Kirsten West-Savali

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OPINION - Sometimes, us light-skinned girls need to be secure enough in our own blackness to simply listen...
OPINION - In Zoe Saldana's recent 'Allure' interview, the Afro-Latina female actor has once again stated that she is unconcerned with any backlash she receives for playing legendary singer and activist Nina Simone...
OPINION - Social media has given a powerful voice to people of color, complementing an often one-dimensional mainstream when it comes to representing controversial racial issues...
OPINION - With the conclusion of the Steubenville rape case, we find ourselves poised at a watershed moment in our global fight to protect women from being vulnerable targets...
ESSAY - After 8 years of marriage and three children, Valentine’s Day is not what it used to be – it’s better, richer, honest. More than a celebration of love, it’s a re-calibration of purpose...
OPINION - Tavis Smiley and Spike Lee's criticisms must delve deeper than the idea of it being a “spoof” and a knee-jerk reaction to the – subjectively -- gratuitous use of the n-word...
Co-founded by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons, the foundation has created educational and gallery programs, which directly serve over 2,300 students each year, in addition to providing exposure for under-appreciated artists of color.
OPINION - Only time will tell if the real story of the MiAKA men will emerge from the re-emergent fragments comprised of YouTube videos, random blog posts, and pictures from 2007...
OPINION - Our sisters came, they saw and they conquered. And they looked damn good while they were doing it...
OPINION - It is most hilarious that some Christian blacks are rushing to eat fried chicken to show how righteously they stand against homosexuality...
CLUTCH - I have been waiting, patiently, for someone to give me one reason — other than the immediate gratification of getting a child to stop in that moment and 'police won’t beat them' — that proves hitting children as a form of discipline is effective...
OPINION - There is an epidemic in the black American community that extends into our homes, relationships and throughout our religious institutions...
theGRIO REPORT - Though millions of people may feel they personally know the multi-faceted Tameka Raymond, in reality, she remains an enigma...
theGRIO REPORT - The question remains whether all concerned women - regardless of race - will work together to break the shackles of limited stereotypes that enslave many black women...