Check out our favorite WOC Bloggers!!
Spectra is an award-winning Nigerian writer, women’s rights activist, new media consultant, and philanthropist.
She is the voice behind the afrofeminist media blog, Spectra Speaks (www.spectraspeaks.com), which publishes news, opinions, and personal stories about gender, media, and diversity as they pertain to Africa and the Diaspora.
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR IS BLACK
“Hi, I’m Keisha. I live in
Los Angeles San Francisco, CA, but I made my way here via a looooooong journey through several states, beginning with conception and early development in good old New York, a pit stop in Georgia, and some quality time in Texas (Texas, yeehaw! Bonus points if you get this reference.). A (smart) lady should never give her age, so I’ll be coy and say depending on who’s doing the categorizing I’m in generation X or generation Y. Make of that what you will. My interests are all over the place (a melange, if you will). I blog about everything from travel (love it!) to pop culture (RiRi, please don’t become the next LiLo) to my triumphs and travails (um, dating anyone?) to race and gender (I’m a black woman living in the US; it’s unavoidable) as I navigate my way through the world…” http://thegirlnextdoorisblack.com/
I’M NOT THE NANNY: Raising biracial kids in a race conscious world
“As the mom of biracial children, I’ve been mistaken for the nanny, depending on which DC Metro park I visit. I started this site as a way to share the challenges and joys of raising biracial children. It has evolved as I share my foodie obsessions, my journey towards a healthier lifestyle, and the latest tech and app I’m addicted to…” http://www.imnotthenanny.com/
Tressie McMillan Cottom. Woman. Friend. Daughter. Scholar. Armchair activist. Hell-raiser. Intellectual Catfish.* Not particularly in that order. I am also a PhD student in sociology at Emory University where I study education, inequality, and organizations. http://tressiemc.com/
POC Zine Project’s mission is to make ALL zines by POC (People of Color) easy to find, distribute and share. We are an experiment in activism and community through materiality. http://poczineproject.tumblr.com/
broken beautiful press
BrokenBeautiful Press is based on the basic assumption that love, knowledge and inspiration are renewable resources for revolution that we produce together everyday. Use this site to make love as community, creativity, interaction, knowledge and growth. We are dedicated to the visibility of love as something that we are always making (and therefore which is neither scarce nor for sale). We invite you to acknowledge the ways that you are making love happen all of the time. Please check back often for tools to use in your community and email email@example.com to submit resources that you have developed and would like to share with the world. http://brokenbeautiful.wordpress.com/
BLACK GIRL DANGEROUS
A multi-faceted forum for the literary and artistic expression of queer and trans* people of color. http://blackgirldangerous.org/
What About Our Daughters
“What About Our Daughters was founded on April 18, 2007 in response to an Oprah Winfrey show entitled “After Imus:Now What” . The original purpose of the blog was to encourage Black women to organize to “Stop Funding Foolishness.” In other words, to use economic power to impose economic sanctions on those who are producing destructive images of Black women and girls. We’ve evolved since then. Gotten some media attention, founded Blogging While Brown, Michelle Obama Watch, and proven over and over again that when men and women of character come together, we can change the world.”
Unapologetic, Uncompromising, and Unbowed in defense of Black women and girls. http://www.whataboutourdaughters.com/
A little ditty about Jen and Diana, two Asian American chicks who grew up in the Heartland. Jen was gonna be a football star, Diana was gonna be the first girl in NASCAR. Suckin’ on chili dogs, outside the line at Pink’s, Diana’s eating Jen’s fries, gets some ketchup on her sleeve. Jen says, Hey Diana, let’s run off and start this blog, quit our lame day jobs and do what we please. Diana says, Oh yeah! Life goes on, long after the thrill of livin’ is gone. Oh yeah…Jen says, Hold on. Are we singing “Jack and Diane”? Diana says, Hells yeah, we’re singing “Jack and Diane.” Where were we? Oh right…and together they go, Gonna let it rawk, let it ro-oll! Let the bible belt come and save ma so-o-oul!
