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lupita n’yongo as dionne.

Glad to see my favorite movie is aging well.

The only thing that didn’t was Stacey Dash. Funnily enough, I have a quotation about Cher’s debate class speech about immigration painted in my own room. I’m old enough to know Cher’s debate class was probably the first public speaking class I saw onscreen that had an impact on me, the one where she first received an average grade.

“It does not say RSVP on the Statue of Liberty.”

Cher getting teachers to change her grades is a great visual lesson in getting what you want by asking for what you need.

It’s been 25 years since the movie. …


I’ve loved to read since I was a child. I’ve loved books and movies, books with movie pictures in them, movies based on books. Words, manifesting.

My first pair of glasses at age 6 found my first “one true pairing” (OTP) in Ron and Hermione. The friendly enemies to lovers (but would do anything to save your life) trope appealed to me at the time. Thanks, TERF who shall not be named for my first recognition of my penchant for toxicity. Trashy love, you could call it, in a way.

As I grew into teenage fever, I delved into my…


The story begins with a few women twerking in Texas.

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rihanna.

At the end of the day, if the moral is the story is that if Rihanna was twerking in your restaurant to your DJ playing a song asking her to throw that ass in a circle, that you would laugh and smile, but when a regular woman does it, the standards change…then you need to re-evaluate your standards and take up a class on how to treat people equally.


As a young child, I loved animation. I credit animation with being the source of the dreamiest worlds, where I learned that the things you see on TV or what you may read about in a book might not be real. Art was what’s its meant to be then: an escape. The idea that a world can be perfect, consistently. An impossible truth.

The truth, while it mattered, was elastic. Same with bodies.

I’m not bothered by the truth. There is no loving animation without Disney. There is no loving Disney without acknowledging its racist and sexist core. …


Please, don’t get me wrong with the article title.

I love Mulatto, the rapper, and her music. Not kidding. I’ve spoken at length on my own personal social media page and at The Sunflower Girl Magazine about my deep appreciation for women and girls born and raised in the south.

In fact, please stream her latest project! But keep reading though.

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da queen of da souf.

Being born into Caribbean music and hip hop in a 90s New Jersey immigrant household with a studio in the basement, and now living in Virginia on my own for half of a decade now, I see how deep…


This Wrath Month, writer & activist Alexander Leon recently posted a viral infographic on Instagram regarding a guide to sexual racism for white people in response to the queer community’s rampant racism on dating apps.

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source: Twitter

And as history would have it, white people, queer ones mostly, began to respond. Their responses ranged from co-opting the slogan “My body, my choice” and “If I prefer not to date Asians, I have my fucking reasons.” Whoa. Backtrack. I think it would be time to have a guide to sexual racism for racists, which is a term more aware of how we all…


Doja Cat is now the second most followed female rapper on Spotify and hip hop has found itself a new princess. Since 2014, Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj, and along the way, Cardi B fans & stans have been going back and forth for days on the internet. At the time, I bet none of them could have imagined the world where female rap planted a seed that would be able grow outside of itself. In fact, this month, Doja Cat is not only the second most followed female rapper on Spotify, but surpassed 30 million monthly listeners on Spotify.

The…


The earthquake of 10 years ago was a disaster that played a profound, life-altering role for a lot of Haitians. There’s no other way to go about it. However, it’s far from our only disaster and disasters are far from the only thing Haitian culture cares about, when living in a place where human rights violations occur at least once every second.

Haiti has always been subject to gross simplification by outsiders looking for easy answers but there aren’t any. Haiti is the only nation on Earth born out of a successful slave revolt. …


Coming on February means Valentine’s Day…that good old capitalist holiday of love. It seems the fear of intimacy is still on our minds at TSGC. For context, I am a 22 year old queer black woman, Gen Z-millenial cusp, who has never been in a relationship before. I’m not rare or anything special, there’s probably dozens of girls like me around you right now. Coincidentally, like any millenial-Gen Z, I’m pretty spiritual and I just got my palm read. …


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source: Washingtonian.

According to Brittanica, the practice of marrying someone from within one’s own tribe or group, is the oldest social regulation of marriage. When the forms of communication with outside groups are limited, endogamous marriage (defined by Brittanica above) is a natural consequence. But along with technology and communication, a lot of adult Americans have changed. Paid domestic work, voluntary work, work done for friends or family, child-rearing — used to be devalued and treated as marginal or “unproductive” but because of improved social connectivity and cultural shifts, that’s not the case anymore. …

Mernine Ameris

Mernine Ameris is a poet, writer, activist, advocate, and chicken nugget lover about to graduate from George Mason University. http://www.mernineameris.me/

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