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Me and BET: No Shame Day 2012

My name is Neesha and I have No Shame. I am not ashamed to write that for the majority of my life, I didn’t like myself. Although I was not diagnosed until age 23, I’m confident that I have been clinically depressed for most of my life. I grew up being told that I wasn’t … Continue reading

I Was A Middle School Cafeteria Activist

I Was A Middle School Cafeteria Activist

As a middle schooler in the late 90s, I rarely noticed the injustices that littered the world around me. Total Request Live mattered. The rotation of Destiny Child’s members mattered. Political and social strife did not rank very high on my list of cares in the world. Not to say I did not recognize that … Continue reading

So, What Do You Do?

After a few minutes of conversing with a new person, one question in particular is bound to arise: “So, what do you do?” This question is universal, regardless of race or gender. At almost any social gathering, it essentially determines whether a conversation will be continued or halted. Answer it correctly, and a stranger could become your best friend … Continue reading

Trayvon Martin and White Privilege

Trayvon Martin and White Privilege

One morning, not too long ago, I woke up with white privilege on my mind. It was the morning after a gathering of mostly white people at a friend’s house during which racist comments had been uttered, and I felt quite unsettled as I tried to sleep on my friend’s couch through the night. One … Continue reading