Grey Learns // A Groundbreaking Journalist, Strong Abolitionist and Feminist – Ida B. Wells

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idabwells-560x792.jpgIda B Wells had no time for your racism or sexism.

She was a groundbreaking journalist, a strong abolitionist and feminist who would stop at nothing to stop lynching in the United States.

Ida did not do things quietly and more often than not she had white mobs on her heels as she travelled through the south researching lynching cases and destroying the myth that lynching was a rightful punishment for black men accused of raping white women.

Cloud SeparationMary_Garrity_-_Ida_B._Wells-Barnett_-_Google_Art_Project_-_restoration_crop.jpgBorn into slavery in the height of the Civil War, Ida b Wells was only 3 years old when the slave trade was formally abolished in 1865.

Black men were getting the right to vote, giving them representation in government for the first time.

Her father was an illegitimate son and slave of a wealthy white man. He became active in politics after Emancipation and put a lot of importance on education…

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Broken Shards Of A Shattered Dream: Oh A Storm Is Threatening My Very Life Today Vol #8

There’s this myth that goes around, that if a snake bites you, you suck the venom out of it. It’s something that some people believe, for some reason, even though trying to suck the venom out will probably just kill you faster, and it certainly won't help. (If you’re bitten by a snake, you need … Continue reading Broken Shards Of A Shattered Dream: Oh A Storm Is Threatening My Very Life Today Vol #8

White Authors and Characters of Color


While I am specifically using this post as a piece for my Black History Month collection, please keep in mind that the overarching theme can be applied for all marginalized groups.

The inspiration for this article came from reading two separate posts about this topic, both written by white bloggers.

The first was a white man who wanted to include diverse characters in his stories, not only because he wanted to provide that representation, but because he wanted to make sure that as an ally he was doing it right. I very much appreciated that post.

The second was from a white woman who basically said that POC (and other minoritized groups) were sometimes “too sensitive” about the things that authors said…. So basically she believed that just because she personally didn’t find something offensive, then it wasn’t a big deal.

First, in my opinion, it is not a bad…

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#ButDon’tWantYouGetBetter: So, As A Neurotypical Person, What Does Depression Feel Like?

I’m not entirely sure if it’s possible to put what depression feels like into words for someone who is neurotypical, and has never experienced depression before. It’d be easy to say that depression is you experiencing the worst day you’ve ever had of your entire life, but over and over and over again, like a … Continue reading #ButDon’tWantYouGetBetter: So, As A Neurotypical Person, What Does Depression Feel Like?

So, You Want To Be A Writer: Tips, Tricks & Ideas Vol #4

People start writing for different reasons. Sometimes they see a blog as a personal diary, and if people read it, cool, and if not, also cool. Some people like reviewing certain things, and do so just for pleasure. Most of us just want to write, and a blog can be a decent outlet to do … Continue reading So, You Want To Be A Writer: Tips, Tricks & Ideas Vol #4

Hidden Figures & Small Great Things


Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here!

Last night, I finally got to see Hidden Figures (although I didn’t read the book) and it brought up some things that I feel need to be said.

First, if you have not seen this movie yet then I highly recommend that you do. Not just because it’s a good movie but because it’s a good history lesson.

As I’ve mentioned before (and I’m sure a lot of POC have had this discussion) it’s incredibly frustrating that we only learn any African American history during Black History Month and even then it’s only slavery and the same three civil rights activists.We hardly learn anything about Native American or Asian cultures and the only mention of anything Latinx/Hispanic is Spanish Colonialism. Then again, what do you expect when the authors of most history texts books are almost all white and predominately men.

The movie displays…

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The Weekly Catch-Up Vol #3

Monday So, You Want To Be A Writer Vol #3 Tuesday The Friendship Breakup: I'm Doing Better Than I Ever Was Wednesday Mindful Journey - I Don't Like Your Perfect Crime, How You Laugh When You Lie Vol #7 Thursday The Ex Files: Darling, I'm A Nightmare Dressed Like A Daydream Vol #9 #StopBlamingWomenMakeMenTheIssue: Toyah … Continue reading The Weekly Catch-Up Vol #3