“If corporate media and pop culture are active volcanoes,
Tamara Winfrey Harris is a clear-eyed excavator
who can help us make sense of their constant, painful eruptions.”

– Jennifer Pozner, Executive Director at Women in Media & News

There were no children among the enslaved in antebellum America, just property that had not yet come into its full usefulness. What people who believe that slavery ended in 1865 do not understand is that the mind-set created by that atrocity lives now.

“The racism that was an integral feature of American slavery robbed black girls and boys of their childhoods. And as I weigh the experiences of modern black girls in the United States, I am forced to ask: what has changed? They are rarely presumed innocent, treated gingerly, or given the benefit of the doubt outside black homes and communities (and sometimes not even there). In 2017, black girls still cannot be children.

“If America Had Believed Black Girls Were Girls”

from The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery, Feb 2018

“It is not as if I ever thought American racism and sexism were dead. I have witnessed far too much of them.
I simply thought they were less naked,
that they had different limits.”

Some of Us Are Brave

Bitch Magazine, Apr 2017

The Real Work of Being an Ally

NY Magazine, Jan 2017

“Centuries later, black female sexuality is still a source of moral panic because change takes ages, and stereotypes — especially entrenched ones — are hard AF to undo.”

What We Get Wrong About Black Women’s Sexuality

Cosmopolitan, Feb 2016

A Black Mom-in-Chief is Revolutionary

Clutch Magazine, Sept 2009

Making Peace with Tyler Perry

Clutch Magazine, Sept 2009

Natural Hair is Not Unhealthy

Newsweek, Oct 2009