Evette Dionne is a Black Feminist culture writer and editor. Her reported features, commentaries and personal essays have been published in multiple digital and print publications, including the New York Times, Bitch Magazine, Bustle, VIBE Magazine, The Toast, Refinery29, Clutch Magazine, and MIC. Dionne is also a media scholar who researches Black female sexuality and pleasure in media texts. She is based in Denver .

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'Big Little Lies' Has One Major Flaw

The HBO miniseries Big Little Lies aired its final episode on Sunday, April 3, and brought closure to a seven-episode stretch of some of cable’s best television. At its core, Big Little Lies is about ...
By Evette Dionne

'Shots Fired' Confronts Police Shootings In The Way That TV Needs

America is embroiled in a national conversation about the relationship between race and policing. The Guardian's The Counted found that, between 2015 and 2017, police officers killed 2,038 Americans. ...
By Evette Dionne

What 'Get Out' Reveals About White Women & Racism

Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, Get Out, is a masterful psychological thriller. There’s mind-bending hypnotism, perfectly-timed scares — and, perhaps most importantly, historical context around the...
By Evette Dionne

The Powerful Meaning Behind Beyonce's Grammys Look

Beyoncé broke new ground with her 2017 Grammys performance on Feb. 13: Not only did she sing two songs she never performed live before , but she also centered her Black womanhood, her deep Southern ro...
By Evette Dionne

A Cover Isn't Fashion's Biggest Diversity Problem

On February 8, Vogue revealed a cover that they called a "Great Beauty Shakeup." It featured a more-diverse-than-usual cast of models, including Ashley Graham, Imaan Hamman, Vittoria Ceretti, Adwoa Ab...
By Evette Dionne

A Quick Lesson On Black History For Trump

For two years, I taught some variation of English Language Arts to eighth graders and tenth graders. As I conducted Socratic Circles, an assessment that allows students to exchange ideas about injusti...
By Evette Dionne

I'm Still Waiting For MLK's Dream To Come True

Fifty-three years ago, on August 28, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic "I Have A Dream" speech. While King has been mostly sanitized as America's hero, "I Hav...
By Evette Dionne

What This Olympics Victory Means For Black Women

The USA women's gymnastics team is on a roll. The "Final Five" team snagged the gold medal for the team competition on Tuesday, and the superb group made history by
By Evette Dionne

What The New $20 Bill Means To Me As A Black Woman

On April 20, The U.S. Treasury announced an unexpected move to diversify America’s currency: By 2030 or sooner, America’s money will feature radical freedom fighters on the front and back of the $...
By Evette Dionne

What MHP's Show Meant To Me As A Black Woman

MSNBC is continuing the removal of black people from its lineup by ending its relationship with Melissa Harris-Perry. The acclaimed political scientist, professor, and writer has hosted the eponymous ...
By Evette Dionne

Beyonce's "Formation" Is A Radical Statement

I love being black. I love being a black woman even more. And apparently, so does Beyoncé. Her latest music video, "Formation," is a call to arms for black women. When Solange Knowles, Bey’s fierc...
By Evette Dionne

Why Opposing Gun Control Is Downright Unchristian

Once again, America is reeling after another round of mass shootings. On Wednesday morning, two alleged assailants opened fire at San Bernardino, California's Inland Regional Center, a state-run facil...
By Evette Dionne

Why Teaching Gave Me A Nervous Breakdown

I was slouched in the driver's seat of my Volkswagen Jetta when my nervous breakdown started. Tears cascaded down my cheeks as I attempted to will myself out of the car and into the high school where ...
By Evette Dionne

Why I Think 'EBONY's Cosby Cover Nailed It

When Ebony magazine unleashed their November "Family Issues" cover on Oct. 15, there was a deafening response. The controversial cover features an iconic image of the Huxtables, the fictional family o...
By Evette Dionne

How Bill Cosby Once Slut-Shamed Me

Comedian and actor Bill Cosby is an alleged serial rapist. More than 30 women have accused him of drugging and raping them, including famed supermodels Beverly Johnson and Janice Dickinson, thoug...
By Evette Dionne

The Real History Of Mother's Day

Retail stores have been undergoing a transformation over the past few weeks, in preparation for the shopping bonanza otherwise known as Mother’s Day. Signs directing us to aisles full of bears, purses...
By Evette Dionne

You Know, Police Kill Black Women Too

Protestors in New York flooded the streets last week, toting signs that blazed with images and phrases about cruel injustice. Just a week after similar events in Ferguson, a grand jury ruled that Dani...
By Evette Dionne

How Can I Explain Ferguson To My Students?

My job is to teach eighth graders about systemic injustices, like racism, transphobia, sexism, and socioeconomic classism. All eighth graders in my charter school's network (who are mostly student...
By Evette Dionne

Don't Apply White Beauty Standards To Black Women

If you've checked Twitter or the intersectional feminist blogosphere today, you may be familiar with the #LessClassicallyBeautiful hashtag that's trending on Twitter in response to a New
By Evette Dionne

The Black Woman’s Investment in Beyonce and Jay Z

On Sunday night, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter was presented with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by her husband, Jay Z, and daughter, Blue Ivy, at the MTV Video Music Awards. As a smile crossed
By Evette Dionne

Why Jada’s Lipstick Matters

Bright lipstick is for hussies, gal. Take that off. That's what my next door neighbor, a black woman in her early 60s, told me as I walked past her on my way to school. My lips were red that morni...
By Evette Dionne

I Have HPV, and I Got The Vaccine

As I slid off the examination table after my annual pap smear, my gynecologist said the same thing he always did: “All looks good down there, Evette. No news is good news.” His words never failed to ...
By Evette Dionne

11 Things You Should Know About Yuri Kochiyama

The world is mourning the loss of another gem. Yuri Kochiyama, a Japanese-American civil rights activist, died Sunday of natural causes in Berkeley, Calif at age 93. In a life that spanned World War I...
By Evette Dionne

You're Missing The Point Of Marvelous Sugar Baby

Artist Kara Walker is accustomed to using her impressive installations to illuminate race, gender, and class issues. Her latest masterpiece, “A Subtlety,” also known as the Marvelous Sugar Baby, c...
By Evette Dionne

What Maya Angelou Means to Black Women Writers

The world is mourning the loss of one of its greatest treasures, Dr. Maya Angelou. The renowned poet, essayist, and activist died in her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the age of 86 Wedn...
By Evette Dionne