Black Youth: Incarceration in Louisiana

Black Youth: Incarceration in Louisiana By: Lakischa Smith In Louisiana, children as young as 10 years-old are being detained in adult prisons. A new report reveals that Louisiana is putting more kids behind bars than any other state, many for offenses like truancy and running away from home. According to...

Hair- A Brief Reflection

Hair – A Brief Reflection When I was in middle school, I decided I no longer wanted my mother to press my hair.  All of those memorable afternoons, with the windows open, the hot comb on the stovetop, and a sharp, sometimes stern reminder to “sit still, hold my ear,...

In Awe of our Black Moms

I remember waking up to the sound of a rooster every morning when my mom and I lived with my grandparents.  We would walk out of the room to greet them as they enjoyed their cups of coffee.  I didn’t understand what they were saying because their morning discussions were...

Why I Don’t Want to Raise a Strong Black Woman

I love being Black. I appreciate the expression, creativity, and resiliency that molds the Black experience. I love being a woman. My body, my curves, my features, make me feel confident in who I am. When you marry the two, a distinct set of expectations are construed. Recently there has...