Love to Hate It: Hollywood

I have a love-hate relationship with pop culture. On the one hand, it’s a guilty release. There’s nothing like a light-hearted romantic comedy or a mindless scroll down the homepage of the Daily Mail. The night of the Academy Awards, like the rest of the world, I hold my breath in anticipation of the sacred […]

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GIRLS Mania

I’m a victim of GIRLS mania. Ever since my study abroad roommate introduced me to GIRLS, I’ve become the biggest Lena Dunham/GIRLS fan. In my eyes, she’s this genius-badass-feminist superhuman who just sort of says and does whatever the hell she wants. She’s awkward and brave and gutsy, but still hilarious and self-deprecating. It’s refreshing […]

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Mirror, Mirror…Whoops

My uncle asked me once why I spent so much time in front of a mirror, concerned with how I looked if I’m a quote-un-quote feminist. Apparently, wanting to feel beautiful and empowered as a woman makes me a contradiction. Apparently. And being a feminine feminist that stands in front of the mirror, insecure and […]

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Duke Write(H)er Series: First Workshop With LC Coleman of Colored Girls Confidential

DUKE WRITE(H)ER SERIES Introduction to the Duke Write(H)er Workshop Series: For the Spring of 2013, I was accepted to be a part of the Duke Write(H)er series consisting of writing workshops with well known and gifted women writers and journalists. These retreat/workshop/dinner events, hosted by the Duke Women’s Center, feature influential feminist journalists such as […]

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2013: The Year of the Quantum Leap

“For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea.” –ee cummings On my most recent trip to Miraval, a spa and wellness resort nestled in the Arizona mountains, I completed one of the challenge activities called Quantum Leap. Although my precocious little brother thinks that it might […]

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I’m published on Thought Catalog!

Original post date: 9/21/12 Read “What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful” on Thought Catalog… What Does It Mean To Be Beautiful by Danielle Nelson Not many people can say that they rely on SPF 70 to avoid looking like a toasted strawberry. I’m also left-handed, I can ramble on for hours, and I kind […]

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Mi Linda

Original post date: 6/27/12 Mi linda. Just seconds before, my robe was pulled fast and tight around my body, knuckles turning white, body tense and erect. Now his surgical marker is drawing circles and straight edged lines from my neck down my torso. And I can no longer feel. I’m not happy. I’m not sad. […]

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