Ivy G.

Black Spasms is my reality. My journey. It's all I've ever known. I'm a Black woman and a member of the LGBTQ+ community. 

But I've always been Black first.

No one has ever separated me from my Blackness. And I would never want them to. 

My spasms exist because I've never understood why my Blackness was always an issue for someone.

And I do mean always. 

38 and some change years and I've never felt authentically included or appreciated for who I am.

Now for what I do...absolutely. Every moment on the basketball court in the Deep South for me was affirmation of my awesomeness. 

But did they really love ME? Did they care to know ME? 

Look...we are scratching the surface here, so I'll end with sharing that I will be recounting my lifelong Black Spasms in my new book "Black Girl Spasms" later this year. 

Just know that I am here for all of this and I will continue to work tirelessly to grow this honest and open platform created for  Black lives, stories and resources.

It's time to change the landscape and I believe I'm built to make that happen.