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Erin White

Editorial Assistant and Content Creator

Location icon United States of America

I write about culture and politics through an intersectional black feminist lens.

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AFROPUNK
07/01/2019
FAT GIRL SEX: THE POWER OF QUEENING | AFROPUNK

Fat Girl Sex is a weekly sex column devoted to the celebration of the sexual empowerment of women, body and sex positivity featuring personal meandering about all the nasty things we do in the dark. Boy, oh, boy, the orgasms I have faked.

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03/07/2019
QUEER, BLACK & BLUE: SISTER ROSETTA THARPE IS MUVA OF THEM ALL | AFROPUNK

Rock-n-Roll was invented by a queer Black woman born in 1915 Arkansas. Your disordered hardcore punk rock was sanctioned by a kinky-haired Black girl born to two cotton pickers in the Jim Crow South. The electric guitar was first played in ways very few people could have ever imagined by a woman who wasn't even allowed to play at music venues around the country.

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04/30/2019
BLACK UTOPIAS: MY PUSSY, MY PARADISE | AFROPUNK

The first thing I learned about my pussy was to hide it. "Close your legs, girl." My granny would say in a harsh whisper. Wacking the side of my knee with her purse as we sat in a Black baptist church pew. No one could see my cotton undies in the first place.

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06/25/2019
BABY PHAT, FENTY: WHY NO LOVE FOR FAT GIRLS? | AFROPUNK

Y'all...when I heard Baby Phat was back...my 14-year-old baby thot heart was so warmed, let me tell you. Instantly, I was transported back to the bus stop bundled up in my brown and gold fur-lined bomber jacket from The Burlington Coat factory's Jr. Plus section. And, boy, did I think I was fly.

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07/12/2019
FAT GIRL SEX: THREE KINDA IS A CROWD | AFROPUNK

Fat Girl Sex is a weekly sex column devoted to the celebration of the sexual empowerment of women, body and sex positivity featuring personal meandering about all the nasty things we do in the dark. The truth is that sometimes... three really are a crowd.

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06/13/2019
MISSY ELLIOTT IS A VISIONARY HIP-HOP ICON, BOW DOWN! | AFROPUNK

A week ago, Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Already a cultural icon in her own right, it seems like the mainstream is finally giving her what she has earned: critical acclaim and reverence. Even though it has been 14 years since her last full-length album.

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05/03/2019
BLACK FOLKS: CUT THE TRANSPHOBIC BULLSHIT | AFROPUNK

Yo, I am sick of you transphobic, pseudo-scientific, miserable fucks. Y'all gotta stop. And before you head to the comments to come for me, let me say: I'm not debating, I'm scolding you. In the comment section of a pos t we wrote last week, many ashy negros had the AUDACITY to fix their fingers to defend a private organization from accepting individuals because they are trans.

AFROPUNK
03/20/2019
WHM: KAT BLAQUE IS OUR RADICAL DIGITAL QUEEN | AFROPUNK

For the past decade, Kat Blaque has been one of the strongest activists voices on social media. A vlogger, personality, and advocate, Kat has used her platform to discuss her identity as a trans woman as well as the intersection of race, class, pop culture and political commentary to educate others.

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12/13/2017
INTERVIEW: All hail the fashion Queen of Wakanda, costume designer Ruth E. Carter | AFROPUNK

Royalty in her own right, 'Black Panther' costume designer Ruth E. Cater, Academy Award-nominated costume designer, is the mastermind behind some of the greatest fashion moments in cinema over the last 30 years. Her big break happened when a friend and fellow alumni of Hampton University connected her with soon-to-be legend Spike Lee, who hired ...

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05/11/2017
F*ck like a fat girl: radical self-love for goddess sex | AFROPUNK

For fat girls/women, in my fat woman experience, being sexually active was/is somewhat dubious. As a life-long femme fattie, the only time I heard about fat girls having sex was as the butt of a joke or as the description of a fetish. Never being shown a normalized image of fat sex and fat women ...

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07/18/2017
Having white friends comes with trauma I'm not willing to deal with anymore | AFROPUNK

I can't take no 'mo, White People. I can't answer anymore White People demanding an explanation for why something is "racist". I can't take anymore White People sending me videos of Black People being murdered without thinking of how it will affect me. I can't sit through any more arguments for why race "isn't always [...]

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04/09/2019
ST. LOUIS COPS SEEK PERMISSION TO MACE, PEPPER-SPRAY NON-VIOLENT PROTESTORS | AFROPUNK

Everything I've learned about St. Louis in recent years has to do with the abusive police there. Whether it's police officers are delighting in beating up peaceful protestors or the federal report outlining systematic racism and targeted abuse of Black communities, politics and law enforcement in Missouri's capital city are corrupt beyond belief.

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03/14/2019
EDUCATION ACCESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN A WHITE PEOPLE SCAM | AFROPUNK

Rich, white folks are so ghetto. And don't let anyone tell you otherwise. The most recent example of this ratchedness is the college admission scandal involving 'ol girl from Desperate Housewives and Aunt Becky from Full House. And giiiirl, this shit is wild. I mean, we all knew that buying and flexing your way into ...

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11/07/2017
To white mothers of black kids: acknowledge their race | AFROPUNK

Professional Prom Queen candidate Kim Kardashian issued an unnecessary apology over the weekend after paying homage to Babygirl Aaliyah with one of her Halloween costumes. While not in blackface, a complaint that has been levied against her before, it's fair to assume the Twitterverse was annoyed by yet another Kardashian imitation of black womanhood.

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02/19/2018
Killmonger is the real hero for those who refuse to assimilate into an elitist Blackness that...

Spoilers: For many, Killmonger represents the distinction between black excellence and black elitism by calling attention to the systematic oppression of black people of the diaspora while the people of Wakanda are, essentially, hoarding resources and isolating themselves from reality while black people suffer. In the case of Black Panther, the blacks of Wakanda have ...

AFROPUNK
11/01/2017
Afro-Latinx experience spotlighted at National Museum of African American History & Culture |...

Often forgotten in the conversations about African-American history and heritage, Afro-Latinx experience is the focus of The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture's Latino Studies department. Curated by Ariana Curtis, her work at the museum "explore[s] what Latino history and culture look like through the African American lens."

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