• Jenna Graham in TV

    18 Best Quotes From Netflix's ‘Dear White People'

    18 Best Quotes From Netflix's ‘Dear White People'

    Looking back on the outrage over the release of Netflix's Dear White People is pretty amusing. So many were quick to judge a show they were completely unfamiliar with. Little did these people know that not only would the series call out issues of racism in the hands of white people, but addresses conflicts amongst […]
  • Jenna Graham on Love IRL

    I Want To Date A Nice Guy, Just Not Right Now

    I Want To Date A Nice Guy, Just Not Right Now

    I'm finally owning up to a seemingly nonsensical truth about myself: I'm a 25-year-old woman, and I still favor guys who don't prioritize me. I seem to always choose them over the nice guys who would better suit me in a relationship. But, these guys aren't exactly the typical “bad boy” characters you see in movies […]
  • Jenna Graham in Culture

    7 Little Things People Do Every Day That Are Actually Super Racist

    7 Little Things People Do Every Day That Are Actually Super Racist

    As a black woman, I am subjected to racism every single day. Most of these instances are subtle, and just to enjoy my day I knowingly let some of them slide. It's tiring having to fight every single racist remark or message I come across, especially when people don't even realize they're being racist. If […]
  • Jenna Graham on Women's History Month

    What People Don't Get About The ‘Angry Black Woman' Stereotype

    What People Don't Get About The ‘Angry Black Woman' Stereotype

    Loud, rude, inarticulate, aggressive. What would you do if you woke up every day knowing you're about to face a world that labels you these words at first glance? Would you: A, overcompensate in order to defy those stereotypes? B, get angry and risk proving them right? Or C, accept defeat just to save your […]
  • Jenna Graham on Women's History Month

    What You Need To Know About Colorism, As Told By A Light-Skinned Black Woman

    What You Need To Know About Colorism, As Told By A Light-Skinned Black Woman

    “What are you mixed with?” is something I'm asked regularly. It's the most common question I receive from a stranger, and it still manages to get deep under my skin. I raise my eyebrow and respond with a blunt, “I'm black,” only to be challenged with “black and what?” Sometimes I respond “just black,” and when I can't […]
  • Jenna Graham on Black History Matters

  • Jenna Graham on Black History Matters

    What Will It Take For Feminism To Be Completely Intersectional?

    What Will It Take For Feminism To Be Completely Intersectional?

    I never dared call myself a feminist until college. Before then, I always believed feminism was reserved for white women. The way I saw it, I had way too many other issues to be concerned about. And because these issues weren't addressed in the feminist movement, I disassociated myself entirely. Black or intersectional women, must constantly fight the […]
  • Jenna Graham on Black History Matters

    16 Memes That Prove You Need Black Twitter In Your Life

    16 Memes That Prove You Need Black Twitter In Your Life

    I want to tell you about a place I go to when I'm in need of a laugh or inspiration. It's place that keeps me in the know, and above all else, is like a fundamental home away from home. This place, my friends, is Black Twitter. It's the virtual black lunch table in a […]
  • Jenna Graham in Culture

    I'm Black And I Refuse To Change The Way I Speak In Front Of My White Friends

    I'm Black And I Refuse To Change The Way I Speak In Front Of My White Friends

    When I came up with the idea to write about code-switching, the first thing I did was Google “code-switching in the black community.” My search resulted in nearly each headline calling this a “skill,” and discussing the importance of learning this skill. The top three were my absolute favorite: Learning How to Code-Switch: Humbling, But Necessary […]
  • Jenna Graham in Culture

    What You Should Tell People Who Believe We Live In A ‘Post-Racial' America

    What You Should Tell People Who Believe We Live In A ‘Post-Racial' America

    A couple of weeks ago, my brother and I decided to check out the HBO documentary “A Class Divide.” While it was eye-opening, we couldn't ignore the feeling there was an underlying message. Throughout the film, one continuous point subtly seeped its way into the narrative: Such divide was not because of race. Instead, it was […]
  • Jenna Graham on Gun Control

    This Is The Problem With Using MLK Quotes To Silence #BlackLivesMatter

    This Is The Problem With Using MLK Quotes To Silence #BlackLivesMatter

    Martin Luther King's legacy has always been manipulated by education systems and the media to fit a narrative that makes non black people feel comfortable. We've been spoon fed this idea that no matter how abused we are, no how many of us are killed simply because of our skin, no matter how many times we […]