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Poetry: "Tamara"

"Tamara was the Flo-Jo of elementary school. / If you were lucky, / you’d catch a glimpse of her trailing hair / before she reached the finish line."

Nichole Perkins One year ago

Hey, Did You Hear About Thirst Aid Kit, BuzzFeed's New Podcast?

Giving you everything you need to lust out loud.

Nichole Perkins 2 years ago

If You Like Being Thirsty, Well, We’ve Got Some Good News

Thirst Aid Kit, a new podcast from Bim Adewunmi and Nichole Perkins, explores how pop culture shapes our desires.

Bim Adewunmi 2 years ago

My Mama’s Manicures Taught Me How To Take Care Of Myself

For a long time, I didn’t want to be “my mother’s daughter.” But it turns out that, at least when it comes to getting our nails done, I am.

Nichole Perkins 2 years ago

What "Chewing Gum" And "Jane The Virgin" Teach Us About Virginity

Sexual empowerment doesn't always have to come with the price of promiscuity.

Nichole Perkins 2 years ago

Twice As Good: How Black Actresses Get Half The Recognition

For black actresses in Hollywood, the age gap for getting breakout roles means missing out on long careers and lucrative paydays.

Nichole Perkins 2 years ago

Why Don't The Women In "John Wick" Talk?

The female characters in the action franchise aren’t given much in the way of speaking roles. (Warning: spoilers ahead.)

Nichole Perkins 2 years ago

Don't Let Men Steal Your Favorite Songs

After years of trading music with boyfriends, I've finally reclaimed these songs for myself.

Nichole Perkins 2 years ago

My Mother And I Finally Opened Up About Our Depression And Anxiety

Because my mother never acknowledged her depression, I never opened up to her about mine. Now that she's in treatment for both depression and anxiety, we finally talked about the open secret between us.

Nichole Perkins 3 years ago

How Prince Taught Me About Female Sexuality

He helped me realize there are men who enjoy being submissive to women — and that being a woman who’s more sexually experienced than a man isn’t something to hide or being ashamed of.

Nichole Perkins 4 years ago

What It's Like Being A Black Woman In A Dom/Sub Relationship With A White Man

After meeting a much younger white man online, I began exploring what it would be like to have a submissive lover.

Nichole Perkins 5 years ago

"Veronica Mars" And The Value Of Revisiting Pop-Culture Blind Spots

Now I understand the attachment to a show featuring a young woman who outwits nearly everyone around her with just her intelligence and a taser.

Nichole Perkins 5 years ago

How Alicia Florrick Brings Men To Their Knees

CBS drama The Good Wife uses the love triangle of its major characters to highlight a woman's sexual power. Spoilers, if you're not caught up on the latest season.

Nichole Perkins 5 years ago

Ava DuVernay's Episode Of "Scandal" Starts Off With A Scream

The award-winning filmmaker on executing Shonda Rhimes' vision, becoming the next Mark Wahlberg, and all the black women filmmakers you're not paying attention to.

Nichole Perkins 6 years ago

It's Time To Say Good-Bye To TV's Strong Black Woman

Thanks to Scandal and Sleepy Hollow, we're seeing a completely new kind of black woman on television. The human kind, who's allowed to feel things.

Nichole Perkins 6 years ago