Protester holding a sign. Sign reads "Black Lesbian Feminist"

The Black Sapphic

Leilani Fu’Qua Culture, LGBTQ+, Lifestyle, Opinion, World

Women are traditionally and fundamentally underrepresented, underappreciated, and devalued in societal relationships. For Black women, this is amplified with Black men’s allegiance to heterosexism, misogynoir, and any claim to the privileges of the patriarchy they cling to, adding another level to the subordination of Black women. Lesbianism, and Black lesbianism specifically, has operated as a silent phenomenon within the Black …

Happy International Transgender Day of Visibility from Nommo

Leilani Fu’Qua Black History, Culture, LGBTQ+, Lifestyle, News, World Leave a Comment

On this Trans Visibility Day, Nommo would like to celebrate the beauty and resilience of Black transgender individuals. Black trans activists have been at the center of the fight towards liberation, on the axes of race, gender identity, and sexuality. However, prioritizing the health and safety of Black trans people remains an issue across the globe. Illuminated by healthcare disparities, …

Offended By My Sex Appeal

Kamea Taylor Culture, Lifestyle, Opinion

For generations, the conversation of sex within the Black community has become uncomfortable or overwhelmed with misconceptions and misinformation. The most sensitive subject within such dialogue is often the sexual experiences and sexual health of Black women. From sex work to romantic partners, Black women’s bodies are seen as commodities to be consumed yet are simultaneously devalued and shamed for …

Comparison is the Thief of Joy

Ulani Mafate Lifestyle, News, Opinion

(I wanted to start the following sentence with the phrase “like a lot of girls,” but truly, that’s a reductive statement, and only belittles my/our pain; I mention this in case anyone else often feels inclined to conform to this rather sexist statement.)  I have always wanted to be pretty. Growing up, I believed that I was. But, with every …

Evolution of Party Culture (Post-COVID)

Kamea Taylor Campus, Lifestyle, Opinion

Picture this: It’s a Thirsty Thursday, nearing ten o’clock at night, and you and your friends are making your way through Westwood looking for the location of the party invitation sent out that afternoon. Dressed in biker shorts, crop tops, and party sneakers, you and your crew are prepared for what the night brings. Before the pandemic, I wouldn’t think …

Natural Hair vs. Zoom Calls

Hannah Masresha Culture, Lifestyle

Never in a million years could we imagine a plausible scenario of attending lectures ten minutes after waking up. Thanks to online school, an unexpected freedom of comfortability was gifted to all students. While many students despise online school, it is hard to argue against the fact that they are effortless to attend. Yet, while Zoom calls have their perks, …

Grapevine Podcast Special Feature: Conversations on LGBTQ+ Media & “Slag Wars” Premiere Commentary

Leilani Fu’Qua Archive, Arts & Entertainment, Culture, Lifestyle, World

This week’s podcast features Nommo staff members, Leilani Fu’Qua and Foluke Salami, and special student guests, Jack Angel and Sarah Isen, as they dive into queer representation in television and provide juicy commentary on the “Slag Wars: The Next Destroyer” premiere. “Slag Wars” is a new reality TV style competition where internet personalities and adult film actresses Rebecca Moore and …