Author Archives: Kyla Marshell

About Kyla Marshell

A Pretty, Young, Gifted & Black Thing.

SHE ROCKS! AWARDS EDITION: Nicole Paultre-Bell and Valerie Bell

Nicole Paultre-Bell and Valerie Bell received last years Black Girls Rock! ‘Monument’ Award, which recognizes individuals who have endured crises and withstood tremendous emotional, physical, and/or psychological events. Sean Bell, who was tragically gunned down by police, in a hail … Continue reading

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SHE ROCKS! AWARDS EDITION: Rachel Lloyd

Rachel Lloyd, founder of the Girls Educational and Mentoring Service (G.E.M.S.), an organization that works to rescue sexually exploited children, was last year’s recipient of the Black Girls Rock! Community Service Award. She came to the United States in 1997 … Continue reading

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Got to Be There

I was 6, and all I wanted in life was for my mother to marry Michael Jackson. Dangerous had just come out, “Remember the Time” was my jam, and both Michael and my Mom were single—my precious, precocious mind figured, … Continue reading

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And The Race is On!

We all know the story: Black women can’t find Black husbands, the divorce rate is astronomical, marriage is for white people, etc. The studies have proven that the Black family infrastructure is failing, and that Black women are sustaining the … Continue reading

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She Rocks! Daphne S. Valerius

Daphne S. Valerius is the writer, director, and producer of the documentary The Souls of Black Girls, a film which interrogates whether Black women in America have a self image disorder. I saw the film at the center of the … Continue reading

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