Personal Essay

I Finally Got the Bob Haircut You’re Seeing Everywhere and Learned a Surprising Lesson Unless you count the occasional pumpkin spice latte or my proclivity for a Bridgerton binge, I don’t...

The following story was originally published on POPSUGAR’s UK site. March is Women’s History Month, but for most of us it has been an emotional roller coaster with nonstop twists. Social media...

A year ago, when lockdown first hit, I started locking my hair. I’d been flirting with the idea months before the pandemic sent me back home from college, dreaming about the day my hair would look...

I made a bet with my 5-year-old that I would color my hair pink if the baby inside of me was a biological girl. After three solid months of morning sickness and mood swings (things I did not experience...

I was boarded up in a cabin with friends when I first heard the news that Kamala Harris had been elected vice president. We all cheered, partly because we knew the Trump regime was finally coming to an...

The joy the Black community instills in its members is nothing short of spiritual. As a US Citizen, my blackness, at times, seems like a heavy burden. For years, no matter what ambition I held, I would...

One of greatest lessons to be learned from 2020 is that our humanity is inextricably related, intertwined, and dependent upon each other for survival. In what has proven to be an unexpected year for all...

I woke up this morning to news that’s made me prouder of my state than I’ve been for a while: Arizona elected a Democratic senator for the second election in a row, and, if current numbers...

Since I was 15, I’ve had a scar that runs the length of my hairline on the right side of my face. It starts at the midline of my forehead and goes down to about two inches above my right ear, at...

As an owner of a thick Afro, I’ve come to accept that mainstream hair products won’t always work from me. In fact, anyone with a textured hair type can relate to the struggle of finding products...

Image Source: Pexels / Neemias Seara There can be a lot of maintenance with curly hair. For me, I rarely go a day without three applications of hydrating creams or products, spend at least an hour detangling,...

This Hack For Treating Cold Sores Has Saved Me So Much Money on Over-the-Counter Meds If you’re among the 50 percent of Americans who get cold sores — otherwise known as fever blisters — then...

I Got a Nose Job During the Pandemic, and It Was the Best Decision I’ve Ever Made Right now, the business of plastic surgery is booming, with 49 percent of Americans who have never gone under...

In 2020, with the tragic deaths of Black men playing out on the evening news and protests against police brutality taking place in cities across the country, it’s hard to understand how anyone could...

I’ve only seen my mother cry twice, but both times rocked my soul. The first time was when she received the news that her father died. My family was forced to flee from Liberia at the brink of the...

Rosemary Ketchum is the first openly transgender elected official in West Virginia. She is associate director of the Greater Wheeling National Alliance on Mental Illness and serves on the boards of several...