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The Establishment's Blog – December 2015 Archive (22)

OP-ED: For Black Boys Who Considered Anime When The Nightly News Was Way Too Much

As an aesthetic, anime is not in my wheelhouse. I am enamored with efficient and concise storytelling, development that doesn’t over explain, but trusts its viewers to put two and two together and doesn’t feel the need to devote 40% of its time recapping itself. So, me watching anime is by design an exercise of patience I did not know I possessed. I’m…

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Added by The Establishment on December 31, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Sistah Vegan - 'White Fragility: Daring to Critique the Mainstream Food and Sustainability Movement’s White Hero'

If you’ve been following me for awhile, you’ve figure out that I’ve begun to use ‘fake’ advertisements to inspire dialog about the [white] elephant in the [dining] room. Recently, I wrote about what it means to propose permaculture workshops or retreats in ‘sundown’ towns (i.e., assuming everyone is white and will feel comfortable and safe in a ‘sundown’ region of the USA to learn permaculture). The post was called, …

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Added by The Establishment on December 31, 2015 at 6:15am — No Comments

FEATURE: Twitter Mocks Hillary Clinton's Pandering (after she posted a Kwanzaa-themed avatar) & Send Her Suggestions For A #NewHillaryLogo

It's not news that black people become white politicians' "best friends" come election time; however Hillary Clinton has learnt the hard way that there is a fine line when it comes to pandering for votes from the black community. The candidate for US president in 2016 received widespread backlash after posting a Kwanzaa-themed avatar on her twitter account Saturday night, and many argue that it seems to be about doing what her team thinks looks "cool" while being…

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Added by The Establishment on December 30, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Model & Blogger Cipriana Quann Sues NYPD For Alleged False Arrest Outside Brooklyn Nightclub

As reported by the NY Daily News, model and blogger Cipriana Quann is suing the New York Police Department. Quann, editor-in-chief of Urban Bush Babes, claims that she was falsely arrested by police (who were seeking a drug suspect) in May…

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Added by The Establishment on December 30, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Dr. Amie Breeze Harper - The Diversity Strategist, Writer, And Founder of The Sistah Vegan Project

Meet Dr. Amie Breeze Harper - the Critical Race, Decolonial, & Black Feminist Theorist. Harper, who has a PhD in Social Science and an MA in Educational Technologies from Harvard University, is widely known for her work as a diversity and inclusion consultant; as well as being the founder of the Sistah Vegan Project - a blog that the acclaimed writer…

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Added by The Establishment on December 29, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Police Will Not Face Charges Over The Killing of Tamir Rice

A US grand jury has decided that Cleveland policeman Timothy Loehman, the white officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014, will not face charges for what can only be described as murder - as well as others involved in the case. Did they expect us not to notice because it's the holidays? Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty recommended the grand jurors' decision. "Mr. McGinty said that no matter how tragic the circumstances involving Tamir’s…

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Added by The Establishment on December 29, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Picture The Homeless - The Grassroots Organization (Founded And Led By Homeless People) That Fights For Social Justice

Check out Picture the Homeless - a grassroots community organizer focused on Civil Rights, housing, and education; founded and run by homeless people. Formed due to the increased harassment of homeless and African American men by police in New York, Anthony Williams and Lewis Haggins - two homeless men - founded the Bronx based nonprofit in 1999. Picture The Homeless state: "When Nicole Barrett was injured with a brick on the streets of New York in November of 1999,…

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Added by The Establishment on December 28, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Young, black activists emerge amid repeated police controversies in Chicago"

Since the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year (shot and killed by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke), young, black activists have been at the forefront of frequent protests in the city - described by the Chicago Tribune in a recent article as "a younger generation taking…

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Added by The Establishment on December 24, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Rita Bosaho of Progressive Political Party Podemos Becomes Spain's First Black Woman MP

“Why is it so striking that a black woman could end up in parliament? What does that say about us all being integrated?” states Rita Bosaho. Representing the Spanish political party Podemos, Bosaho (who was born in Equatorial Guinea and moved to Spain more than 30 years ago) has now become Spain's first black woman MP - in an election that saw a record number of women voted into the country’s lower parliament. …

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Added by The Establishment on December 23, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

KNOW YOUR BLACK HISTORY: Immigrants and Allies - Juan Cortina, Mexico and the Fight for Black Freedom

Hate speech against Mexicans and Mexican-Americans is well publicized this presidential cycle. But it is important to remember that Mexico and its people have historically sympathized with the plight of black Americans. As a black Creole who has Mexican relatives, I feel it is important to acknowledge how much history Mexicans, Afro-Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and black Americans have in common. It is time to acknowledge Mexican hero Juan…

