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The Race Card's Blog – May 2016 Archive (6)

FEATURE: São Paulo’s Mercado Negra project enables Afro-Brazilian female entrepreneurs with fair wage and business ownership opportunities

Mercado Negra is an initiative that has created by Dara Ribeiro, Ketty Valencio and Mariana Mári, as a spaces that encourages black women to create, produce and sell their products which as strengthened economic relations within the black community in São Paulo. The project operates as a fair trade-like model where the only cost to exhibit their products is a symbolic price for the space maintained. The rest of the earnings are theirs.



In Brazil, black people…

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Added by The Race Card on May 25, 2016 at 6:10pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Gun used by George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin reportedly sold for $138,900

In this week’s edition of News That Makes Me Sick, that grown man who stalked and murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sold the murder weapon on United Gun Group where a user named “John Smith” (who claimed to be from Alabama) won with a last minute bid of $138,900. George Zimmerman’s decision to sell the firearm that enabled him to murder an unarmed minor marks a particularly ugly and shameful example of the callousness towards and dehumanization of black lives and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - Three Young Girls Triumph Over the Most Sinister Side of Slavery

This is the story of three young girls. Two are my relatives; the third is the relative of a family friend. Each girl was stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the Americas.



I consider the kidnapping and sale of children into slavery the most sinister side of slavery, if the evil of slavery itself can have a more sinister side. The reasons for kidnapping children are simple and fiendish. Children were easier to capture, kidnap and control than full-grown…

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Added by The Race Card on May 11, 2016 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: CNTRST website calculates total whiteness of main casts in over 20,000 movies

It’s no secret (or, at least it shouldn’t be) that white people and men are overrepresented in just about every faction of life. After another year of #OscarsSoWhite, a website called CNTRST is calculating the total percentage of ‘whiteness’ in mainstream films. Most popular movies hover around 85 percent, with movies like The Huntsman Winter’s War, Carol, The 5th Wave, The Revenant clocking in at a full 100%. It’s worth noting that whites make up just 63 percent of the…

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Added by The Race Card on May 9, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Ubuntu Talks: My Web Series Demystifying Black Experiences Through Conversation

My name is Chelsy Monie and I am a communications and art history student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I was born in Washington D.C but spent most of my life in Cameroon, and then Tanzania, before moving to Canada. Growing up in Africa, I never felt the need to define my blackness. My actions and experiences as a black person were never questioned or threatened. Everyone was treated equally and with the upmost respect regardless of the color of their…

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Added by The Race Card on May 6, 2016 at 3:17pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Feel The Fire - Using Black Imagination As Political Warfare

"I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day."

~ Jean Michel Basquiat

One night in East Baltimore, I stood outside an art event exchanging repartee with a local grassroots organizer. It was a typical city night— sounds of robust chatter were roaring, dark colored cars were zooming past, glass bottles were rolling loudly across the cement and dim streetlights were burning steady. It was a lively event…

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Added by The Race Card on May 4, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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