Culture

Culture, Ethnicity, Justice

A Letter to My Son on My 28th Birthday

Jasmine HolmesApr 7, 2018

It’s your mama’s birthday today. You give her strength. You give her hope. You are the best gift she could ever ask for. She hopes you’re a gift of grace to this fragmented world.

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Culture, Ethnicity

Growing Up Black In the Purity Movement

Jasmine HolmesJan 10, 2018

This is my story, shared in the hope that it would help us to investigate and reexamine the birth of some of our priorities.

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Culture

Confessions Of A New Mississippian

Jasmine HolmesOct 22, 2017

The other day, I turned over my expired Texas license and officially admitted to the DMV that I am a permanent resident of Mississippi. I’ve been thinking a lot about what that means. Whenever someone asks me what it’s like living in Mississippi, I always say, “The Help.” To clarify, Kathryn Stockett is a genius,…

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Beauty, Culture, Ethnicity

Three Things That Will Help You Understand Natural Hair

Jasmine HolmesMay 25, 2017

This is not a complete apologetic on black hair care — but I hope it is helpful in spurring on this continuing conversation.

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Culture

Jordan Edwards, Racism, and the Church: This Is a Family Matter

Jasmine HolmesMay 2, 2017

The death of Jordan Edwards is yet another reminder that an honest family meeting to discuss matters of race, ethnicity, and justice is long past due. This conversation needs compassion rather than condemnation.

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Culture

Do You Trust Disney with Your Kids?

Jasmine HolmesMar 15, 2017

We cannot relegate the work of teaching our children to Disney or Pixar, to Dora or Sesame Street.

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Culture

“A Strong Black Woman” — Reflections on Feminism and Womanhood

Jasmine HolmesJan 22, 2014

Growing up, little girls are told, “Be a strong black woman, we need more of those.” I heard the challenge and accepted. But at some point, my goals radically changed.

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