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The Establishment's Blog – November 2015 Archive (30)

PHOTO ESSAY: 'BATEKOO' - The Inclusive Club Night/Movement in Brazil That Promotes Black Empowerment & Sexual Freedom (Photos by Matheus Thierry)

Check out photographer Matheus Thierry's photo essay of Brazilian club night BATEKOO - a night which is fast becoming a social movement; encouraging black empowerment, inclusivity, and sexual freedom. Its camp say: "BATEKOO is a festival…

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Added by The Establishment on November 30, 2015 at 10:50am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Ah, Branco, dá um tempo!" - The Anti-Racism Photo Campaign by Afro-Brazilian students

Check out the "Ah, Branco, dá um tempo!" photo campaign! The anti-racism campaign, by Afro-Brazilian students via Tumblr, was founded by Lorraine Monique (an Anthropology student at the University of Brasilia) - inspired by the 'I, Too, Am Harvard' campaign, created by black students at Harvard University.…

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Added by The Establishment on November 27, 2015 at 7:36am — No Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter to the Ku Klux Klan

By KiNG, AFROPUNK Contributor

Photo by Tyler Shields





Terrorism

knows a home

so well inside you

It can't even

call itself by name

Don't even

recognize

itself separate

You, self righteous

and murderer in

the same sentence

Try and turn

Black America

into a graveyard

and name it a playground

Act like you don't

believe in resurrection

In how voices can

be both…

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Added by The Establishment on November 26, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: #NotOneDime Campaign Reconducted This Year to fight Racism and Police Brutality #BlackFriday #CyberMonday

In a capitalist society, one of the most efficient ways to make your voice heard is through your buying power. The team behind last year's #NotOneDime campaign, an economic boycott to protest the killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson which contributed to an …

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Added by The Establishment on November 24, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Threats against Black students at Howard University and Kean University (following the threats at Mizzou)

Following the threats at Mizzou, white supremacist terrorism is now rearing its ugly head at two other universities: Howard and Kean. …

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Added by The Establishment on November 20, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: Let the Paris attacks show us our common enemy

Following the recent attacks in Paris, which left over 120 people dead on November 13th, it seems what we still can never seem to afford neither the dead, nor the living, is context. Without it, all our efforts at resolution fall flat on their face. This fear, grief and loss is a lived reality, daily, outside of those moments it pierces the bubble of the global North. If we want to show respect, as many now wish to, then we must learn to lay our condolences besides the truth of…

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Added by The Establishment on November 17, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Unapologetic Pride! - The #IWillNotApologizeForBeingDarkSkin hash tag

At the beginning of this month, College student Alicia Daniella posted the following message on her twitter page: "#IWillNotApologizeForBeingDarkSkin." Now…

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Added by The Establishment on November 17, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

KNOW YOUR BLACK HISTORY: Slave Revolts on Land - The 1st confrontation with the top 1%

In the fight against chattel slavery from 1500 to 1865, the first battle-lines were drawn when the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1788.  Forty percent of the framers of the Constitution were slaveholders. Twelve of the first 16 presidents were slaveholders. Eight of the first 16 presidents held slaves while in office. The “three-fifths compromise” included in the Articles of Confederation meant Southern slaveholders gained unequaled power over congressional…

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Added by The Establishment on November 17, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "If Daniel Holtzclaw’s Alleged Victims Were White, Everyone Would Know His Name"

Daniel Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping and assaulting at least 13 Black women. However little has been written or spoken of him in the media, leading me to the following: Would there be this lack of attention if Holtzclaw was black, or (as Kirsten West Savali writes for …

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Added by The Establishment on November 16, 2015 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Black Empowerment Spreads Across Brazil With 'Marcha do Orgulho Crespo' (Afro Hair Pride March) - "We march with pride of our afros and curls"

On July 26, the 1st Afro Hair Pride March (Marcha do Orgulho Crespo) took to the streets of São Paulo to celebrate natural hair as a symbol of resistance against deeply-institutionalised racism in Brazil. The organizers behind that march (Hot Pente and Blog das Cabeludas) declared, "We march with pride of our afros and curls, holding our…

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Added by The Establishment on November 16, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Fuck off ISIS" - Yasiin Bey Speaks Frankly On Paris attacks

