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Material Girl, Spiritual Girl
Is fashion passion bad for my soul?
author image The author is a Christian and she also loves fashion. She worries that being materialistic is a sin, but she can't give up her desire for great outfits.

Each day on the subway I see fabulous, chic women who I call “life goals.” They might be draped in buttery silk blouses, tailored slacks, and stilettos... [more]

Becoming Ourselves Becoming Ourselves
My Name's Not Me - I Wish My Mom Could Accept A Gay Son - Targeted by the THOT Police - 'You're Pretty For a Black Girl' - PLUS - Graffiti in NYC
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Staff Shout-Out Robert describes how his therapist helped him face the pain from his father's abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She also helps Robert envision a better future. [more]
Renaming Myself Christina feels unconnected to her name. She doesn't know her father, her mother abused her, and her last name can probably be traced back to slavemasters. She tries out some new names. [more]
Bronx Bombers: Graffiti in NYC Robert visits an art exhibit of graffiti in New York and describes his lifelong relationship to this homegrown art form. [more]
Maya Angelou vs. the THOT Police Imani notices Facebook posts saying that "THOTs" don't have the right to mourn Maya Angelou's death. Imani questions why women are still put down for being sexual. [more]
The Fairest of Them All Jessica experiences racism and internalizes it. A natural hair blog and a growing understanding of society help her see that black is beautiful. [more]
Daydreaming and Reality Anthony had a rough childhood and often retreated into daydreams to escape abuse. As he grows up, he pushes himself to live more in reality. [more]
Choosing Who I Let In Zakkiaya's biological family neglects and abuses her. It's not until she enters a group home that she find "sisters" and a caseworker "Mom." [more]
Q&A: Healthy Relationships Natasha interviews therapist Rebecca Weston about how to keep family trauma in your past from messing up your new relationships. [more]
My Crazy Love Was Just Crazy The author's boyfriend begins pressuring her for sex, acting jealous, and hitting her. It's cheating, however, that's the last straw for her. [more]
My Virtual Girlfriend Got Real The author meets Valencia online and they fall in love. When they finally meet in real life, they discover things about each other and about relationships. [more]
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