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 .

'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 the complex interiority of women’s lives — from…
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. A number of those deaths — including those of…
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 role white women have played in upholding racist…
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 roots, and ancestral religions and figures with her…
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 Aboah, and Liu Wen. "All are welcome. Anything…
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 injustice and inequality, and led students through the…
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 Have A Dream" is a revolutionary speech that condemns racial injustice,…
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 beating second-place Russia by eight points — a breathtaking margin in a sport where…
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 $5, $10, and $20 bills. Martin Luther King Jr. will…
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 weekend show for the cable network since 2012.…
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 fierce younger sister, interviewed teen sensation Amandla…
By Evette Dionne

'Love & Hip Hop' Is A Win For TV Representation

More than 3.6 million viewers tuned into the second season of VH1’s hit series Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood when it premiered in September. In Season 2, there's the usual friction between female cast members and their philandering partners. However,…
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 facility for people with developmental disabilities.…
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 I was tasked with teaching English Language Arts…
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 on Bill Cosby's hit sitcom, The Cosby Show. The…
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, though he has denied all claims. The recent unsealing of a…
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, stilettos and perfumes marked "for Mom" are…
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 Daniel Pantaleo — the NYPD officer who put Eric…
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 students of color) are required to complete the class I…
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 York Times piece that describes Viola Davis, leading lady in…
By Evette Dionne