The criticism toward her self-love says more about you than her

Closeup photo of Chloe Bailey.

We are part of a community that would rather hashtag Black women than affirm them. This sobering truth took up residence like a lump in my throat as I watched Chloe Bailey trend on social media for two days. After reaching 1 million followers on her personal Instagram account, she…

The organization has a long tradition of being politically active

A group of AKA members dance onstage at a Biden/Harris event.

If a picture is indeed worth a thousand words, the viral photo of Black women marching in unison to the polls spoke volumes. Lawrence Ross, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. …

It’s time to dispel the myth of the strong Black woman, for good

Amid the fifth month of a global pandemic, continued anti-Black violence around the world, and the gendered oppression Black women face, sisters’ common refrain remains “I’m okay.” Even if Black women are overwhelmed, there is the expectation they will endure it with the bravery and strength associated with Black womanhood…

During a public health crisis that compels us to stay indoors, these digital communal moments are opportunities to lean into joy

A photo of Toni Braxton.

I’ll never forget that epic night in Club Quarantine when DJ D-Nice’s Instagram Live stream reached 100,000 participants. Kevin Hart tried to buy out the bar, but his card kept getting declined. Gabrielle Union was in the middle of the dance floor with fans, who quickly became friends. It was…

Canceled parties, graduations, weddings, and book releases are realities many are facing. It’s okay to take time to process those losses.

AsAs we look to stop the spread of Covid-19, social distancing remains the best way to flatten the curve. As mayors and governors implement stricter stay-at-home orders, the effect of the coronavirus is totalizing. Most people have focused on the implications of social distancing on business and industry as fears…

What responsibilities do pastors owe to their congregants to keep them safe?

InIn a world that seeks to push Black people to the depths of despair, Sunday proves those forces do not win. Perhaps that is why the threat of the Covid-19/coronavirus pandemic presented a greater cause for concern. As it swept through the country, coronavirus posed risk to the one day…

The Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond is the first Black woman to lead the New York Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond laughs while sitting on a window ledge in her fifth floor Upper Manhattan office.

InIn her fifth floor Upper Manhattan office, Rev. Dr. LaKeesha Walrond has come a long way from the seventh grader sent to an alternative school for fighting. “Girl you’ve got a good fight in you,” recalls the first Black woman to lead New York Theological Seminary (NYTS) of her younger…

Black Philanthropy Month reminds us there’s more than one way to give back

AAccording to a recent study conducted by the Women’s Philanthropy Institute, Black women are redefining what it means to be philanthropists. “Women Give 2019,” the first study of its kind to explore the intersections of race, gender, and giving, found that women of color are engaging in more informal ways…

Candice Marie Benbow

Candice Marie Benbow is a theologian, essayist and creative who situates her work at the intersections of beauty, faith, feminism and culture.

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