I Can’t Rub My Brown Away

It’s hard to stay hidden when you’re the only brown girl in the room. I can’t slip into the background and hope no one notices me. I can’t rub my skin color away and blend into the sea of white. It’s hard to stay hidden when you have big, unruly hair that takes up space. […]

Cutting Bangs and Saying Yes

I let my friends cut my bangs last year. It wasn’t a cry for help or an emotional breakdown. Rather, I was complaining to my friends during a girls night out about how much I’ve always wanted bangs and how every stylist I’ve met shook their head and said, “Oh honey, that’s not for you.” […]

Teaching a Pessimist to Pray

Hal the Owl Be Your Name When I was young, my mom recited the Lord’s Prayer before bed regularly. I would keep my eyes shut and obediently repeat after her, “Hal the Owl be your name.” Why did Jesus like owls so much? I wasn’t quite sure but I didn’t question it. Prayer was this […]

Dear White Supremacist

Dear White Supremacist, Do you think we would ever sit at a table and share a meal together? Would we ever share our stories, fears, thoughts and opinions with each other? Would we look into each other’s eyes, and see our own reflections? Do we belong to each other? I’ve been wondering this for a […]

Teach Me How to Age Well

To the women in my life, Please don’t be afraid of aging. I know you’re weary of stretch marks and wrinkled skin and saggy boobs. I know you strategically drape your sarees to cover your belly, and constantly keep checking to see if your shirt covers your flabby arms. I see you restocking products that […]