Ashley Stoney

D.C.-based content creator with a lens on all things pop culture and race/culture. Loving the journey of motherhood and the opportunity to learn from others.
Recent Articles

I Didn't Get A Shoutout From My Partner Like Chrissy Teigen Did & I Hate That I Care

After hours of debating, at 3:04 p.m. on Sunday, I uploaded three photos to Facebook for a Father’s Day shoutout, honoring my father, my partner, and my mother’s long-term boyfriend. Realizing my omission, I immediately texted my partner’s father, t…
By Ashley Stoney

How To Tell Your Kid She's Pretty Without Messing Her Up For Life

There are so many initiatives these days aimed at telling girls they are smart, brave, independent, inspiring and any other number of positive adjectives that don't reduce our girls to potentially nice, loving, and attractive homemakers and wives. We…
By Ashley Stoney

If You Want To Protest Gun Violence, You Need To Care About More Than Just White Kids

While the February 14 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, seemed somehow predictable, or inevitable, the calls to action on gun regulation, led by the teenagers of Parkland, have been a heartening surprise. The teens behind the March For Our Lives …
By Ashley Stoney

'Black Panther' Isn't Just A Superhero Movie. For Me, It Was A Religious Experience.

If your social media timeline is anything like mine, you'll know just how many people are talking about Marvel Cinematic Universe's Black Panther. Whether the conversation is organically happening in your social newsfeed, or you've caught one of the …
By Ashley Stoney

If You Don’t Get Why Kylie Jenner Hid Her Pregnancy, You Probably Aren’t A Young Mom

The stealth pregnancy of our times was revealed on Sunday after Kylie Jenner, 20, announced the birth of her daughter with boyfriend Travis Scott, 25, on Instagram. The message was followed by an 11-minute YouTube video that acted, essentially as a "…
By Ashley Stoney

“Why Are We Letting Our Mothers Die?” A Conversation About Postpartum Treatment

Last week, new mother Jessica Porten wrote a Facebook post about her experience seeking help for postpartum depression that quickly went viral. After telling the nurse practitioner during her first postpartum checkup that she had "postpartum depressi…
By Ashley Stoney

50 Years After MLK, Not Enough Has Changed For Black Kids. It’s On You To Fix That.

Here we are again. Every January, we celebrate the vision of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on his namesake day. And in recent years, families have been using the day to participate in community service activities, as non-violent activis…
By Ashley Stoney

How *Not* To Hatch A Hatchimal

This year I got my Santa Claus paws on a coveted golden egg — Hatchimals Surprise. I have seen my fair share of unboxing videos on YouTube, and that, mixed with my millennial nostalgia for Tamagotchi and Fuby, of which Hatchimals are basically a hybr…
By Ashley Stoney

Why I Refuse To Use The “Naughty List” Threat On My Kids

I hear a lot of adults tell my kid the same advice: be good and Santa will bring you a sh*t-ton of toys. And while I appreciate the positive reinforcement from strangers who aren't too woke to flat-out tell my toddler that this whole concept is a myt…
By Ashley Stoney

I'm a Black Mom, & Charlottesville Isn't What Scares Me Most

On Saturday, a group of White nationalists convened in Charlottesville, Virginia for a Unite the Right rally, just a little over a month after the Ku Klux Klan gathered in the same otherwise idyllic community a month earlier. I watched counter-protes…
By Ashley Stoney

Get Out Leggings, This Maternity Romper Is Legit

Let’s be very, very honest about this — pregnancy and childbirth change your body. Regardless of what tabloid headlines about celebrities’ post-baby bodies and Instagram #fitspo posts might tell you, the reality is that your body’s going to look and …
By Ashley Stoney

Beyonce Is Shamed For Doing What Dads Have Done For Years

Beyoncé is a force to be reckoned with. She is intensely dedicated to her craft and her brand, overriding the tabloids so she can carefully control the release of her personal information. There's a reason why Beyoncé has inspired the Pinterest-ready…
By Ashley Stoney

People Are Slut-Shaming North West, & It's Not OK

Yesterday, Kim Kardashian West posted several videos to Instagram Stories previewing the latest pieces in her kids' clothing line with Kanye West, The Kids Supply. The line boasted custom Yeezy sneakers and denim jackets, along with the collection’s …
By Ashley Stoney

This 'Cars 3' Heroine Is The Feminist Of The Summer

Most of my favorite childhood movies have female protagonists. So a few years ago, when I found out that I would be the mom of a girl, I relished in the possibility of sharing all of my favorite films with her and exploring new ones together. When we…
By Ashley Stoney

For The Love Of God, Leave Beyonce & Jay Z Alone

On Sunday, Beyoncé’s father Matthew Knowles found a generic balloon-bordered Instagram frame and leaked the long-awaited announcement we were all expecting: that Beyoncé had given birth to the most iconic twins since Mary-Kate and Ashley. The BeyHive…
By Ashley Stoney