“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 …

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 …

24-Hour Anxiety Attack: An Open Letter to American Airlines

Dear American Airlines, Thank you for treating my mental health issue as if it were an infectious disease.As embarrassed as I was to talk about it, I am grateful to have expressed one of my symptoms of anxiety, nausea and vomiting, to your very attentive and rude flight attendant. Thank you for calling the entire …