I’m regularly asked by other writers how I got my column. So, let me break it down for all you Penmobbers out there. I got each one in a slightly different way. The first column I started writing was “At the Intersection” for the San Diego City Beat. A friend of friend (who is now a close friend) was already a columnist there. She was asked to write a piece about Beyoncé and suggested the editor find a Black woman writer to do it instead (Dear Allies, this is how it’s done).
In a relationship or life jam? Lemme unstuck your life —Send your questions to: AskMindaHoney@leoweekly.com. Why is it when someone asks you a question about open relationships, you gotta show your racist butt to everyone? Leave that in your pants, please. “And then there are white people who act like poly gives them entry into an oppressed class.” You are such a bigot it bleeds out of you into every conversation. Well, I gotta go! The coattails of white privilege wait for no one.
I’ve been reading Brittney Cooper’s new book, Eloquent Rage. In it, she writes about her relationship with white women and how they were often her only companions as a child. How she cherished Mildred D. Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and her “Logans” series of novels, because many of the books she read featured white women. She, like me, read stacks of Sweet Valley High books featuring blonde twins and fantasized about having a clique as tight as the Baby-Sitters Club girls.
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Selecting a term
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