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 …

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 …

Thick Thighs Kills Confidence

Kamea Taylor Culture, Opinion

Society’s body ideals have critiqued Black women of all body types for generations. Ever since I was a young Black girl, I struggled for years with my weight, obsessed over thick thighs and a flat belly, and always thought of ways that I could lose weight. And though society’s projections have shifted to more of a fascination and appraisals for …

Decenter Men. They’re ruining your friendships.

Leilani Fu’Qua Lifestyle, Opinion

Do your friends only ever talk about what new man is in their direct messages? Are you the friend that only shares about her (straight) relationship or romantic encounters with men? You could be a victim of male identification, and you ARE entitled to financial compensation.  Male identification is the act of placing men above women, including yourself, in various …

[bl]acne

Leilani Fu’Qua Culture, Lifestyle, Opinion

Let me preface this with the statement that acne is completely normal. However, European and mainstream beauty standards play a major role in how people view themselves with acne, how they see and treat others, and the impact the treatment of acne, especially in minority groups. As a multiracial Black woman, my personal experience with acne has been a less …

Dating While Black

Leilani Fu’Qua Lifestyle, Opinion

As February reaches an end and we enter the spring quarter,  I’ve noticed that too many Black bruins struggle with cultivating healthy relationships.   Parental expectations, stereotypes pressuring black couples to have “that Jada and that Will love,” and influential traumas are all factors that contribute to the decline of hopeful, flourishing relationships. In response, I’ve compiled a list of general …