The Collective

Much like the indestructible black box on an airplane, Black Girl Black Box records the journey. In the event of a crash, the black box is used to determine what went wrong in hopes of a safer landing next time. Because crashing is often inevitable in the lives of Black girls and women, Black Girl Black Box is a hub for Black girls and women who are trying to land softer next time. Black Girl Black Box is about coping. Not curing. Not correcting. Existing. Surviving. Breathing. Sometimes just finding the energy to shower. Black Girl Black Box recognizes that while we are not superhuman, our stories, if we tell them, will live forever.


Kehinde Thurman writes to, and for, Black girls and women. She’s from the South Side of Chicago. And it matters. Having managed depression for well over 25 years, Kehinde knows what it’s like to crash and just wants to provide a landing space for her sisters. She pays the bills by writing grants for a women’s policy organization. Her life’s life work is advocating for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. A mother of three beautiful spirits, Kehinde is an outspoken introvert who loves herbal tea, thick fuzzy socks and books. 


Aundrea Parsons (also known as Dré) brings to Black Girl Black Box a love for the arts and how it can be a form of joy and confidence building for and within Black girls. The eldest daughter of Keith and Rhonda Parsons and big sister to Shauntiel Lech and Venita Parsons; Dre’s biggest influence is her family. She comes from a family where music, movies and television shows were big events in her home and nourished her love for the arts at a young age. My hope is that Black girls put their joy as a priority. Those that love us will see our joy and what brings us joy and learn to love us unapologetically and out loud.