am an artist, interior designer, and writer. As an artist, I focus mainly on abstract painting. I like to create work with a lot of texture. My paintings are more like wall sculptures. I use recycled packaging materials like corrugated cardboard, foam sheets, and kraft paper to make textured…

WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Shanon Lee, Survivor Activist & Storyteller, Washington, D.C.

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

I spread awareness about issues I care about and amplify the voices of women. In 2014, I shared my story of experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault — not realizing how much it would resonate with others. Writing about overcoming marital rape led me to work in film and TV…

WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Chanel Jaali, Photographer and Small Business Owner

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

I am the creator of Glow Photo Series, a traveling photo project aimed to highlight the beauty of Black and Brown women. I ask women of all hair textures, body types, abilities, and complexions to pose in a predetermined color in an attempt to shift the perspective of what the…

You hear a lot about the joy, but not so much about the triggers

Author at 37 weeks

When I was a child I attached myself to an older girl who, for a brief time, called herself a witch. She might have been claiming to be W­iccan at some point, but mostly she had watched Teen Witch and found something there worth making her own. I didn’t see the movie until years later, but I learned the gist of it from her: there were powers within us, she instructed me as she used my mother’s gingerbread-scented candles to form a pentagram on my bedroom floor, and all we had to do was unlock them. Our bodies were vessels…

WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Deina Diaz, Blogger and Group Facilitator, North Carolina

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

I graduated from NCSU with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 2014. About a year later I was talking to my mentor about my desire to create content for women about sex education and about how to build healthy relationships. My mentor, Dr. Rupert Nacoste, is a psychology professor at NCSU…

WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Nic Stone, New York Times Bestselling Author

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

Hiiiii! Lol, answering this question feels mad self-congratulatory, but my goal with all of my work is to provoke critical thinking about… well, about things people don’t often think very critically about in our ultra-light speed, gotta-have-it-and-do-it-and-say-it-NOW culture. My first novel was about American race relations. The second one is…

WOMEN OF WEDNESDAY is a micro-interview series featuring women of color in various industries and walks of life, focused on highlighting their pursuits and making it easy for readers to support their endeavors. If you would like to be featured, please submit your answers to the below five questions here.

Monica Phromsavanh, CEO of ModaBox

1. Tell us about the work you’re doing and why it’s important.

Growing up in a refugee camp, I never imagined a life outside: I didn’t know any better. My parents escaped the chaos and violence of the Secret War and resettled in Argentina. Living in a Laotian community in Argentina, work was almost impossible for my parents to find, as they…

Olivia A. Cole

Storyteller. www.oliviaacole.com

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