Jen Wang and Diana Nguyen are the co-creators and authors of DISGRASIAN.com
The #DarkSkinRedLip Project hosted by forbrowngirls.com
“Breaking Barriers and Building Confidence!” is the tag-line of ForBrownGirls’ latest ongoing online campaign that invites women with darker skin complexions to submit and showcase a photo of them rocking a red lip (www.darkskinredlip.com). Since April, the organization has been promoting this project through social media and word of mouth to help put an end to the notion that women of a darker hue don’t look attractive wearing bright colors, in particular, red lipstick. Along with abolishing that stigma, the project will serve as inspiration to any girl or woman who have given into this stereotype and shied away from wearing a red lip. In viewing such images, a darker skinned girl who is hesitant to try a red lip will find the confidence to step out of her comfort zone, disregarding the opinion of anyone else. The project has received much support and we look forward to reaching our goal of having 1,000+ women participate.
Everything that Never Happened to Me
My name is Olivia Olivia.
I work as an in-jail translator and paralegal for an indigent criminal defense firm in Portland, Oregon.
I am currently writing a memoir about fist-fights, barrios, stray dogs, and the dangers of growing up Brown in Space.
Find me at the center of any crowd.
Hi, im ebin…Im From Chicago, live in Portland, but wish I were in Brookyln. I’m a social failure but thanks to the internet that’s okay. I just graduated from Pacific Northwest College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. Drawing is what makes me truly content. firstname.lastname@example.org or www.ebinlee.weebly.com
The Black Snob
Born and raised St. Louis, Mo. on a healthy diet of news programming, pop culture, black history and “snark,” Danielle Belton, daughter of loving “regular folk” and wife of no one, examines the irreverent side of American life.
With two million readers in less than two years, Belton is best known as the editor/writer of the pop culture-meets-politics blog The Black Snob. http://blacksnob.com/
INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence
INCITE! is a national activist organization of radical feminists of color advancing a movement to end violence against our communities through direct action, critical dialogue, and grassroots organizing. http://inciteblog.wordpress.com/
Ann a’misa Chiu
is an aspiring Librarian, writer and artist.A’misa is the founder, co-editor and publisher of Eyeball Burp Press, a small art press of zines and art booklets. She teaches and lectures about zine publishing and D.I.Y. book-making. http://www.amisachiu.com/p/contact.html
Mikki Kendall a writer and occasional feminist divides her time between two careers, a family, and brunch. The last is necessary to provide the energy she needs for everything else on her to-do list. Her writing can be found at XO Jane, Salon, NPR’s Code Switch, Guardian, and a host of other places willing to let her rant. She commits occasional acts of fiction largely focusing on black people in every situation under the sun, and a few under undefined celestial bodies. She can often be found on Twitter engaging in the highest quality shenanigans.
Jamie Nesbitt Golden is a wife, parent, and recovering journalist who hails from Chicago. She has written for a number of sites, including Salon, xoJane, and Ebony. She loves liquor, historical biographies, and silence. Like most tech-savvy navel gazers of her generation, she can be found on a variety of social networks, including Twitter (@thewayoftheid), Tumblr, and Nerdgasm Noire Network, where she co-hosts a weekly podcast with four other nerdy, opinionated broads.
Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements
Octavia’s Brood, co-edited by Walidah Imarisha (http://www.walidah.com/) & adrienne maree brown (http://adriennemareebrown.net/blog/), is an anthology of radical science & speculative fiction written by organizers & activists, based in the idea that those working to change the world are sci-fi/speculative thinkers!
This book is in process, with a release date of June 2014. We do have all the submissions for it, so please help us spread the word to fundraise to print the anthology! To contribute please go to our indiegogo campaign page: http://igg.me/at/OctaviasBrood/x/3210370 or search Octavia’s Brood. Whenever we try to envision a world without war, without violence, without prisons, without capitalism, we… are engaging in an exercise of speculative fiction. Organizers and activists struggle tirelessly to create and envision another world, or many other worlds, just as science fiction does… so what better venue for organizers to explore their work than through writing original science fiction stories? Co-editors Adrienne Maree Brown and Walidah Imarisha offer us Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements, as a way to uncover the truths buried in the fantastical – and to inject a healthy dose of the fantastical into our search for truth. Many radical minds believe this field was evolved by late science fiction writer Octavia Butler, for whom this collection will be named. Butler explored the intersections of identity and imagination – exploring the gray areas of race, class, gender, sexuality, militarism, inequality, oppression, resistance and most importantly, hope.
For Harriet is and online community for women of African ancestry. We encourage women, through storytelling and journalism, to engage in candid, revelatory dialogue about the beauty and complexity of Black womanhood. We aspire to educate, inspire, and entertain.
