Loud Mouth Reading List: Week of March 18th





Our Nails Will Shine Forever: The History Of Acrylics And Appropriation

Brooklyn White

"We fearlessly create our own cool and as much as people resist and complain, the masses still follow suit. We rarely have to look beyond ourselves for the next big thing in fashion, art, or literature. Instead, we carve out our own lane and thus construct our own beauty ideals. Our collective confidence has and will continue to skyrocket due to our ability to x-out any naysayer and press forward in our journey toward self-love."



Black Health Matters

Jenna Wortham

"Ms. Leigh’s work is carried out in the black radical tradition, one that declares that holistic health care is not a luxury, but rather an act of resilience, survival and disobedience — a necessity. “If you can’t be a human being in public, you take it to a private place,” she said.

Making space to deal with the psychological toll of racism is absolutely necessary. "



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Life Balms — Vol. 1: Hannah Giorgis on Cooking and What It Means to Be Beautiful

Amani Bin Shikhan

“I’d always been at least vaguely interested in cooking and baking (insert oldest immigrant daughter joke here), but it definitely became a source of comfort after the election, largely because it was a means of creating that allowed me to lean into the visceral rather than the intellectual. As a writer and editor, I’m in my head all the time, even when I think I’m not.

The beauty of making a seven-hour oxtail ragù isn’t just that I get to eat it or share it with friends after. It’s also a lesson in patience, a chance to use my hands to produce something tangible, an opportunity to flex sensory muscles I don’t prioritize exercising throughout the workday.”



The Orange Peel

Celeste Scott

"Showers became a daily avenue for self-discovery. Running conditions and shampoo through my newly formed curls was a gentle reminder of the ways in which softness can be powerful. Much like soft curls that spin in every which way, soft power is adaptable and ever-changing. There is no rigidity in softness. Rules and regulations do not apply. There is only grace and patience. Softness doesn't beg for the appearance of power. It just simply is.'"

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The Power of Self-Preservation: On Redefining Resilience and Resistance

Sundai Johnson

“Black women have historically been socialized to work in service to others. We have been conditioned to embody a posture of servitude, despite ourselves. Self-preservation creates space for vulnerability in the lives of Black women and resists the notion that we are designed solely for work and service.

We are then able to claim more power over re-defining our own individualized identities outside the framework of how we may be perceived, and can move freely within our own existence.”

Deria MatthewsComment