During a conversation with Ferrari Sheppard for A Country Called Earth (taking place not long after Friday's Paris attacks), Yasiin Bey had some frank words to say about terrorism and a lack of compassion in the world; stating, “Love must and will prevail. I don’t care how corny it sounds”. “The world has been in a state of emergency. The problem is not…

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Added by The Establishment on November 16, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: #BlackOnCampus Hash Tag Sheds Light On Life As A Marginalized Student

As BBC News writes, "The racially polarised debate stemming from events at the University of Missouri seems to be spreading online to campuses across the US" - particularly through a new hashtag created by Concerned Student 1950, the activist group behind the Missouri protests. "Black Students and black alum, tell us your experiences as a…

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Added by The Establishment on November 16, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "30 Black Woman-Owned Online Stores to Shop This Holiday Season"

"There are over one million Black female business owners in the United States today, and black women are becoming entrepreneurs at six times the rate of the average American," writes COLOURES. In support of these entrepreneurial women, COLOURES published a listicle entitled "30 Black Woman-Owned Online Stores to Shop This Holiday Season". …

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Added by The Establishment on November 13, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: "I'll be a happy Black man" - How to work on happiness when we have every reason to be angry

Nothing gets under my skin than to see good people be affected by dumb-ass people and their infantile logic. But I soon realized there is a way to combat this feeling. There is a way to combat all the bullshit. I'm not saying that it's the most effective way to live, but it's…
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Added by The Establishment on November 13, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Obama named "Ally of the year" by Out Magazine + First Sitting President To Be Photographed For The Cover of an LGBT Title

Check out the latest cover star of Out! President Obama, named by the magazine as "Ally of the Year", covers Out's new issue (the annual issue dedicated to the 100 most influential people in the LGBT community) - the first sitting president to appear on an LGBT title. Aaron Hicklin, Out’s editor-in-chief, …

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Added by The Establishment on November 12, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Dear Women in the World, Please Stop Making a Mockery of Sexual Violence Against Men

On Tuesday, social media outlet Women in the World posted an article about a black man being sexually harassed by two women with a derisive caption: “apparently twerking is a “capital offense” now.” This post was followed by continual jesting from men and women alike in the comments section. Dear Women in the World, Did you know as much as I call myself a feminist, like you all do, I…

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Added by The Establishment on November 12, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: #deixaocabelodameninanomundo campaign by NoBrasil - Brazilian Designer Diane Lima uses her platform to promote nappy/natural hair pride

Check out the #deixaocabelodameninanomundo campaign, by NoBrasil (a platform that connects people who are transforming the country through creativity; and promotes solidarity, diversity and ethics in creative processes). In the video below via TEDXSãoPaulo, watch NoBrasil's creative director and designer Diane Lima discusses the aim of the company and it's hashtag…

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Added by The Establishment on November 11, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Badass Black Queer Women Paved the Way for the Mizzou Movement"

"Badass Black Queer Women Paved the Way for the Mizzou Movement', writes Yvonne S. Marquez in a new article for Autostraddle. For those unaware of this movement: "After months of student protests over racist incidents and a slew of other issues that deeply impact women and minority students,…

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Added by The Establishment on November 11, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: An "Impossible" Dream Come True - Trans Writer & Activist Janet Mock's Opens Up About Her Recent Wedding

Check out Janet Mock's powerful words about her recent wedding, which took place last week. In the article (published on Brides.com), Mock writes: "I struggled to imagine what my wedding day would look like because I had never imagined that I would actually have a wedding. I grew up in a world where girls like myself rarely got the guy in the end, where partnership wasn't readily accessible, safety wasn't guaranteed, and love wasn't part of the equation. I had no…

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Added by The Establishment on November 10, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Women of #BlackLivesMatter in Brazil

"Police in Brazil have killed nearly as many people in the past five years as U.S. police have killed during the past 30 years, according to statistics from the FBI and the Brazilian Public Safety Forum. On average, Brazilian law enforcement killed six people per day between 2009 and 2013, a study by the São Paulo-based research group found. And the victims of police violence in Brazil are overwhelmingly Black and poor," states Kaelyn Forde for Refinery29. In this…

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Added by The Establishment on November 10, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

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