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Black Women to Watch at the New Orleans Film Fest

It’s often difficult for people of color to break through in the film industry. Minorities make up more than 36 percent of the U.S. population but represented only 10 percent of lead characters in movies and sat in 12 percent of director’s chairs in 2011, the last year for which data is available. – Washington … Continue reading Black Women to Watch at the New Orleans Film Fest


Youth Voice Matters at Rethink New Orleans

By: Whitney Alexis, Guest Youth Blogger    Rethink New Orleans is a youth-led organization that uses political education and action research to build organizing and leadership skills of New Orleans youth.   Rethink prepares a future for generations of young leaders equipped with the necessary tools to combat systems and who are committed to lifelong community … Continue reading Youth Voice Matters at Rethink New Orleans


Why Black Birth Matters

BrassyBrown.com is happy to have  sista nurse Jamilla Webb,  invite us to the #BlackBirthMatter Movement Conference in New Orleans on October 23, 2016. Here’s why you should care about the #BlackBirthMatter Movement. Transcending the legacy of violence and abuse The founders of the “New World” created a global economy and the greater portion of today’s African … Continue reading Why Black Birth Matters

Solange and the Triumph of the Little Sister


I have a younger sister, Jocelyn.

She is 6 years younger than me.

By the time, she was born, my parents were headed for divorce.

She’s the only sibling that didn’t grow up with our dad in the house.

For this reason, I think, she has felt more emotional pain beyond the typical annoyance of being the youngest.

There are 3 girls and 1 boy in my family. I am a little sister too, but not the baby. Jocelyn and I.

Jocelyn, like many younger siblings, struggled to settle in and shape her own identity within our family dynamics.

She believes I am more “popular— the favorite. People don’t take me as serious as they do you,” she says.

How many siblings share the same DNA but not the same success?

We’ve seen the struggle.

Rebbie Jackson handled her siblings’ success better than LaToya. Little sis Janet, took control and forced our eyes and ears to embrace her as an individual while maximizing her family’s name.

It’s a difficult task to not allow someone else’s achievements to become a distraction to your own—especially if you’re related. The pressure to be the responsible one if you’re older. The burden of living up to established success, if you’re the younger sibling.  Internal comparisons to each other have put many folks on a therapist’s couch.

But Solange Knowles has figured out how to set her own table.

Solange has been married, divorced, a mother, and married again, while the world celebrated Beyonce.  Solo has figured out through trial and error— and elevators— how to distinguish herself from her superstar sister.

My sister always cheers for me, but I know she wants her own victories.

Jocelyn has stumbled and struggled with her education, her weight and even her health. She has epilepsy.

All this in a Black girl body.

The stress of blackgirlness spares none of us no matter our  age, education, popularity or  being born into a successful family.

Many times it is our sisters both by blood and community who help us heal.

I imagine Solange’s Seat At the Table is as therapeutic for her as it is for  listeners who adore the album.

So as Solange celebrates having the number one album in America on the Billboard charts, I think of my little sister and little sisters everywhere whose lives didn’t go as planned, who need more time and support to figure things out and who have lived in the shadows of their sister (s), and smile.

Can a sis, have a seat, too?

Kelly Harris is a poet and the founder of BrassyBrown.com, and lives in New Orleans with her husband and daughter.

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Recap: Black Arts Movement at Dillard University

  In a 1968 essay, “The Black Arts Movement,” Larry Neal proclaimed Black Arts the “aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept.” Often the Black Arts Movements is said to have left out Black Women and the LGBT community. The conference at Dillard University was inclusive and timely. I attended each day of … Continue reading Recap: Black Arts Movement at Dillard University


Free Movie Tickets to Deepwater Horizon

BrassyBrown.com has many media and community partners.  We are happy to share movie screening tickets to a new movie that was filmed in New Orleans and Chalmette. Remember the BP Oil Spill? On April 4, 2016, there was a  court settlement with BP for natural resource damages from the oil spill for up to 8.8 billion dollars. Are you an environmentalist? … Continue reading Free Movie Tickets to Deepwater Horizon