Rape Culture 101: Discredit the Victim

By definition rape culture is a setting in which rape is pervasive and normalized due to societal attitudes about gender and sexuality.  Rape culture wants us to believe the untruths, the myths of rape.  It tells us if you’re unattractive you’re “unrapeable.”  Think back to Damon Wayans’ comment when he appeared on Power 105’s The […]

Meet Essence, She Has That Black Girl Magic

  I met Essence Mahkato on a cold January afternoon at the local café where she works as a barista, or according to her Facebook page a “caffeine dealer.”  As she approached the table where her interview would be conducted, I couldn’t help but notice everything about her.  Her natural beauty requires no validation, but […]