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The Race Card's Blog – August 2016 Archive (13)

Chance the Rapper inspires the celebration of black boy happiness and creation of #BlackBoyJoy

After his easy going playfulness graced the VMAs this past weekend, Chicago hip-hop sweetheart Chance the Rapper re-tweeted the original article celebrating his #BlackBoyJoy. The hashtag itself was created by The Root writer Danielle Young in an article about the rapper’s (and others) unabashed display of happiness…


Added by The Race Card on August 31, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Why be mad at Colin Kaepernick? America was already failing the veterans they "love" so much

I'm really baffled at the outrage people have on Colin Kaepernick but not the underlying issues we have in America. Racial injustices are a real issue but something else is also real key to add to this story. A lot of people are so angry because they feel not standing up for the flag means you're disrespecting veterans. Well America hasn't exactly been taking care of them. 22 veterans commit suicide every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY.

Oh and don't let me get started on…


Added by The Race Card on August 31, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls take powerful stance against white policing of black hair

The students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls are making a powerful stance against the institutionalized white supremacist policies embedded into South Africa’s formerly segregated “Model C” system and the white policing of black hair. This past Saturday, during the school’s annual Spring Fair, students peacefully and silently marched in protest of the policies until teachers and parent volunteers threatened to call the police to have the girls…


Added by The Race Card on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: LA-based writer/filmmaker Darnell Lamont Walker recognizes the impact of police brutality on Black youth in new children's book 'I Hate That I Have to Tell You'

Writer and filmmakerDarnell Lamont Walker has brought a powerful, touching narrative to that which no one ever wants to have to address. In this societal climate of splattering Black lives, the roars for Black Lives Mattering has grown to an all-time high. Among the protests and movements- though we preach for the futures of then youth, do we…


Added by The Race Card on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: My Afro Isn't Superficial- It's Political

Not since the civil rights movement has the afro been so visible, but now its purpose isn’t just political — it’s aesthetic. Designers now use “natural” models regularly, countless black-owned online stores and care sites have sprouted up, and even mainstream cosmetic brands have developed product ranges catered to kinks and coils. For me, however, the journey to my afro definitely was political. It was also deeply personal and a way to solidify and explore my…


Added by The Race Card on August 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Know Your Black History: The American Lie of Black Underachievement (We are on to this)

Today a new generation of Americans are becoming activists. These people are on to something. These Americans are on to the lie of American history. The lie is that black Americans are underachievers and lack initiative. Nothing could be further from the truth.

This point was driven home to me after a visit to New Orleans and then meeting my cousin who was attending a NMA conference in Los Angeles. 

The National Medical Association (NMA) is…


Added by The Race Card on August 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Upcoming film project 'Blasian Narratives: Volume I' uncovers the complexities of the 'mixed intersection of Black and Asian identities'

"What are you?"

"Where are you really from?"

The Blasian Narratives project is breaking the illusion of mixed bliss with its raw, organic representation of growing up in a society where- if your race isn't clear, neither are you. 

This interactive, intimate multi-media production, delves into the…


Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 4:05pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Pittsburg-based mentor and survivor of police brutality Leon Ford conquers victimhood and inspires communities across the country

On November 11th,2012 Leon Ford's life was changed forever after being shot by the Pittsburgh police during a routine traffic stop. The unfortunate event left Leon paralyzed, however, he refuses to allow his experience to keep him down. Although Leon's case is still undergoing and the information he can share with us is limited, we caught up with him to listen to his story and get a glimpse into his perspective. Leon is a mentor, he considers himself a survivor and…


Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Weeknd sets an example for all mainstream artists as he donates $250,000 to Black Lives Matter

This just in: The Weekndhas donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement- and it is shocking that people are so shocked.

An avid supporter of the BLM movement on Twitter, Abel Tesafaye is doing what any woke person would; supporting the cause by which we are all effected.

In a medium so…


Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Parents upset after a Kentucky high school bans natural black hairstyles

With a ban on cornrows ("cornrolls", wtf), dreads, twists, afros longer than two inches, and fade designs, a Louisville, Kentucky school (Butler Traditional High School) just became the latest example of institutionalized environmental hostility, in public education, towards black students. According to the high school, locs and fades are more detrimental to a…


Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Brazilian and American activists collaborate during 'Black July' in the fight against racial injustice and police brutality

'Julho Negro' or 'Black July' is arguably one of the most important events to grace Brazil as of late. Taking place in late July, this event is comprised of a series of meetings, pow-wows, seminars, and marches- all preaching the necessity of the black culture, and driving the message of cultural unity through the roof. Both American and local activists…


Added by The Race Card on August 5, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

VIDEO: Black woman calls 911 because she was scared of cop during a traffic stop

Earlier this year, after being pulled over during an alleged traffic violation, 28-year-old Earledreka White called 911 because she was afraid of the officer who had pulled her over, the Houston Chronicle reports. While requesting that another officer be sent to the scene to better handle…


Added by The Race Card on August 5, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Korryn Gaines didn’t have a mental illness, America does

Baltimore-based Hip-Hop scholar and artist, Labtekwon, proposes in his song “The Truth About Race”, that “racism is a learned psychological disorder, a psychosis, a delusion belief based on a premise that’s bogus.” …


Added by The Race Card on August 5, 2016 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

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