Active Voice

The 23-year-old is running for the New York City Council in Brooklyn after leading an activist collective protesting anti-Black racism

Chi Ossé describes his relationship with activism and advocacy as an awakening — one that transpired last summer after the murder of George Floyd led him and his friends to protest on the streets of New York City. The 23-year-old activist became so inspired by the collective demonstrations that he and his peers attended marches and vigils almost daily. Realizing that people were listening to his voice and following his lead, Ossé organized Warriors in the Garden, a collective of activists dedicated to nonviolent protest. The collective’s efforts spread far beyond marching, with clothing drives, business fairs, and voter registration…


Active Voice

The full-time Harvard student, founder, and published author had to learn things the hard way while working to uproot the taboos around women discussing their periods

Nadya Okamoto has no problem talking about her period. Growing up in a household with a single mom and two sisters kept the floor open for all things menstruation. At age 16, during morning commutes to school, she would chat with homeless women who first introduced her to period poverty, a global issue affecting women and girls who don’t have access to sanitary products.

After researching the crisis more, Okamoto realized she had yet to hear about the issue because of the stigma surrounding menstrual cycles. It’s not widely known that 40 U.S. states tax tampon sales. Recognizing her privilege…


Active Voice

The 26-year-old activist is reimagining new social and political norms

At the time of Trayvon Martin’s murder in 2012, Brea Baker was only 17. The now 26-year-old racial and gender justice activist recalls the tragedy being a defining moment in how social media served as a catalyst for activism in the United States. Black Lives Matter proliferated on Twitter and the overall digital space, playing a key role in Baker’s coming-of-age. Though she initially pursued a degree in physics while attending Yale, Baker’s growing involvement in activism pushed her to switch her major to political science. …


Active Voice

The 29-year-old founder of Ethel’s Club had to make a hard pivot last year, but she knew it was important to stick to her vision

Naj Austin knows exactly what she wants and has no problem making it happen. Her high school classmates always knew this. “She’s a dog with a bone,” says a description in Austin’s high school yearbook. “She doesn’t let anything go. When she finds something she believes in, it’s a never-ending journey.”

Now 29, Austin feels she hasn’t changed at all. In November 2019, she launched Ethel’s Club, a social group and safe space invented for people of color, after becoming fed up with the lack of options for people like her to flourish and thrive in a welcoming environment. She…


Excelling in the job isn’t enough. Our bosses expect us to be perky and socialize after hours to be a ‘team player.’ Can we just live?

If anyone knows what it feels like to be on the receiving end of gaslighting, it is Black women. Oftentimes our complaints are dismissed as being unreasonable and our experiences are treated as fiction. But on Twitter, where Black women are free to vent and express themselves and can easily connect with one another, what are considered niche stories by some are validated as common realities among our collective.

On January 13, I tweeted about being penalized for not engaging in non-work related conversations at a past media job. Inspired by a post stating that “Black women are not allowed…


Between the Black female activists in Georgia and Kamala Harris’ vice presidency, we are in good hands

It comes as no surprise that the demographic of women who are most likely to die from pregnancy-related complications, see their sons disproportionately incarcerated, and represent 22% of American women in poverty are the backbone of American democracy. Across history, Black women, who face compounded hardship based both on their race and gender, have used their frustration as motivation to work toward a fair society for themselves — and for everyone else.

When Kamala Harris was elected to the vice presidency alongside Joe Biden, history was made. Never before had a Black person, a person of South Asian descent, or…


An interview with 77-year-old Howardena Pindell about her new exhibition ‘Rope/Fire/Water’

A portrait of Howardena Pindell in front of a colorful art piece.

As a child, while visiting a friend whose mother was cooking meat for dinner, Howardena Pindell came across a recent issue of Life magazine. Inside the issue, a large photo of a Black man lying face-up on a log, set on fire, caught her eye. She took deeper notice of the White men surrounding the burning body, and their self-congratulatory smiles. The scent of cooked meat coming from the kitchen, coupled with the horrifying image, led Pindell to do without meat for a year due to instant feelings of fatigue and lethargy. In the early 1970s, as a founder at…


Back to the Future

The sketch comedy series with a diverse cast pioneered funny television for both children and adults

All That cast and logo on a Windows 95 desktop with a rainbow gradient background.

This story is a part of our Back to the Future series on how key moments in the year 2000 influenced similar events in 2020.

The year 2000 wrapped up an iconic moment in television history — the season finale of the original All That series. After six seasons of authentic improv, hilarious sketch comedy acts, and outright feel-good TV for children, the show was put on hiatus to be relaunched with a completely new cast. Leading up to the abbreviated sixth season was the show’s 100th episode, which was filmed live for the first time in the series’ history…


From Instagram Stories featuring unmasked boat parties to grids with black boxes — but no action — Black Americans are developing a clear understanding of who their friends are

A week after George Floyd’s death, I took it upon myself to call out my closest White friends who had yet to say anything publicly about the tragedy. By this time in late May, my favorite French band Ofenbach had posted a GoFundMe link for the Floyd family, and Timothée Chalamet was spotted at protests in California. While I’m not impressed by White people deciding to take action in the fight for social justice, I was disturbed by my White friends doing little to nothing, especially since celebrities who never displayed their views before started to showcase them so openly.


There are several pieces floating around the internet detailing the clever ways singles have adapted to dating while practicing social distancing. There’s the story about the guy who flew a drone to his neighbor’s rooftop to exchange phone numbers and then there are data pieces revealing a spike in dating app usage. I even covered a group of singles who are finding creative ways to use FaceTime to go on virtual first dates.

It comes as no surprise that singles are flocking to dating apps and other platforms to chat with other singles; social distancing is an undeniably lonely practice…

Brianna Holt

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