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Educating Future Native Leaders

This year the North Carolina Native American Youth Organization (NCNAYO) celebrated their 39th annual conference.  This conference is held every year on a different college campus within North Carolina for Native high school students from across the state.  About 10 years ago I had the privilege to attend NCNAYO for the first time and last… Continue reading Educating Future Native Leaders

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Reproductive Rights and Justice: Who Gets Left Out of the Conversation

Growing up in a hyper-religious family in the Midwest lent itself to easily identifying as “pro-life”. One of the ten commandments included not murdering others and denying a person the right to life was easily seen as murder. However, as I lived in a fairly liberal town for the majority of my life and became… Continue reading Reproductive Rights and Justice: Who Gets Left Out of the Conversation

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The Hypersexualization of Black Women

"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” (Malcolm X). America has never treated Black women equally in all its history. Which brings me to my point of hypersexualizing. Black women constantly must… Continue reading The Hypersexualization of Black Women

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Sex is Not a Bad Word

Growing up, the word "sex" in my house was equivalent to a bad word. It was simply not discussed. The “sex talk” with my parents went a little like, “you are not grown,” “wait until you are married," “if you end up pregnant, you’re not staying here."  As a teenager I didn’t think much of… Continue reading Sex is Not a Bad Word