Black Women Won't Be Erased Here

She Matters: In a new weekly column for The Root, Demetria L. Lucas tells their stories.

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On better days I think, "Seriously?" And on lesser ones? Well, it's profane, and you can imagine the string of impolite words I'd like to deliver. What I usually say is, "Really?" because I don't have time to go on a rant explaining the basics. I have stories to write and deadlines to meet. I'm trying to move the conversation along and go on and write about what I want, anyway -- largely what black women are concerned about, dealing with or amused by. 

I don't think of myself as having an agenda when I'm pounding on my keyboard, whether I'm writing about "fluffy" topics such as whether Beyoncé is or is not a role model, or heftier matters like the limited civil rights for black lesbians, the getting-better-but-still-highly-disturbing HIV rates among black women or those black men heading to Brazil, who pay to have their egos and other places stroked and throw black women under the bus to justify it.

But I do have an agenda. I want to talk with black women and use the space available to tell our stories -- good, bad, ugly and controversial, too -- and give voice to our varied concerns. I want to build a community where we can express, debate and share freely.

This week marks the debut of She Matters, a new column on The Root that will appear each Tuesday, which seeks to meet those lofty aims. I have some juicy ideas in store, and I hope you'll stop by to see what's on my mind. But also, I want to hear from you. Let me know what I should be thinking about and what you're eager to discuss at SheMatters@theroot.com.

Talk to you soon!

Demetria L. Lucas is a contributing editor to The Root and the author of A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life. Follow her on Twitter.

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