ABOUT ME: Hi, my name is Trudy and I am the writer and social critic for Gradient Lair. I’m a 34-year-old Black woman who identifies as Jamaican Black (yes, Black is the noun, H/T to Nikki Giovanni). I am cisgender and identify as an ace; asexual, heteroromantic to be exact. I am a Womanist who includes Black feminism and intersectional feminism in my social justice work and writing, but Womanism most accurately speaks to my collective sociopolitical framework for anti-oppression praxis. (I reject the use of “social justice” as a dismissive label when I happen write about my personal life.) Politically, I identify as neither Republican (barf) nor Democrat (Zzz). My political leanings are very Left, but that includes intersectionality and a plethora of perspectives, not solely raceless conversations about class. I identify as an agnostic atheist but still very connected to Black culture in most ways though zero interest in monotheisms and I try to have nuanced perspective on non-Eurocentric, Afrocentric theisms and deities. Though I am an atheist, I am not interested in White supremacist atheism either.
I am college-educated. I have a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and I completed 2 years of additional graduate work in Psychology and Mental Health Counseling. I studied race, gender and adolescent mental health/education and I have a lot of interest in how media/culture impact this. I studied Behavioral and Social Sciences at the baccalaureate level. (It’s a NO on pursuing a Ph.D.)
I am an introvert (INTJ). Type-A. Virgo.
I am a photographer and writer (Drift Sojourn) interested in street photography, food photography, cultural images and essays examining culture and photography art/history/business. I am a lover of social media, but only certain platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest).
I was raised in America by Jamaican parents though my mother passed away over a decade ago. I have 7 adult siblings (5 sisters, 2 brothers; I am the 3rd oldest), and 3 half-siblings. I have a few awesome Black women in my life—as good friends for years offline and fun social media buddies online.
ABOUT GRADIENT LAIR: I started this blog in May of 2012 as: 1) A SAFE SPACE for me to share my experiences. In other words, bullying of any type, especially with regards to race/gender is unacceptable here. 2) A place to celebrate the hair, beauty, style, intellect, accomplishments, creativity, and all that is wonderful about Black women, primarily in America, but I also include some diasporic posts. 3) A place to discuss sociopolitical issues, art, media etc. critical to the experiences of Black women and other groups of people who face marginalization in America.
Gradient Lair is a blog about the subjects that interest me (art, media, social media, socio-politics and culture) on an anecdotal, experiential and empirical level with regards to the experiences of Black women. Some posts are about my perspectives specifically. Some are about Black women in general and include my perspectives as a Black woman. Basically it’s essays, rants, photos, and videos.
I chose the name Gradient Lair, as I defined in the header because gradient (as a photography tool, as I mentioned, I am a photographer) implies gradual change in a shade of colour. That refers to actual hues of Black women, but also in the variance of views that we share as we are not a monolithic group. Lair implies a retreat or creative space for reflection, reasoning or resolution. For clarification on the features on the right panel (i.e. Meridian, Secant etc.) click here.
Do NOT come here as a bully, voyeur or plagiarizer. You are not welcome here. If this does not apply to you, welcome! My primary audience = Black women, period. However, others who do not fall into the aforementioned categories can come as well.
THIS IS NOT RACE 101 OR GENDER 101. NOT REQUIRED TO “EDUCATE” ANYONE.
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