“Man Up, Don’t Cry”: Hypermasculinity and Its Pervasive Affect on Black Men

When we talk about gender equality or gender oppression, generally we think of the female experience and rarely do we address nor consider the male experience. When we think of hypermasculinity and the patriarchal narrative that exists in our society, we don't think that it could negatively affect the men that are subject to it …

New Year, New You? + 2016 in Review

Happy New Year! It's "snowing" somewhere in North Carolina right now, so I have decided to welcome the new year with a celebratory blog post. So, kick off your shoes, grab some tea or hot chocolate and enjoy! So, just about every New Year we hear ourselves repeating the "New Year, New Me" mantra and making many, …

Under Pressure: Racial Bias in America

Racism exists. It lives and breathes in the bodies of persons offering me forced smiles and synthetic checkout line conversation. It reveals itself in comment sections on news threads and social media sites. It is surviving through inherited hate, infiltrated political systems, and manufactured generalizations of what might be a person of color. I am not violent. I do …