Having survived over 400 years of direct oppression, the correct classification for us is PURE MAGIC.

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Let’s start from the beginning to address every person who continues to accuse Black people of “playing the victim” when speaking about systemic racism.

Many of us in America are direct descendants of men and women who endured unthinkable atrocities at the hands of vicious, brutal, and greedy colonizers who…

No one can be you better than YOU

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I thoroughly enjoy being a Black woman.

Dealing with racism and discrimination is no picnic, but I still love being in my skin and wouldn’t trade it for the world.

I believe we were all put on this earth with a specific purpose to fulfill and those born into adversity…

It’s been a while since we’ve chatted — just thought I’d check-in

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Thanks for taking the time to hear the honest thoughts of a Black woman.

It’s been a while since I’ve attempted to facilitate this much-needed conversation between Black and White women, particularly those who bear the name “Mom” because as women, we are the first teachers of new generations. …

It was easier to just be myself

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It took fifty years for me to carve out my own space, dump all my belongings into it, and happily claim it as the place I could exist without worries of judgments or limitations.

You can imagine how long the first forty-nine years of my life have been.

I spent…

My trip to the happiest neighborhood on earth couldn’t save me from the loss of my lifetime

Photo courtesy of the author. Gravesite of the author’s beloved mother, Pauline Gloria Coats.

Sunny Day
Sweepin’ the clouds away
On my way to where the air is sweet
Can you tell me how to get
How to get to Sesame Street? — Raposo, J. (1969) Sesame Street Theme Song

I happily sang along with the children whose voices filled the speakers of my…

I owe it to those who came before me

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“The function of freedom is to free someone else.” — Toni Morrison

I could never fully begrudge the time I spend working.

I am human so naturally, there are days when I’m less than enthusiastic to wake up early and join the rat race, but the voices in the back…

The assumption that Black women have “super-human strength” is a by-product of our ongoing dehumanization

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“We also have to focus on ourselves, because at the end of the day we’re human, too,” Biles said, according to The Associated Press. “We have to protect our mind and our body, rather than just go out there and do what the world wants us to do.” …

I’m in this club, but I think my premium benefits got denied

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I’ve read several articles lately that caught my attention about the recent changes and new programs on Medium.

From the bonuses that were distributed over the past few months to the change in algorithms to the over-saturation of new writers infiltrating this platform within the past year (guilty, I joined…

The dismissal and denial of America’s true history created a monster that is not just a “Black issue”

Photo by British Library on Unsplash, Enslaved humans cutting the sugar cane on the Island of Antigua, 1823

There are White people who comment on my articles with words dripping with disdain at my audacity to continue to discuss the events of slavery.

I’ve become very familiar with the following statements:

“Slavery was hundreds of years ago. Why are Black people still talking about it?”

“I wasn’t even…

Every form of therapy encourages patients to revisit their past to facilitate healing — America would be wise to follow suit.

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I was abused physically, mentally, and sexually by my ex-husband who was my first real boyfriend and my first introduction to romantic relationships.

I met him when I was an 18-year-old bright-eyed, innocent college freshman. The first ten years of my adult life were entrenched in fear, pain, trauma, confusion…

Jeanette C. Espinoza

Mom of 2 amazing humans | Author of 3 books | Speaker | Activist | Creator of Jeanette’s Jewels www.jeanettecespinoza.com

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