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Added by The Establishment on December 22, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Natural Hair Blogger Felipe Monteiro Talks About Men With Natural Hair In Brazil

You may or may not have noticed, but there's been a steady rise in the amount of men who are talking about their hair care on social networks. Three years ago, I was frustrated by the lack of male natural hair care references on Youtube (especially in Brazil), in which I could watch videos about caring for kinky and curly hair; so I ended up like many men watching video tutorials by black women. I was inspired nonetheless (after all, our hair is the same). It was…
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Added by The Establishment on December 21, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Sandra Bland: An American Tragedy"

"An American Tragedy!" That's the title of Bryan Smith's new in-depth article on Sandra Bland and the aftermath of her tragic death (found dead in a Texas jail after being threatened, assaulted, and arrested by Texas Trooper Brian Encinia during a traffic…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino"

"Not all Latinos are the same, as projects like #DefineBlack and #LatinosBreakTheMold are proving. Latinos come in many different races, and from many different parts of the world. It's that diversity that makes the Latino identity so dynamic. Assuming that someone isn't Latino simply because they don't look "traditionally" Latino is problematic," states writer Zeba Blay in a new article for Huffington Post (titled, "Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2015 at 12:07pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "This 116-Year-Old Brooklyn Woman Is the World’s Oldest Person"

Meet Susannah Mushatt Jones, the oldest verified person in the world. The Brooklyn resident was born in Alabama on July 6, 1899, and became the world's oldest person this year on June 17th (after the death of Jeralean Talley, who was six weeks older than her). Profiling the 116-year-old for NYMag, Christopher Bonanos writes: "One hundred and sixteen years ago, Susie’s tenant-­farmer father, Callie, could theoretically have voted, though Alabama’s poll taxes and…

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Added by The Establishment on December 17, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

PHOTO ESSAY: Over 10,000 Participate in Brasilia's First Black Women's March Against Racism, Violence and for Well Being

Activists from the Black Women’s Movement in Brazil and a wide array of social organizations marched on Wednesday November 18th 2015 to commemorate the first National Black Women's March Against Racism, Violence and for Well Being. Over 10,000 activists from all over Brazil…

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Added by The Establishment on December 15, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: Funny facts – Being a black backpacker

I started a long journey in September 2014. I spent five months in Melbourne (Australia), six months in Queensland (Australia), one month around Indonesia and one month around Thailand. I heard so many comments about my hair, my color. In Thailand, people asked me if they could touch me. It was indeed really cute and I was charmed by their open mindedness and willingness to know more. In Indonesia, I was nicknamed "alien" by locals because of my hair style "bantu…

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

OP-ED: Five black boys executed by police in Rio de Janeiro. How much is a Black life worth in Brazil?

Five more Black young men were brutally murdered inside a car on November 28, hit by 111 shots from the Rio de Janeiro’s military policemen. They were Wilton, 20 years old, Wesley, 25 y/o, Roberto, 16 y/o, Cleiton, 18 y/o, and Carlos Eduardo, 16 y/o. According to their families and witnessess they were going to meet with friends and prepare a meal to celebrate Roberto’s first salary, when they were surprised by military policemen who instantly fired their car with 111 shots that…

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Added by The Establishment on December 7, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Leaked Documents Reveal Alabama Police Department Planted Drugs & Weapons on Black Men For Years

In what could be the case with so many drugs convictions across the US... leaked documents have revealed that a police department in Alabama planted drugs on black men for years. Henry Country Report writes: "The Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have…

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Added by The Establishment on December 4, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Misogyny On The Mag Mile: A Turning Point" - Black Queer Women Organizers Attacked During Black Friday Demonstration

On Black Friday, several Black queer women organizers were attacked by male attendees during Chicago's Black Friday demonstration on the Magnificent Mile. Radical Faggot reports: "As organizers began to address the crowd, several well-known Black elders forced their way to the front, pushed youth organizers [youth…

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Added by The Establishment on December 4, 2015 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: The 'Afrobapho' Project - Empowering Marginalized Voices In The Intersection Among Race, Gender and Sexuality

Check out the latest photo series from Afrobapho - a digital project that "stands for black people's empowerment and visibility in Brazil," as stated by Alan Costa (an openly gay Afro-Brazilian living in Salvador, Bahia, and part of the project). Costa tells us: "The Afrobapho is a space earmarked for visibility and empowerment of marginalized voices in the intersection among race, gender and sexuality (in a black struggle perspective). The project…

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Added by The Establishment on December 2, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

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