Evette Dionne, known across the internet as “free Black girl,” is a Black Feminist culture writer, editor, and scholar. She’s the author of the forthcoming Fat Girls Deserve Fairytales Too, set for release in fall 2019 from Seal Press, and an untitled middle-grade book about Black women suffragists that will be released in summer 2020 from Viking.
Presently, she’s the editor-in-chief of Bitch Media where she oversees the BitchReads program in conjunction with Powell’s Books as well as the quarterly magazine and the daily website. Before joining Bitch, Evette worked as a founding senior editor at Revelist where she honed her commitment to inclusion in media by creating the site’s “real talk” essays section.
She also writes extensively about the intersections of race, gender, and size, for a number of print and digital publications, including Cosmopolitan, Time, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Root, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, Bustle, Romper, SELF, The Toast, Harper’s Bazaar, Mic, The Toast, and Ravishly. She’s also written book chapters about the portrayal of Black women in For Better or Worse in The Problematic Tyler Perry (Peter Lang, 2016); how Beyoncé forefronts pleasure throughout her self-titled album for The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race, and Feminism (McFarland, 2016); and the exclusion of Black women from narratives about police brutality for Can We All Be Feminists?: New Writing From Brit Bennett, Nicole Dennis-Benn, and 15 Others On Intersectionality, Identity, and the Way Forward for Feminism (Penguin, 2018).
Dionne’s expertise on popular culture, politics, and feminism is highly sought after, leading to multiple citations in Mic, CNET, BuzzFeed, The New York Times, Teen Vogue, The Root, and The New Yorker, as well as appearances on the Popaganda, Every Body, Woman of Size, Mindful Strength, Food Psych, and Bri’s Books podcasts as well as the BBC’s World Have Your Say and SiriusXM’s WokeAF. She’s also given a keynote speech at the University of Chicago’s Heritage Series.
She received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Bennett College, an incredible HBCU for Black women, in 2012. In 2014, she received her master’s in media management and women, gender, and sexuality studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. That might be why researching is her favorite thing to do — outside of reading, tweeting, and ranting about self-care.
Evette is currently on a writing sabbatical in Denver. She’s represented by Sarah Phair at Trident Media Group. If you want to connect with Evette, please send an email to EvetteDionneWriter@gmail.com or use the contact form.