The Brave Women fighting FGM

I remember in college I had a term-paper that I procrastinated on for weeks and weeks. The day before it was due, I started it… I know, bad decision-making. I knew what the topic would be and I met every deadline prior to the due date: topic submission, argument and main points, and even myContinue reading “The Brave Women fighting FGM”

MOUTAROU (guest writer)

***Unlike the other stories in the men’s series, this story is real. I’d personally like to thank our very own Moutarou for sharing his personal story.*** In Senegal there is a lot of social pressure.  Practically everyone throughout the country faces this phenomenon, women as well as men. As for the effect on me, I am the eldestContinue reading “MOUTAROU (guest writer)”

AIDA: A special self-reflection – « Jigéén dafa wara doxe ndank, waxe ndank » (A woman should not speak much)

My personality is strong. I don’t filter my thoughts and freely deliver my opinions as I see fit. I’m not ignorant or disrespectful; but I am confident and I am stern. I have been guided numerous times on how to “soften” myself up, especially if I want to find a good man to marry. LetContinue reading “AIDA: A special self-reflection – « Jigéén dafa wara doxe ndank, waxe ndank » (A woman should not speak much)”

Guest Writer, a short story by ARAME

Harlem post-renaissance, pre-gentrification. When black people sat on the stoops of the brownstones they owned. When the chips were 25 cents and the bus fare 2 dollars. When there was block parties with smokey grills and a broken hydrant. I was born one summer in 1994 on a Thursday. I figured out Thursday when IContinue reading “Guest Writer, a short story by ARAME”