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Today on #MelaninMonday I congratulate my love for graduating from UCLA this weekend, earning her BA in Sociology.
She will be attending The University of Laverne in the fall to pursue her Masters degree in Health Administration.
The love I have for this woman is out of this world, she is the definition of a Strong Black Queen 👑💕
Read her story here 👇🏾
https://m.facebook.com/becauseofthemwecan/photos/a.165962343453659.38563.164638963585997/839924306057456/?type=1
I love you Shay!😘

“I am a person of color, working-class, born to a single mother, but I stand before you tonight an artist, an actress and a sister and a daughter, and I believe that it is important to name the multiple parts of my identity because I am not just one thing, and neither are you.”

-Laverne Cox speaking at the University of Kentucky

The incredible Laverne Cox wearing ‪‎the Chromat‬ Underwire Bralette in Oyster Magazine!

People that Need to Voice Characters in Steven Universe

• Samira Wiley
• Danielle Brooks
• Laverne Cox
• Kate Mulgrew
• Basically everyone on oitnb except piper and Alex.
• Beyoncé (could you fuckin imagine)

Ariel sat in the back seat of my car staring down at her cell phone, her black bangs covering her eyes. Todd sat next to me as I drove, equally transfixed by his phone. I was expecting a more celebratory mood as we made our way out of Minneapolis. I didn’t know much about Ariel and Todd, only that they both identified as LGBTQ and had experienced homelessness; we had recently met through a host home program that I work with. Now, we were on our way to Minnesota State University to hear Laverne Cox speak.

As way to break the awkward silence in the car I asked Ariel and Todd if they were fans of Orange Is the New Black. They both shook their heads. Cox, a breakout star from the hugely popular Netflix series, is a self-described ‘proud, African-American transgender woman.’ Neither of them had seen it. Did they watch Laverne when she was on VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy? No, they both said. Why then, I asked, had they agreed to this trip to see her tonight?


'Because she’s a celebrity,’ Ariel responded, briefly glancing up. 'I’ve never met a celebrity. And she’s trans like me.’

—  Finding a Way Home | Ryan Berg for Slate