The Op-Eds
5 06, 2014

A Follow Up To Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault & Weight Gain: Outside Perspective

By | June 5th, 2014|Social Construct, The Op-Eds|51 Comments

A white man's perspective of street harassment and interactions between men and women of color.

30 05, 2014

What A Victim-Blaming World Looks Like To A Victim

By | May 30th, 2014|The Op-Eds|45 Comments

How victim-blaming affects our world, and how we interact with one another.

22 05, 2014

CNN Op Ed: “Black Women Ugly? Says Who?” & Consequences Of The Study

By | May 22nd, 2014|The Op-Eds|26 Comments

So... this appeared on my radar last night: In a couple of weeks my mother turns 65.She takes yoga and Zumba every chance she gets and if you sneeze more than twice around her, she'll cook you a pot of collard greens. My mother believes her collard greens can fix just about anything. She has [...]

3 05, 2014

Who’s Buying Starbucks With Food Stamps?

By | May 3rd, 2014|The Op-Eds|36 Comments

Quote: "That's money that somebody could be eating with -- a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk."

28 03, 2014

I Have Questions: The “Exercise Doesn’t Work For Black Girls” Study

By | March 28th, 2014|The Op-Eds|32 Comments

I have questions... many questions... about the "Black girls don't benefit from exercise the way white girls do" study. Care to help me answer them?

25 03, 2014

Is Obesity A Form Of Child Abuse?

By | March 25th, 2014|The Op-Eds|12 Comments

Dr. Oz and his panel asks, is obesity a child abuse situation? I explain my thoughts.

13 02, 2014

Blogging While Black: On Having An Accidentally Controversial Blog Title

By | February 13th, 2014|The Op-Eds|106 Comments

A minor rant about the "A White Girl's Guide To Weight Loss" comments I'm getting...

28 01, 2014

An Open Letter to the XOJane Writer Who Cried About a Black Woman in Her Yoga Class

By | January 28th, 2014|The Op-Eds|184 Comments

White lady literally cries about black lady in her yoga class. Wrote a post about it. Like to hear it? Hear it go.

28 01, 2014

Tyrese and the Futility of Fat Shaming

By | January 28th, 2014|Out and About, The Op-Eds|78 Comments

"When you take a shower and you put your fat, nasty body in the shower and by the time you get out, the mirrors are all steamed up so you don’t look at what you did to yourself..."

9 01, 2014

Shoutout To The Fat-O-Phobes: Marie Claire vs Fat TV Characters

By | January 9th, 2014|The Op-Eds|44 Comments

Marie Claire fails on weight again... and I go off.

7 11, 2013

On Badu and Our Bodies: Are We Comfortable In Our Own Skin?

By | November 7th, 2013|Beauty, Social Construct, Standards of Black Beauty, The Op-Eds|17 Comments

I had my moment of analyzing Erykah Badu's latest video, and then - like most things pop culture - I was over it. Until... I just so happened to read Naked & Unashamed, and catch this quote at the end: "People have to be comfortable in their own skin before they can be comfortable with [...]

15 10, 2013

The Real Reason Black America is Fat

By | October 15th, 2013|Out and About, The Op-Eds|19 Comments

The full text from my essay in Uptown Magazine, May 2013

7 10, 2013

Should A 2,500 Calorie Plate of Pasta Be Illegal?

By | October 7th, 2013|Fast Food, Healthy Eating, The Op-Eds|22 Comments

Absolutely not. Here, I'll explain why.

30 09, 2013

Check Out My Latest for Salon, and a Few Additional Thoughts

By | September 30th, 2013|Out and About, The Op-Eds|6 Comments

A few additional thoughts on my essay at Salon.

20 08, 2013

Is There Ever A Reason To Destroy Your Food?

By | August 20th, 2013|It's All Mental, The Op-Eds|40 Comments

Is there a place for this kind of behavior?

15 08, 2013

We Are The 99%: Occupy Wall Street AND Big Food, Too

By | August 15th, 2013|BGG2WL, The Op-Eds|11 Comments

#occupywallstreet, "The 99%," and how our food policy ties into it all.

23 07, 2013

Get Life: Why Aren’t We Talking About Fat Black Men?

By | July 23rd, 2013|Out and About, The Op-Eds|28 Comments

What we rarely hear about, though, is how 70% of Black men, age 20 or over, are currently overweight. When it comes to high blood pressure, men have the ladies outnumbered...

2 07, 2013

The Unbearable Whiteness of Eating: How The Food Culture War Affects Black America

By | July 2nd, 2013|The Op-Eds|30 Comments

How persons of color (and the needs of persons of color) are shut out of conversations involving health, wellness and food availability.

20 06, 2013

A Follow Up To Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault & Weight Gain: Facing Insensitivity

By | June 20th, 2013|Body Image, The Op-Eds|57 Comments

'You let your ass get fat over this stupid stuff, and now you can't get a man!'

4 06, 2013

An Open Letter To Skinny Women

By | June 4th, 2013|The Op-Eds|41 Comments

Hey, girl. How you doin'? How's [insert loved one]? Good, that's good to hear. Listen, I wanted to talk to you because I know you're pretty comfy in your own skin and really happy with where you are in life... I think that's awesome. However, I cannot help but notice how often you are scarfing [...]