Nathan’s vulnerability — and Issa’s willingness to listen — is an important step to ending the stigma

As the season finale of Insecure looms, the HBO show continues to tackle issues of love, loss, and heart head-on. In last week’s episode, “Lowkey Trying,” viewers saw Issa and her ex-partner Lawrence finally back together and looking incredibly happy. …

Let’s talk about girls of color and the virginity police

A photo of T.I. onstage pointing with his left arm into the crowd.

On the Ladies Like Us podcast, Atlanta-based rapper T.I. confessed that every year, he attends his 18-year-old daughter Deyjah’s gynecology appointments, requests a “virginity test” to see if her hymen is broken, and then seemingly coerces her into signing paperwork allowing the “results” to be shared with him.

The hymen…

The omission of women of color as love interests in the new Amazon series is more than an oversight

The Amazon Prime series Modern Love (based on the popular eponymous New York Times column) was released on October 17. White women gushed on social media, saying the show made them cry, and that these depictions of love were so moving, so beautifully human, so modern.

After watching the show…

The time for change is right now

I’m heartbroken. The Amazon Rainforest — an ancient source of life for the planet — is going up in flames. On Monday Aug. 19, the residents of Brazil’s largest city, São Paulo, were frightened by plumes of dark smoke from wildfires in the rainforest. This smoke lasted for more than…

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