Do Yourself a Favor, listen to A Seat at the Table

I’m currently three songs in and I am fighting myself from crying just so I can write this. Listen, from someone who before this moment has not musically been a Solange fan, I’m telling you to stop reading this right now and go listen to this album! I could dissect each track on the album,…

Op-Ed: How Trayvon Martin Made Me Quit My Job

Four years ago the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin changed the course of my career and my life. In 2012 while working for Coca Cola the tragic news of the shooting hit. I was devastated and like many of my peers, identified with the slain teenager. I lived in a gated community in Central Florida,…

You Should be Reading The Black Panther Comic Book

The fifth issue of The Black Panther comic book series has been recently released, and it is still as great as the initial four! As an admitted Ta-Nehisi Coates fan, I can acknowledge that I was a bit skeptical of how his writing would transfer to a comic strip, but all along I have been…

My Heroes Don’t Wear Capes: the Vastness of #BlackGirlMagic

“The women whom I love and admire for their strength and grace did not get that way because shit worked out. They got that way because shit went wrong, and they handled it. They handled it in a thousand different ways on a thousand different days, but they handled it. Those women are my superheroes.”…

9 Poems You Shouldn’t Die Without Reading

1. “Untitled” how far have you walked for men who’ve never held your feet in their laps? how often have you bartered with bone, only to sell yourself short? why do you find the unavailable so alluring? where did it begin? what went wrong? and who made you feel so worthless? if they wanted you,…

“Is it too late for me to come out of the closet?”

A reader emailed me this question a few months ago, and it has taken me quite some time to respond. After a lot of self-reflection I have determined that this was so hard for me to respond to because initially this was an idea to which I couldn’t relate. Seriously, my coming out at the…

To Pimp a Butterfly (album review)

Kendrick Lamar   I still remember clearly the day I was fully introduced to the force of Kendrick Lamar (K dot). It was a hot summer day, a few years back, in Chicago. His name had been mentioned to me a few times before, but as a hip-hop elitist I didn’t give his music a…

Ferguson? Mike Brown? It STILL Matters!

During the height of protests in Ferguson, Missouri I wrote the piece below. I find it fitting to share it again as so many non-melanated and melanated folk alike are up in arms with Beyonce for: 1. Celebrating the amazingness and strength of Black culture, and 2. honoring the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther…

How Following My Instinct Changed My Life

September 2, 2013 Nearly 4 years ago I embarked on a life-changing endeavor; I decided to continue my education and pursue graduate studies. At the time I was uncertain of which school I wanted to attend, but I knew what I wanted to study and that is always half the battle. Contrary to my natural…

How the people of color stole the Super Bowl!

The people of color definitely stole the Super Bowl! While watching it I couldn’t contain the little girl in me who dreamed of marrying both Malcolm X and Huey P. Newton. Not only was the singing on point, but the guy and girl power! Come through!!!! I know that white people are upset and are…

Why I’m (mostly) pro ANTI

Now on my third listen of ANTI, Rihanna’s newest album, I must admit that I’m almost a complete fan of the album. My desire is to say that the album is 100% great, but there are some areas causing me to feel slightly perplexed. “Consideration” featuring SZA: the first song of the album drops with…

Black History Month Contest

During the month of February, F.Y.B?Conscious will be hosting a very exciting Black history knowledge contest! The rules are simple: 1. Each day we will post a picture and short biography on our Instagram page (@msmalcolmhughes_psa) at 11 am EST. [Make sure to go like our page so that you never miss a post!]. 2….

Little League Star, Mo’ne Davis, Launches Shoe Line!

We all know and fell in love with, Mo’ne Davis during her time as a pitcher in the World Series with fastballs being recorded at an amazing 70 mph. Though that feat was amazing enough–the little league star has now released a shoe collection that benefits impoverished girls. Davis partnered with M4D3 (Make A Difference…

The Self-Hate of “Slut Shaming”

Slut, as defined by Google: 1. A woman who has many casual sexual partners. 2. A woman with low standards of cleanliness. Slut Shaming, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries: 1. The action or fact of stigmatizing a woman for engaging in behavior judged to be promiscuous or sexually provocative. Slut Shaming, as defined by Duhaime​…

The Birth of A Nation – The Nat Turner Movie

Originally posted on Black Raleigh:
? A first look at images from Nate Parker’s long awaited ‘The Birth of a Nation” have arrived. Nat Parker wrote, directed and is staring in the pivotal role. The official synopsis reads: Set against the antebellum South, this story follows Nat Turner, a literate slave preacher, whose financially strained…

My Only Goal for 2016

My strategy for success in 2016 is simple, to not lose my mind. Overall, 2015 has been a year of accomplishments, but it has also been a year of closing chapters–especially this final quarter. Last month, October 2015, my grandmother made her transition to the afterlife. In September, I went home to visit her because…

Do African Americans abroad experience white privilege?

In a recent article for The Washington Post Saul Williams discusses the freedom and privilege of being African American abroad. At one point he states, “hey, if you want to experience white privilege, hop on a plane and go anywhere with your American passport and you will experience American privilege and you’ll be able to…

17 Must see Black Lesbian/Queer web series, movies and documentaries

After attending a screening of The Same Difference, a friend and I had lunch with fellow moviegoers and we discussed the web series we watch. After an impassioned conversation, a friend stated that there needed to be a comprehensive list somewhere. Now, we have one. As I discover new series, movies, and documentaries I will…

8 things that made us question humanity in 2015

There are too many occurrences to incorporate here, so I undertook the seemingly impossible task of only choosing eight. 1. Charleston Terrorist attack We sat paralyzed as we all wondered was it 2015 or 1963. Sometimes I feel so many emotions at one time that it is difficult to determine which is more poignant. This…