Black Women Aren’t Allowed To Be Introverted

Many Black women have felt pressured to perform the funny, sassy, and entertaining stereotypes that have been portrayed in the media, but failing to play into these stereotypes can sometimes have real-life consequences—even in the workplace. In our latest op-ed, self-proclaimed introvert Sequoia Holmes recounts her life experience as an introverted Black woman in mostly white spaces.

Read on, here: Black Women Aren’t Allowed To Be Introverted

The Sin of Omission

“Television, like its big sister, the motion picture, has been guilty of the sin of omission… Hungry for talent, desperate for the so-called ‘new face,’ constantly searching for a transfusion of new blood, it has overlooked a source of wondrous talent that resides under its nose. This is the Negro actor.” — Rod Serling, Creator of The Twilight Zone (quoted in The Twilight Zone Companion by Marc Scott Zicree).


Season 1, Episode 27, “The Big Tall Wish,” features an all-Black principal cast. You can stream it on Netflix: The Twilight Zone (Original Series) | Netflix

‘The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning’ – The New York Times

An excerpt:


“…I asked another friend what it’s like being the mother of a black son. ‘The condition of black life is one of mourning,’ she said bluntly. For her, mourning lived in real time inside her and her son’s reality: At any moment she might lose her reason for living. Though the white liberal imagination likes to feel temporarily bad about black suffering, there really is no mode of empathy that can replicate the daily strain of knowing that as a black person you can be killed for simply being black: no hands in your pockets, no playing music, no sudden movements, no driving your car, no walking at night, no walking in the day, no turning onto this street, no entering this building, no standing your ground, no standing here, no standing there, no talking back, no playing with toy guns, no living while black.”

And Do You Belong? I Do – Saint Heron


On Friday evening, after an evening out with her husband and 11-year-old son, Solange Knowles went on a tweet storm about how she was treated at a Kraftwerk concert in New Orleans.

Knowles recounted how she was harassed by four white woman, and why black people never feel safe in white spaces.

“4 older white women yell to me from behind, ‘Sit down now’. I tell them I’m dancing at a concert. They yell, ‘u need to sit down now,’” Knowles posted on Twitter in a now-deleted tweet.

“We are at an ELECTRONIC and DANCE music concert and you are telling…not asking me…to sit down. In front of my child,” Knowles continued. She then went on to say that one of the women threw something at her back.

On Sunday, Solange wrote an essay titled, “And Do You Belong? I Do” on her personal website. She went into more details about the incident and how she commonly feels uncomfortable during certain events. 


An important read: And Do You Belong? I Do – Saint Heron