jill johnson

A Week’s Worth of Women in the News

From the shootings in Lafayette, Louisiana, to the legacy of Southern activists Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Ella Baker to a UNC sports scandal and the feminism of Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé, we take a look back at a week of women in the news. This week, we saw the horrific shooting deaths of two women … [Read more…]

Happy Birthday, Editor Kane!

Auntie Bellum Meeghan

Today marks an important day for our benevolent Editor…. Over the years, I have been fortunate enough to know Meeghan in a variety of ways: Teacher, Friend, Neighbor, Mentor, Drinking Buddy and now Editor. Many of us have had the pleasure of sitting on her porch with a cold drink, the conversation flowing from history … [Read more…]

Feminist Date Night — An Auntie Bellum Gal and Her Bae Celebrate Ladypalooza

Jade Janay Blocker

photo taken by Rachel Barringer

Modern dating can be tough for the empowered Auntie Bellum gal and the evolved partner walking in stride with her. Between jobs, friends, outside hobbies, freelance gigs, and general issues involving the time-space continuum, sometimes it can be tough to maintain that sense of fun and connection we all seek as part of a meaningful … [Read more…]

Inaugural Blaktastik Festival at Columbia’s Nickelodeon Theater This Weekend


I have little more to say than GO TO THIS. This weekend’s Blaktastik festival at the Nickelodeon Theatre is just another example of how Columbia, South Carolina is turning into such a cultural treasure for the South lately. This three-day weekend is jam-packed with event after amazing event. Though it was planned over a year … [Read more…]

Treasures of my Grandmother

Betty King score keeper

I was only going to rest my eyes for a few minutes while the girls played on the rug.  I must have fallen asleep.  This rare, short moment of relaxation was interrupted by a strange and uncomfortable tug on my ear.  Through the head fog, I could hear small voices, “No!  I’m getting the earrings!  I’m … [Read more…]