Why I Divorced My Abusive Mother and Why it’s Okay

With both hands, I take one corner each and shake out the blanket to its full length so I can cover my chilled skin. For no reason at all — other than my Ancestors’ will be done — the blanket smells like my grandma. I wonder if it smells like her grandma, too? Would the scent be familiar to any of them…?

Thoughts on the Audience for my Research

Who is my audience and how much can I expect them to know? Beyond the McNair staff, my cohort, and mentors; my audience is other community organizers, people who work with girls of color, and people who are invested in youth-adult partnerships. These people will have a special interest in my topic because of their…

McNair Research Topic: Sisters in Action for Power & Youth-Adult Partnerships

When people in Portland ask me what I’m studying as the focus of my McNair research, I tell them this: I’m doing a case study of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Action for Power, and their TriMet campaign because I want to know how community organizing work and youth-adult partnerships affected the girls who participated in…

Ramblings on Y-APs, Black Feminist Thought & Legacy

From a writing prompt/free write where I listed questions related to my research and then looped back to respond to a few of them. It sort of reads as a stream of consciousness. So, if you’ve ever wondered what it’s like inside my head…here’s a snapshot. Why should feminists care about youth-adult partnerships (Y-APs)?  Feminists should…