Cover Photo: An image of a black woman smiling in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France
How a Black Girl Learned To Fly

As the plane began to taxi, the first line of the comic Riri Williams: Ironheart #1 danced in my mind: “I was never meant to fly.”

Feb 24, 2020
Cover Photo: photograph of a bird in flight against a blue sky and white wispy clouds
The Giant

It was here that Dad told me the story. I didn’t know where the story had come from, or how long he’d carried it inside him.

Cover Photo: An illustration of a mountaintop against a bright, sun-filled sky with a figure standing at the peak as three others descend the slopes
In Search of Wonder in Iseyin

It’s Nigeria, after all. Hope is what keeps many alive. In plethora of sufferings and fears, prayers abound.

Feb 20, 2020

In honor of Black History Month

Cover Photo: Photography by Tore Sætre/Wikimedia
For Black Women, Love Is a Dangerous Thing—“Bitter” Showed Me How to Do It Anyway
I imagine she wrote it for women like me. Women who wear their hearts on their sleeves but hold their hands over their mouths.
Aug 01, 2019
Cover Photo: Illustration by Celia Jacobs for Catapult
Why We Shouldn’t Call Adoptees “Lucky”
If all adoptees felt not only safe, but empowered in their families and their communities, I would feel better—but not lucky.
Sep 17, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of the author sitting in a backyard in Paris.
In an America on Fire, Baldwin’s Legacy Led Me to Paris
Just as America’s horrors led Baldwin to flee decades before, I waded through my own fear as a gay, black man coming of age in an America burning once again.
Dec 02, 2019
Cover Photo: A panoramic view of the mountainous countryside of Laos: rocky crags covered in lush trees, wide open fields, and a bright sky blanketed with fluffy clouds
For My Immigrant Parents, a Vacation Is a Reprieve from Labor—for Me, It’s a Time to Work
My parents wanted to give me opportunities that they never had, to let me participate in bizarre American rites of passage.
Nov 21, 2019
Cover Photo: A close-up of a statue of a qilin, a mythical beast of Chinese origin
Where Once Were Qilin: Return to Nanjing
What did it mean that now both the villages and the qilin were gone? This portal to the ancestors gone forever.
Oct 16, 2019
Cover Photo: A passport from the United Kingdom  on a stone surface
Why Do Borders and Passports Dictate What Country I Get to Call Home?
The contours of a border become a lot less rigid when you carry what are deemed to be the right documents.
Sep 19, 2019
Cover Photo: A photo of a woman from behind, facing the beach, a flower crown on her head. There is the air of something just about to happen.
Skin Hunger
She, too, often felt she would die if she went without physical contact. She worried sometimes that this meant she was becoming one of them.
Feb 14, 2020
Cover Photo: illustration of three sisters looking at a church that looms over them
If You’re Waiting for a Sign
April says the people at church don’t talk to us because they’re motherfuckers.
Jan 31, 2020
Cover Photo: Three shot glasses full of clear alcohol against a black background,  a different slice of fruit diving into each, lighting the drink up with their neon glows—orange, red, blue—splashing brightly into the darkness.
You Do You
She updates the simple bio on her dating profile: “looking for nothing serious. I am really into knives. Really, really into knives, ask me about it.”
Jan 10, 2020