She Likes To Be In Control

This post was originally published on Thought Catalog. She wakes up an hour earlier now. Her alarm rings on and off for a few minutes before she finally gets up, showers, and ties her hair into a damp towel. Classes don’t start for a while and she’s not a morning person. She spends time sitting […]

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Dove Has A Beauty Problem

This post was originally published at Ms. Magazine. In April, I posted Dove’s Real Beauty campaign video on my Facebook with the caption, “You’re more beautiful than you think.” At first glance, this video seemed comforting, almost therapeutic as an antidote against our airbrushed versions of beauty typified by Hollywood and glossy magazine covers. Instead of telling women […]

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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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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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The Beginning of a Feminist Awakening Of Sorts

Original Post Date: 05/09/12 It’s like looking back on the moment you meet one of your closest friends for the first time…you’re not sure exactly how the pieces fell into place, but you’re glad they did. I guess that’s how I became a quote on quote feminist. I had already joined Develle Dish and had […]

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