“These (white) individuals believe I owe them explanations of who I am so they will know where and how to file my brown presence with a suitable label, thereby establishing my validity as an American. These (white) individuals believe it’s their right to put their hands on me because I am different from. Ultimately, these these are questions of (white) entitlement over people of color’s bodies, because it’s never brown or black people who ask invasive questions or cross physical boundaries. They probably have it happen often enough to understand how degrading and humiliating it is to have someone treat you like a zoo or sideshow exhibit.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, November 2016.
“My tattoos teach me how to own myself, to shape my figure into who I want to be, not the person anyone else expects. My new curves make me feel solid and present in my body like I’ve never felt before, fierce and strong. And now all I need is a sparkling plus-size sari to pour all this fabulousness into.” For Wear Your Voice Mag, August 2016.
“”State of Love and Trust” and “Breath” were the first songs of yours I ever heard, off the soundtrack to Cameron Crowe’s film Singles when I was 13.” My 33rd article for Huffington Post, published in the Entertainment column, May 2016.
Ultimately, we’re not passive recipients of love or happiness. In so many ways we’re taught to sit back and wait for love, wait for happiness, wait for satisfaction to find us when that’s not how it works at all. We ourselves are the active participants in the promotion or prevention of our own lives.” My 27th article for HuffPost, published in Feb 2016.
“Abrams did a marvelous job of complicating the notion that just because you may fight for the side of Light, that doesn’t mean you’re a good person, just as fighting for the side of Dark doesn’t necessarily make you a bad person.” My 26th article for HuffPost, published in February 2016.