For Harriet seeks to raise the level of discourse surrounding Black women. Founder and Editor, Kimberly Foster, launched the blog in June 2010 while still an undergraduate at Harvard University to provide a thoughtful, collaborative alternative to mainstream media representations of Black womanhood. Thus, For Harriet seeks to explore all parts of who we are and who we hope to be.
“Andrea Smith (Cherokee) is a longtime anti-violence and Native American activist and scholar. She is co-founder of the Boarding School Healing Project and INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, a national grassroots organization that utilizes direct action and critical dialogue. Smith has published widely on issues of violence against women of color and is one of the nation’s leading experts on the topic, as well as a highly-sought after speaker.
Smith currently teaches in media and cultural studies at the University of California, Riverside. In addition to Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide, Smith authored Native Americans and The Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances and helped edit INCITE!’s two anthologies, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex and Color Of Violence. She has also contributed to South End Press’s two forthcoming anthologies, The Revolution Starts at Home, and Sovereign Acts.“ –http://www.southendpress.org/authors/258
Real Colored Girls (RCG) are women of the African diaspora, who take issue with the ways we are being represented globally. Our ability to contribute fully to humanity depends on the reclamation and articulation of our true selves, and global, white-supremacist, patriarchal media has exploited the degradation of our original archetypes.
In amputating the spiritual meaning of black women we are continuously reduced from Great Mother and original life-source, to mammy stereotypes, from Wise Oracle to neck-snapping Sapphire, and from Sacred Whore – the body upon which the seasons revolve, the sexuality that heals and prospers – to everybody’s favorite Hottentot. Real Colored Girls are offended and bored by the mean-spirited, simplistic portrayals of who we are, and we are committed to the dismantling of outdated representations.
RCG is reclaiming the true meaning of our archetypes and forging new models for Black womanhood from a place of internalized freedom. http://realcoloredgirls.wordpress.com/
Marya Errin Jones is an…artist, writer, researcher, and zinester. “Mocha Chocolata Mommma Zine is a zine series that chronicles the lives of black women, real or imagined who have influenced my life, in some way. This zine series is part history part perzine, always with the intention of telling a good story. Thanks for reading” Follow her on tumblr http://www.maryaerrinjones.com/
“Middle passage, emigration, immigration, windrush, backpacking…crossing seas is different when you’re black.”
BeautifulBlackPortland.com began as a dream in 2011. After dealing with life’s many trials, trepidations and triumphs, here we are three years later. Portland, are you ready? BeautifulBlackPortland.com is Portland’s premiere blog for all people, places, things and events that are Black and beautiful. Occasionally, we may take on an issue or two relevant to Portland’s Black community and as they happen in real time. But, we aim to do the following:
BeautifulBlackPortland.com connects you, the reader (Hey, Reader) to the many Black owned businesses, organizations, services, products/goods, and people right here in Portland. BeautifulBlackPortland.com facilitates an increase in interest, participation, awareness, education and revenue for the many Black owned businesses, organizations, services, products/goods, and people right here in the City of Roses.
BeautifulBlackPortland.com utilizes social media as a means to unite Portland’s now diasporic Black community. BeautifulBlackPortland.com promotes a positive image of the many Black people living in Portland.
MariNaomi is the author and illustrator of the award-winning graphic memoir Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22 (Harper Perennial, 2011), the upcoming books Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories (2D Cloud/Uncivilized Books, 2014) and Turning Japanese (2D Cloud, 2015), and her self-published Estrus Comics (1998 to 2009).
“Hi, I’m Sugene, the girl behind All This is Mine zines and stuff. I lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade but moved to Portland, Oregon in 2010. I started making zines as an outlet for lighthearted self-indulgence, completely separate from art-making that I took seriously. In the back of my zine, All This is Mine, I advertised small things that I made that were for sale through mail order. It was mostly just back issues of the zine, mixed media postcards, envelopes, and t-shirts. I didn’t get a lot of orders, but it was fun when I did…” http://allthisismine.com/index.html
Eminism.org is a personal website of multi-issue social justice activist/writer/rogue intellectual Emi Koyama. Emi often writes and speaks out about feminism, sexual and domestic violence, sex work/trade and trafficking, queer and trans liberation, intersex and disability issues, among others.