Raw and Real

By: Gabriela Yareliz Part I: I Almost Loved You Okay, so we are back for our last post in the Beyoncé series, looking at a mélange of songs by Beyoncé, starting with “Best Thing I Never Had.” A song that made it to #16 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart according to Wiki. There isContinue reading “Raw and Real”

An Uncomfortable Topic

By: Gabriela Yareliz A scene keeps playing over and over again, in my head. Summer of 2009, I visited France and did a stage with the French government. We were living in a small French mariner village. I gathered with young people from around the world (whom I love— friends for life), and what weContinue reading “An Uncomfortable Topic”

Weaponizing Race

By: Gabriela Yareliz This is probably not a spiel you are used to, so hear me out: Today, I witnessed a disturbing thing on a playground. Let me set up the scene: It was a new playground, with a very cool and unique swing. There was only one of these swings, and two sisters wereContinue reading “Weaponizing Race”

I Am Not Your Spic

By: Gabriela Yareliz I Am Not Your Negro (film) was a pretty emotional experience for me. It was probably emotional for every person who one day woke up and realized that he or she was being treated differently than his or her white counterparts. It was also probably a provocative affair for those watching who haveContinue reading “I Am Not Your Spic”