Maisha Z Johnson

Maisha Z Johnson

Writing and digital media

Intersectional feminism, racism, pop culture, domestic violence, sexual violence, LGBTQ, bisexuality, cultural appropriation, healing, self-care, police violence, creativity

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What's Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm

If cultural appropriation doesn't seem like a big deal to you, you're missing something big. Here's what you need to know....

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How to Participate in the Movement When You're in a Funk - BGD

Here’s some of what I’m learning about participating in the activism through anxiety, depression, and healing from trauma.

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What We Can All Learn From Nicki Minaj Schooling Miley Cyrus on Tone Policing

The confrontation between Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus at the VMAs. Here’s why this author’s on #TeamNicki – and what you need to know to avoid being part of the problem of tone policing.

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Your Great Ideas Are Someone Else’s, Too. Now What?

You’re full of brilliant ideas. If someone else gets to your idea first, here are three ways to respond.

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3 Ways to Keep Yourself Safe When You’re Not Ready to Leave Your Abusive Partner

When she was being abused, she only found advice on how to leave an abusive partner. But if you’re not ready to leave, here are some tips on how to care for yourself in these difficult times.

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4 Ways to NOT Respond to Celebrity Intimate Partner Violence

“Why didn’t she just leave?” With Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as the latest high-profile domestic violence case, people are spreading damaging myths.

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What Good Is Science Fiction to Black People? - BGD

What Good Is Science Fiction to Black People? - BGD...

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10 Ways the Beauty Industry Tells You Being Beautiful Means Being White

Can you relate to her struggle to feel beautiful? Read this and you’ll be appalled at the terrible ways beauty companies put down women of color – and you’ll understand why this matters.

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A 5-Step Guide for Macklemore and White Allies Afraid of Doing Anti-Racism ‘Wrong’

How can white allies know how when to speak up and when to step back? Get some tips with this look at the Macklemore “White Privilege II” debate, and at Sam Smith, Iggy Azalea, and other white artists influenced by black music.

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8 Relationship Reminders for Bisexual Women That You Don’t Get Nearly Enough

Did you catch the media’s biphobia about Amber Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp? We get way too much of that, so here’s the opposite – loving reminders for bisexual women.

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5 Ways People Excuse Police Violence Against Black Youth – And What They’re Missing

“The police were just doing their job!” If you’ve had any of these five thoughts after the assault at Spring Valley High or these other awful incidents, here’s why blaming Black youth is so terribly misguided.

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What’s Really Going on With the Word “Thug” – and Why I’m Not Ready to Let it Go

In response to the media coverage of the Baltimore uprising, some are asking if “thug” is “the new n-word.”

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7 Reasons Why White People Should Not Wear Black Hairstyles

Wondering what the big deal is about Kylie Jenner and other white people wearing traditionally black hairstyles? Read this and you’ll know why it’s not “just hair.”

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6 Awful Things That Happen When We Think ‘Good’ People Can’t Be Rapists or Abusers

Whether they’re celebrities or people we know, we tend to believe “good” people are nothing like the “monsters” who rape and abuse. But here’s why we need to drop this idea – for survivors, for community, and for yourself.

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6 Unexpected Ways I’ve Healed From Gaslighting Abuse and Learned to Trust Myself Again

I could've sworn I told him I was working late.