About this Space

Shes.Got.the.Mic is a space for me to chronicle my thoughts and opinions about topics pertaining to race, class, and gender. I’m especially interested in how these topics relate to the representations and consumptions of  marginalized communities in popular culture. Shes.Got.the.Mic was to originally focus on Hip Hop. While I continue to be invested in chronicling the mark that Hip Hop is leaving on our culture, I am also interested in expanding the things that I explore by writing about topics like jazz, education, my heroes and heroines, colorism, the mixed race community, the representations of race in film, the fetishization of people of color, and so on.

Notes on the title… This blog is called Shes.Got.the.Mic, because I have noticed that even amongst the most considerate men, women continue to struggle to have the MIC to speak, and to be listened to when addressing issues that are important to us. Sometimes we are given the stage when speaking about issues pertaining to women—but, lately, even decisions specifically effecting us have been dominated by men.  This blog is my way of saying, “Yes I’m a woman, and yes, I have a voice, so give me my MIC, and listen!” I hope this blog encourages both women and men to engage in topics that are addressed here.

A word on previous stints of becoming a “blogger”: During my last attempt to becoming a “blogger,” I had defined ideas of how often I was going to post things, as well as what I was going to post. I think it would be more realistic to commit to posting things every once-in-awhile. The good news is, unlike my last attempts to “blogging,” I am now actually writing everyday. This means I am now likely to post something more than every 6 months…. But then again, I’m an educator at a school with little resources, so who knows what this blog will look like during report card time- just keepin’ it real this time around.


7 thoughts on “About this Space

    1. I’m so happy that you can find something of interest on my blog! I love reading books from the perspective of mixed race people, and would love to read your book, and review it on my blog. I’m especially interested in reading a book about mixed race people for young readers, so this is right up my alley. If you can send it soon, you can send it to my school RISE Community School with the ATT: Kirsti Peters. Thanks for reading, and I look forward to reading your book!

    1. Hi Crystal! Thank you so much for sending me a copy. I received a week ago. To be transparent, I’m in the middle of closing the year with my students, and am in the middle of a book for my book club, but I will definitely read it this summer, if not before then. I, will then write a version of a review on my blog. Thank you again for entrusting me with reading and reviewing your book!

  1. Omg, I have to read everything on your website. I met a guy two months ago (who is black; I am white) and falling in love has totally caught me blindsided. You’re not supposed to fall in love with a co-worker, first of all, who is 7 years younger than you, is not your usual “type”, speaks French (your second language that you often butcher) and who wants kids when you want to focus on your career, but I have never felt so similar to– and so at home with– anyone I’ve met. Across race, culture, language, and age gaps, I’m amazed that we can sit together and be so happy saying nothing, or laugh together and be hysterical. I went from thinking I was going to be single and childless for the rest of my life, to having found a true friend, and I have to figure out how to be a good mom to a mixed-race baby because omg, do I want to do right by this guy.

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