My Latest, Greatest Hits on the Web and NEKOCON!!!

Happy Fall y’all! I’m a terrible blog owner!

But….it’s because I have been so darn busy. I have had a couple of really cool pieces hit the web. Check out a sample of what I have been up to lately:

*Geek and Sundry: The Webcomics That Are Changing the World

*HelloGiggles: Shondaland is BACK! Here’s Everything That Happened Last Season and What’s Next

I also had my first piece post on Upworthy! For those who aren’t familiar with the website, they post all things positive going on around the world. Of course, as soon as I found out they had a freelance writer’s program, I immediately made it my business to get an article on their page. I wanted to find something that met all of their criteria for an excellent story: surprising, meaningful, visual, and shareable.

I tried a couple of ideas and got hit with REJECTION. Ouch. But, I finally found THE story that I knew would be a home run. While scouring the web, I found an interesting article about a group called Stone Flowers. Based in London, the group is comprised of refugees from all around the world. These people have suffered unimaginable pain and persecution, yet they found their way to this unique music therapy group. They write songs about their experiences and record them in their native language!

Check out this special story here and share it with all of your friends. I don’t know about you, but I love a powerful story!

Next up….a pretty cool piece I recently wrapped up for Paste Magazine! ANDDD…..

I’m going to be a PANELIST AT NEKOCON!! Nekocon is an anime convention that takes place in Hampton, VA. The talented and fabulous Jamie Broadnax from BlackGirlNerds has invited me to come out and do a panel with her about social media. So, if you are in or near the area, come check me out!!! I’ll be the Black chick with the Afro rocking something Doctor Who-ish (yes, even at an anime con).

And remember…I am a freelance writer FOR HIRE. So, for any serious inquiries, HIT ME UP and let’s talk bidness 🙂

-Tai Gooden

Black Women are Human Too….

Lately, I have been dealing with frustration over the mistreatment of Black women. I witness it everyday on social media, in my personal life (because HELLO I am Black and a woman), and at work as a Black woman in a predominately white male driven profession. And I am sick of it.

Every time I think about what Black women deal with in our society, my mind immediately turns to the following quote by the late, great Malcolm X:

“The most disrespected person in America is the Black woman, the most unprotected person in America is the Black woman. The most neglected person in America is the Black woman.”

True. True. True.

Black women are expected to put EVERYONE’S needs before their own. We are expected to be “ride or die” chicks for men who do us more harm than good. And, it’s a badge of honor to run ourselves ragged while we care for our children and other family members. But, whose taking care of us? Whose looking out for us when we are down, depressed, and full of dismay? When we are murdered, why don’t people mobilize and demand “justice” like they do for our Black male counterparts? When we are raped and harassed on the streets, why are the stories twisted around to make us look like villains? And, why do some people feel like we should be “grateful” for any attention that we get from a man? Is it because they subconsciously believe that we are the least desired group of women in America?

We aren’t even expected to experience a multitude of feelings. Whether we are faced with death, abandonment, or mental health issues, we are expected to “stay strong” because we are “built Ford tough.” Why?

Because acknowledging that Black women are entitled to emotions suggests that we are human.

Standing up for a Black woman who has been street harassed, raped, or abused suggests that Black women are human.

Allowing a Black woman to put herself first sometimes and not be deemed selfish suggests that she is human.

Recognizing that Black women also deal with depression, suicidal thoughts, and mental illnesses suggests that Black women are human.

Imagine that. Black women are human…..who knew?

-Tai Gooden