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The Establishment's Blog – January 2014 Archive (6)

Feature: James Baldwin

On August 2, 1924, James Baldwin was born in the neighborhood of Harlem in New York City. As a teenager, he took after his stepfather and became a preacher, learning early on the power of his voice. Upon leaving the church at 18 he also left the City, moving to New Jersey for a short period working for the railroad before…

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Added by The Establishment on January 30, 2014 at 1:29pm — No Comments

5 Things No One Is Actually Saying About Ani DiFranco or Plantations

The Great Ani DiFranco Plantation Kerfuffle of 2013 has been something of a boon to people who debate and study race in America. In DiFranco, anyone who’s ever cared about race or Birkenstocks has had a light cast on the perception of just how far race matters have really progressed, which is to say, not as far as we thought. DiFranco is progressive and hip and down for the cause…and, as it turns out, completely full of white privilege. She rolled with …

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Added by The Establishment on January 29, 2014 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

Black and Geeky in Corporate America: Fitting In When You Stand Out?

So I’m a nerd; at heart, in spirit, an undercover geek. Although I ditched the mid-80’s schoolteacher glasses and their annoying lenses for pretty, safe-for-contact-lens-wearers eye make-up and sexy stilettos, I’m still a geek. Dig in my pretty purse and you’ll find at least two books that I’m reading at the same time, a couple of notebooks, some #2 pencils and random post-it notes with scribbling all over. Do not take me anywhere close to a bookstore or you will lose me. Yes,…

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Added by The Establishment on January 20, 2014 at 10:18am — 1 Comment

The Other Side of the Upcoming FIFA World Cup in Brazil

"Cops pointed guns at and threatened to shoot protestors as they forcefully and brutally evicted locals from the slums of Rio de Janeiro. Armed and aggressive cops were sent in by the government to destroy these poor people’s dwellings in Mangueira, so they can build parking lots for the upcoming World Cup 2014." "A dozen houses in the Mangueira slums of Rio de Janeiro have been demolished, and residents have been removed at gun point by the government of Brazil in order to…

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Added by The Establishment on January 10, 2014 at 12:30pm — 7 Comments

Should we need to choose between liberty & stability?

The process of institutional education is drawing to a close for many of us. My finals are in May and so if deduct holidays, I technically have 3 months left of university. Scary stuff. The thing is, as far as post-graduation plans go, I had found myself in a bit of a rut.



By Tash Vals, AFROPUNK Contributor *



Let’s rewind a little.

Having started off in an airline company back in Africa that…

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Added by The Establishment on January 6, 2014 at 8:26am — No Comments

News: Leticia James New York City's First Black Woman Public Advocate

Congratulations to Leticia James for being sworn in as New York City's first Black Woman Public Advocate.

On Wednesday January 1, Leticia James became the first Black woman to be elected to citywide office in New York City. James was inaugurated as the city's public advocate which makes James second in line to the mayorship. 

 

"The…

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Added by The Establishment on January 3, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

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