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200 Black Men Ask POTUS: What About Our Sisters?

May 30, 2014
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Today, the White House released a report that was spearheaded by an interagency task force organized to advise President Obama on the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) policy initiative. Announcing the Initiative in February, Mr. Obama expressed hope that, “By focusing on the critical challenges, risk factors, and opportunities for boys and young men of color at...
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Poetry By Jaclyn Weber

May 30, 2014
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  The Walking Dead   Girl in my history class totally started looking like a zombie from The Walking Dead.                 Maybe I’m watching too much Walking Dead…   She’s shake, shake, shaking those rotten corpse legs in off-brand Ugg’s in ripped up faded jeans blue. In...
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Women with Bad Aim

May 15, 2014
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By Colleen Ladd A group of girls stand in line at the back of a large house with white French doors, the only thing that divides you and your group as outsiders. This is the fourth door you’ve been to and the house is an olive green with the trim a lighter version of...
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No One is Disposable: Dean Spade, Reina Gossett and CeCe McDonald Discuss Prison Abolition

May 8, 2014
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By Roges Ahnet No One Is Disposable: Everyday Acts of Prison Abolition highlights the importance of utilizing a prison abolitionist framework to confront and dismantle state and interpersonal violence. In the initial installment of the series, activist and prison abolitionists Dean Spade and Reina Gossett define prison abolition as a set of four principles:...
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F-Bombs to Live By: Feminism, Faith and Functional practices

May 6, 2014
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By Stephany Rose I don’t hate white men. Though having to directly assert such a position is evidence for why my work of Abolishing White Masculinity is so critical in this present day race conversation. When I tell people I’m a professor, they are initially congratulatory and delighted. When they ask what I teach,...
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Woman Made From Iron

May 2, 2014
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By Mohadesa Najumi Dedicated to my mother.  They try to shrink you. Tame you. Convince you that all your rage is a product of your own deficiencies and not theirs. They tell you to cover up. Sink in. Become invisible so they won’t have to come eye to eye with your iron. Your flesh...
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On Boko Haram, Missing Children, and Narcissism

May 2, 2014
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By Niama Safia Sandy This month I’ve watched as everyone talked about the mounting tension between the Ukraine and Russia, the Heartbleed superbug, the South Korean ferry disaster, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, NBA team-owner Donald Sterling’s racist comments, the banana that was thrown at Dani Alves of Atletico Barcelona fame, and whatever other news...
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Nigerian Girls Deserve Better Than This

May 1, 2014
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By Minna Salami  On April 14, over two hundred girls aged twelve to seventeen were kidnapped from their school hostel in Borno, a Nigerian state that has become notorious for fundamentalism and terror. As I write this, the whereabouts of the girls remain unknown. Nor has Boko Haram, the key terror group in Nigeria, issued...
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‘Night, Beautiful

April 22, 2014
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By Emma Weisberg You’re beautiful. Why are those the hardest words to believe? The thing is I believe in what other people say pretty easily.  I’m actually an extremely gullible person.  So, how can the single phrase, “You’re beautiful,” face so much mental resistance? I’ve always had a hard time with confidence—with thinking “I...
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Rethinking Dear White People: One Viewer Questions its Depiction of Microagressions for Today’s Youth

April 22, 2014
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By Monique John While only recently picked up by Lionsgate Films, Dear White People has had the Internet buzzing for over a year. The indie black art-house film, directed by Justin Simien, has captured the public’s imagination with its narrative and explicit racial politics. Dear White People is set at a fictitious Ivy League...
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  • Remembering and Honoring Toni Cade Bambara Sanchez

    Sonia Sanchez: What are we pretending not to know today? The premise as you said, my sister, being that colored people on planet earth really know everything there is to know. And if one is not coming to grips with the knowledge, it must mean that one is either scared or pretending to be stupid.

  • Hunger Kwame Laughing Foto

    They say you had the eye; they say you saw
    into people. They say you came before as shaman
    or bruja and returned as priestess; they say you were
    stonebreaker. But for me, you were a big sister
    feeling for a lonely brother with no language
    to lament, and you gave me more days, and
    more days. Yes, they could have called you
    Grace, Bambara; they could have called you that.

  • Stroller (A Screenplay) Black families and community

    Roxana Walker-Canton: Natalie sits in her own seat in front of her mother and looks out the window. Mostly WHITE PEOPLE get on and off the bus now. The bus rides through a neighborhood of single family homes. A BLACK WOMAN with TWO WHITE CHILDREN get on the bus. Natalie stares at the children.

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