#SayHerName on the Day We #NeverForget: Asia Cottom

Today marks 20 years since Asia’s murder. Like me, Asia would’ve been 31 this year. Sadly, I can only imagine what life would have been like if she were still alive: College? Kids? Would we have grown apart, or would she be like a sister to me by now? I’ll never know.

How Rising Superstar Designer Ashley Noxolo is Making History and Bringing Real Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to New York Fashion Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Atlanta, GA (September 7, 2021) – This fall, rising superstar designer Ashley Noxolo will be showcasing the brands’ newest shoe collection at New York Fashion Week, sponsored by Noxolo Ent and Black With No Chaser. This will be the 10 year anniversary from the first opportunity to showcase at NYFW in 2011. Noxolo Ent welcomes Black With No Chaser, filling the role of amplifying the success stories in the black community. Ashley Noxolo is Mississippi’s first shoe designer to showcase at New York Fashion Week and also…

Elijah McClain was a Black Nerd, like a lot of us; And they killed him anyway

I assiduously wear the Blerd moniker as a badge of honor. That label, that honor means so much to me, that I have the words “Black Nerd” tattooed in the inner part of my upper right arm. It defines me. It defines a lot of us. Blerds are different. That’s why we exist. It’s not just for the love of comic books, or Star Wars, or anime, or Lovecraft Country or astrophysics. Nah, it just means we embraced our uniqueness. That we’re proud to be…different. Not better; Not smarter; Just…different.…

Grief in My Black Experience

“Libations poured in remembrance Balloons released into the sky Ritual and procession, Pomp and circumstance It’s an affair when Black people die.” -F. Renee Hamilton My earliest memory of death was being held in my mothers’ arms as we stood in line to view my paternal great-grandmothers body for the last time. I could not have been more than four years old, but this final saying of goodbye has forever been engrained in my memory. Vaguely, I remember various family members leaning over to kiss the lady whom I thought…