black-women

politics

These Women Made a Database of Black Women Running for Office in 2018

The list of over 100 candidates, spearheaded by writer Luvvie Ajayi, bodes well for those hoping to see more black women in office in the near future.
Sarah Burke
12.19.17
Unscrewing Ourselves

Why We Need to Empower Black Girls to Take Control of Their Own Sex Lives

Girls of color face myriad barriers when it comes to getting information about their sexual health. Laesha Brown, the program coordinator for Get Smart B4 U Get Sexy, is working to change that.
Gabby Bess
10.3.17
Criminal Justice

Why We Need to Focus on How Black Women Are Harmed by Police Violence

Two years after Sandra Bland's death, the specific impacts of police brutality on women of color remain understudied and underreported. With her forthcoming book, "Invisible No More," Andrea J. Ritchie is working to change that.
Victoria Law
7.13.17
RACISM

People Don't View Black Girls as Children, Even When They're as Young as Five

According to a new study, adults view black girls as less innocent and less needing of protection than their white peers.
Kimberly Lawson
6.28.17
RACISM

'Can I Touch It?' The Implicit Bias Against Black Women's Natural Hair

Researchers from the Perception Institute developed the first-ever Hair Implicit Association Test to measure whether or not people are unconsciously biased against black women's hair. The results of their study were published today, offering a new set...
Kimberly Lawson
1.31.17
Health

Inside the Fight to Make a Revolutionary HIV Medication Widely Available

The controversial anti-HIV drug PrEP (or Truvada) is widely seen as a medicine for gay men. We speak to trans people, sex workers and black community leaders who believe that they need PrEP, too.
Chris Godfrey
9.21.16
Health

Stigma Is Keeping Black Women from Accessing HIV Resources on Social Media

Researchers assumed that Twitter and Tumblr would be the most effective channels for HIV education, but their target demographic—college-aged black women, who are disproportionately affected by HIV—doesn't want to tweet about STDs.
Gabby Bess
4.26.16
Culture

Alternatives to Alternatives: the Black Grrrls Riot Ignored

Nineties nostalgia has transformed the Riot Grrrl movement from the alternative underground to a mainstream obsession. But just like before, black women are being left out.
Gabby Bess
8.3.15