Tangela’s Blog

Barbara Smith — Powerful Women, Part 3

Barbara Smith is one of the founders of the Combahee River Collective and has been an important voice in the development of modern intersectional feminism. She is one of the most pivotal voices in feminism, especially Black feminism.

Girlfriend Epistemology, Part 1

The following is part one of the paraphrased conclusion from Dr. Tangela Serls’ “The Spirit of Friendship: Girlfriends in Contemporary African American Literature.” After exploring the elements of girlfriend relationships and sisterhood in contemporary works like...

Ntozake Shange — Powerful Women, Part 2

Poetry has a way of changing the world. These changes may not be monumental or immediate, but the written word bestows an unspoken power to those who wield it. The recently deceased Ntozake Shange, born Paulette Williams in 1948, was a woman who fearlessly bore that power.

When Sisterhood Begets Friendship, Part 2

The following is a continuation of the paraphrased introduction from Tangela Serls’ “The Spirit of Friendship: Girlfriends in Contemporary African American Literature.” This part discusses the role Delta Sigma Theta had in her friendships and spirituality, as well as...

When Sisterhood Begets Friendship, Part 1

The following is the first of a series of paraphrased excerpts from Tangela Serls’ “The Spirit of Friendship: Girlfriends in Contemporary African American Literature.”  This part is from the introduction and discusses the difference between sisterhood and friendship....

Winnie Mandela — Powerful Women, Part 1

When thinking of South Africa’s apartheid — a caste system that favored white Europeans over black South Africans — one name typically comes to mind: Nelson Mandela. Although Nelson devoted his life to ending the racial hierarchy, he was not alone in his fight. Many...

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