The Unapologetic Black Love Story of Love Island’s Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew

Love Island Season II Winners, Justine Ndiba & Caleb Corprew.
Love Island Season II Winners, Justine Ndiba & Caleb Corprew.

The summer of 2020 will be remembered as a year of pain, suffering, and unrest in the call for justice with the murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd forever etched on the psyche. Black people had to oscillate between living with the stark reality of what it means to Black in this country while simultaneously finding moments of love and joy. This duality is hard to reconcile, and often comes in ways one least expects.

In September, as summer wound down, such an experience happened as we witnessed the historic win of Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew, who became…


As we revel in the young poet’s rising future, don’t forget there are other Black girls across the world who deserve to be uplifted

Black girl reading in front of her classmates at school.
Black girl reading in front of her classmates at school.
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Amanda Gorman, the youngest poet laureate, astounded America at President Joe Biden’s inauguration, delivering powerful words from her original work “The Hill We Climb.” Adorned in her natural braids and colorful headband, she stood confidently, reciting words of optimism, hope, and inspiration for a better America, a country for which we could all be co-creators.

Now a household name, Gorman also performed her awe-inspiring poetry at the Super Bowl earlier this month, a first for the NFL, an organization that continues to struggle with how it handles issues of racism and injustice. Most notably, the NFL is responsible for keeping…


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The summer of 2020 will be memorialized as a moment of truth for America; the summer that illuminated the ills of racial injustice. The day had finally arrived. The day in which white people awakened from eternal slumber, realizing their responsibility in solving the Rubik’s cube of racism. This was it…the moment of truth.

White people were woke — they read, they listened, they protested! White people wanted to do better; some welcomed uncomfortable conversations with their friends and family members, confronting, for the first time, anti-Black racism and misogynoir. …


US Capitol Insurrection-January 6th, 2021

January 6th, 2021 will be remembered as one of the darkest moments in American history. I watched in dismay as domestic terrorists stormed the people’s house, the US Capitol, an insurrection on American soil. I watched as a violent mob pushed through barricades, scaling walls, smashing windows, making it inside of a federal building. An egregious act at the request of a demagogue seated in the office of the president.

This blatant display of disrespect-a sea of whiteness, moving effortlessly without consequence or impunity. …


Last week marked the six anniversary of when Tamir Rice was murdered by police in Ohio for playing with a toy gun. Tamir was only 12 years old. 12. Many of us may remember 12 as a magical time of wonder and surprise. A time in which we dreamed, discovered, and began to come into our own. In mythology, the number 12 is symbolic, representative of perfection — the demarcation line between childhood and adolescence. The final age of innocence. A kind of innocence that Tamir Rice and so many other young Black boys are never granted.

I often think…


Illustration: Marcus Torres
Illustration: Marcus Torres

On the night of the election as the nation awaited the results, I went to bed with a deep pit in my stomach. I was uneasy because the 2020 presidential election was too close for my comfort. Although a projected winner had yet to be announced, sweeping across America was one clear winner. And, that winner is whiteness.

Whiteness convinced over 70 million people to vote in favor of an administration that has gone on record for being unapologetically racist. Yes, that tried-and-true racism harkening back to the days of Jim Crow that my grandparents navigated in the deep South…


Two summers ago in graduate school, one of my male classmates, Tom, noticed my hand had been raised for several minutes waiting to be called on by our male professor. Seeing the exasperation on my face, he interrupted and said, “I think we should hear from Ralinda, I know I can learn from what she has to say.” Tom’s deliberate gesture in choosing to center my voice was significant, as it underscored the importance of how men can help to amplify female voices in settings where male voices tend to dominate the conversation.

As we continue to gather remotely for…


In one of largest movements for racial justice amidst a global pandemic, I have noticed that many social media feeds are returning back to “normal.” A return to selfies, skin care tutorials, food photos, and everything in between. No judgement, just an observation of the direction we are headed in — backwards, into silence. Companies, brands, schools, organizations and individuals who posted black squares in June are now silent, on the things that matter most. Yet, when we think about the seminal moments of hate and trauma that rocked us to our core are the loudest. Waking up to news…


In predominantly white institutions, Black girls are often left out of the narrative when decisions are made on who receives resources and support.

In direct response to the global pandemic and schools transitioning to remote learning, recently, there has been a surge in conversations at the intersection of mental health and Black girls. It is evident that school communities need to think critically about what resources they are providing to help support Black girls as they navigate the realities of racial trauma in their everyday life. At school, Black girls are the target of racialized experiences, negatively impacting their emotional safety and well-being. …


For Black women, Self-Care Sunday has not only become a trending hashtag but an obligatory necessity in order to survive 2020. As the twin pandemics of Covid-19 and systemic racism continue to disproportionately impact Black women, now more than ever, self-care serves as both our rest and resistance in the pursuit of self-love.

In her new book, After the Rain, Author and Self-Care Facilitator, Alex Elle, helps to redefine what it means to be at true peace with our individual growth and transformation. She benevolently echoes the value of loving up on ourselves, including being self-forgiving, even when our…

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