Pure, a Book Review and Deconstructing Purity Culture: At the Intersections of Black, Female & Womanist

Illustration by Katarzyna Bogdańska A few days ago, I stumbled across the book “Pure” by Linda Kay Klein. I couldn’t put it down. Surely, this book would provide both critical insight and compelling testimony into the insidious innerworkings of peak Evangelical purity culture. Unfortunately, the 35-page Introduction was the best part of the book. At once bothContinue reading “Pure, a Book Review and Deconstructing Purity Culture: At the Intersections of Black, Female & Womanist”

Homegoing: A Review

I just finished Yaa Gyasi’s debut novel, Homegoing, for the second time. And, it still has me shook. For those who haven’t read it yet – please note the following will contain some spoilers. Haunting. Emotive. Lyrical. Searing. Critical. Gyasi’s novel is a gripping generational timeless yarn of colonialism, identity, human trafficking and body politics. And, perhapsContinue reading “Homegoing: A Review”

Staying Present

Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced – James Baldwin This past weekend, my news feed was filled with stories of Nathan Phillips and Nick Sandmann. Reading the emerging stories, comments and petitions made me sick to my stomach. Some people wanted the students expelled fromContinue reading “Staying Present”