For most of my schooling, I was treated as somewhat of a golden child. As an advanced placement student in a majority Black district, where most of the other Black kids weren’t surpassing their white peers scholastically like I was, the fact that I seemed destined to follow in the footsteps of my ivy-league older siblings did not go unnoticed by the approving adults in my life.
Not only did my “achievements” translate materially in the form of scholarship money,…
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Merriam-Webster defines solidarity as "unity (as of a group or class) that produces or is based on community of interests, objectives, and standards." The term is often used in social justice spaces to highlight the necessity of a mass movement–a coalition across diverse communities to combat the interlocking systems of oppressive violence against marginalized people.
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Back in fall of 2010, I remembered feeling like myself after a lifetime of conformity weighed on my shoulders. One Friday night in a crowded Black-owned beauty salon, I watched strand after strand of my relaxed hair fall to the ground, revealing nothing but close-cropped, tight coils that laid close to my scalp. The entire salon was silent, and I couldn’t help but beam. At 17, I had completed one of the most monumental moments in my life: I had big-chopped and begun my…Continue
In Finding Octave, author Nick Douglas traced his family line in an effort to provide new understandings around what makes up Blackness in America. Since then, the writer took a DNA test confirming the findings in the book, while also illuminating many powerful new connections.
His articles and essays around these experiences continue to do the work of changing the narrative around the history of people of color. A collection has just been released in…
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Natural/textured/multi-ethnic hair care line Shea Moisture royally screwed up yesterday after giving their base of hardcore product junkies the finger in their attempt to re-center the brand around whiteness.
After the internet ripped them a new one, Shea Moisture issued apologies admitting, like they did on twitter, “Wow - we really f-ed this one up! Please know that our intent was not, & would never be, to disrespect our community.” Then why wasn’t your…
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While attending Johnson C. Smith University, Tiawana Brown was arrested and spent four years in federal prison for fraud while pregnant with her youngest daughter, Tijema.
Also a survivor of domestic violence and a woman of faith, Tiawana has turned her past experiences into a life of empowering others, especially girls and women. As the social entrepreneur behind Beauty After the Bars, Brown is committed to changing the world and how society views ex-convicts…
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As a blerd, I am identities intersect between my blackness and being a nerd. My blackness comes first, even though others may question it with my nerdy interests. Some black people listen to Migos and Future, but I will listen to Korean Pop or video game soundtracks.
When reaching out to other races of nerds there is sometimes a clash where black and nerds do not agree completely. I honestly do not hang with white nerds for a few reasons, for starters I…
Who doesn’t likes animals? But guess what we like even more — endangered species! They’re so rare and so special, like unique little snowflakes. That’s why Mandy and her friends totally love them.
When asked what ‘spirit animals’ meant, Mandy responded, “You know, like the animal that’s most like you in every way. Or even like another person or whatever you want. Like my spirit animal is a wolf, but also Rihanna.” This point was further confirmed by…
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Over the past five years there has been an increase in pages for and by Black women travelling around the world on solo missions, for vacations, to do projects, to be fabulous and so much more. These instagram pages are the epitome of #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlfly and #blackjoy. Black women traveling the world breaks so many barriers, and is an attempt to dispel pathologies which come from the legacy of restricting the movement of Black people and women. In a time when…Continue
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Happy 420! Today, you've probably already seen a few people celebrating or reveling in some form of criminality. You might see them pointing out the ridiculous nature of marijuana criminalization, and how it makes no sense that a drug that is on nearly all accounts less harmful than alcohol is still illegal throughout most of the country. You might even see them draw attention to the racialized nature of such criminalization, using…Continue
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Being a black Korean pop was bit of a challenge when I first discover this genre in 2009. Black alternatives want to branch away from listening to rap and hip-hop just to appease our peers. I kept my love for Kpop on the low, but most people know I listen to it.
As of now, I am surprised that the fandom has grown international and even some of my black friends occasionally listen to Kpop. Korean pop tends to attract black audiences as it is something new to us as…
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For as long as I can remember, I have always been susceptible to believing shit that makes absolutely no sense. This first started in 4th grade when niggas in my homeroom class told me that Tupac faked his death and was living on some island in the Caribbean. In my defense, that’s still a pretty commonly-believed conspiracy theory.
That all changed in freshman year of undergrad, when the niggas next door told me that Tupac was indeed dead because The Illuminati…
In the 1964 Supreme Court Case Jacobellis v Ohio Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain his feeling about whether something is obscene by writing:
I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.
The funny thing about this…
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Last week, I addressed the situation in which author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi argued that when the feelings of white allies aren’t centered, they “shut up, and clam up, and stay home, because they’ve been told that the fight is not theirs.” I posited that if not promising a smooth journey is all it takes for an…Continue
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I am not wrong for still being mad over Pepsi’s tone-deaf commercial featuring Kendall Jenner handing a soda to a police officer at a protest. Rather than pointing out the dozens of sins in the video, I want to pull Black men to side to tell them the truth: Becky is not going to take the place of your sisters by your…
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Under white supremacy, black women can be lots of things — but they aren’t seen as dateable. Guess what? White people who believe this are racist.
One of the timeless — but no less relevant and humanistic — cliches we issue to ourselves and others about dating and intimate companionship is that a person’s character, not their racial makeup, is (or should be) the only criteria that matters when deciding whether or not to pursue a relationship.
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Earlier this week, United Airlines was caught up in a maelstrom of controversy after they had a passenger forcibly dragged off an over-booked plane. When no one agreed to voluntarily give up their seat, a computer system was used to choose four passengers at random to be removed from the flight. Among them was Dr. David Dao, whose removal was filmed and went viral…Continue
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I was saddened to learn that both the shooter and one of the victims in the San Bernardino school shooting on Tuesday were Black. You would think the media would jump on the case since the confirmed gunman was a Black male, and probably wouldn't get much defense. Yet there hasn't been much energy put into uncovering the breaking-point for Cedric Anderson, and the coverage on the…Continue
Do you know the names: Kingsley Chinagorom Echeta, Adama Traoré, Mzee Mohammed, Zyed Benna, Bouna Traoré, Laye Kondé?
But, you do know the names: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling? solidarity |ˌsäləˈderədē| noun : 1 unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group
The difference between the first set of names and the second is: the…
The Caucacity Party is an upcoming London social experiment that turns the table on ‘culture parties’ by exploring the space between cultural appropriation and appropriate appreciation with a party that celebrates all things European. “Shakespeare, kale smoothies, colonialism, Kylie Jenner, and sunburns - It’s high time we celebrate Europe, the fatherland, and its cultural riches that have been stomped onto every single corner of this world.”
The experiment was…
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