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The Race Card's Blog – October 2014 Archive (3)

OP-ED: "My Black Is Not Your Black, And That’s Okay"

As a 30-something year old black woman, I pride myself on having embraced my differences. This was not so much the case back in my mid-20s when I was struggling with my so-called “otherness” during a time when most people were trying to figure out who they are. I don’t eat fried chicken (anymore, at least). I do yoga. I obsess over Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I can express at length the differences between Aerosmith and Guns ‘N Roses. Kayaking and wine tasting are two of my…

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Added by The Race Card on October 17, 2014 at 9:36am — 12 Comments

OP-ED: "Let's Talk About The Pressure To Be The 'Right' Kind Of Black Girl"

I spent a good portion of my life trying to be better than the best. I was always the first to jump at an extra assignment or task, to show everyone that I was capable. But for what? Why?

It was late at night and I couldn’t sleep. I was sick as a dog but that wasn’t why I was up. The next day’s schedule was overstuffed in a way that felt necessary to me, at the time. I felt like absolute crap but was still wrestling with the idea of calling off the next day. It was then…

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Added by The Race Card on October 10, 2014 at 8:37am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: Beasts of Brown Nations: How imperialism changed the way Black people relate to animals

It's 2014 and the United States of America has never had a black host on a show about animals. The visibility of cultural diversity in any given field greatly affects a child's propensity towards said field. Even greats like Neil DeGrasse Tyson struggled with committing to a discipline that lacked role models from his community. This lack of diversity can be…

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Added by The Race Card on October 3, 2014 at 8:34am — 5 Comments

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