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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

October 11, 2013
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If Wishes Were Fishes: A Love Letter to Our Daughters

Today is International Day of the Girl Child. A celebration of girls the world over, this day also marks the absence of educational and other opportunities from many girls’ lives and the presence of far too much violence, from sexual assault to child marriage to hate crimes, especially for girls of color and those...
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Day of the Girl: Celebrating the Beauty that is J’dah Thibeaux

October 11, 2013
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Twenty-two years ago I met a friend for life; one of the most sincere, supportive, and loving people you’ll ever meet.  Seven years later, my dear friend had a daughter.  Her name is J’dah Thibeaux.  And like her mother, she is amazing.  J’dah is by far one of the most intriguing fifteen year old tenth grade...
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What Ralph Ellison Can Teach Us about Trayvon Martin

September 24, 2013
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What Ralph Ellison Can Teach Us about Trayvon Martin

By Dennis Tyler Jr. In light of the recent decision by the school board of education in Randolph County, North Carolina, to ban Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man from their libraries—partly because of a parent’s complaint that the book is not age-appropriate material for teenagers and partly because one board member claimed he could not...
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Love Note: Black Youth Project 100 Member Aaron Talley on Radical Love

September 6, 2013
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Love Note: Black Youth Project 100 Member Aaron Talley on Radical Love

By Aaron Talley In this era of deep political polarization and the seclusion offered by social media, one of the biggest hindrances to social change is that we view listening to each other as negotiable. Fearing conflict and misunderstanding, we do not listen to each other because we falsely believe that we always have the...
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A Radical Love Letter to my son

September 3, 2013
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By Sarah Mantilla Griffin Dear Son, I love you. I have chosen how to love you. I love you radically, and I hope that this love will keep you free. Love is a verb and it is a choice. For mothers of black children in America, it is a dangerous choice. In the wake...
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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

August 31, 2013
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An Open Letter to Our Sister, CeCe McDonald

By Brothers Writing to Live  Dear CeCe, This letter to you, sister, is past due. We are late to the struggle. And for that we are sorry. But like so many other moments of solidarity–especially those that come after crises have already ripped apart the lives of would-be comrades–we now show up as allies...
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

August 30, 2013
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Dear Facebook Friend: A Primer on Racism

By LaKisha Simmons In response to your racist memes and our ensuing discussion. You believe that race “doesn’t matter in today’s day,” that you treat all people as human, and that you do not see race.  In your heart you are color blind. But racism does not live in hearts.  Racism is not about your...
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#BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Letters from Brothers Writing to Live

August 15, 2013
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#BlackPowerIsForBlackMen: Letters from Brothers Writing to Live

By Brothers Writing to Live We are a collective of black men dedicated to challenging the ideas of black masculinity and manhood through the written word. Through our work, we explore the ugliest parts of ourselves and our community, in the hope that we can illuminate the beauty that we know exists as well....
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LGBTQ Film Feature: “U People” Fifth Anniversary Interview with Hanifah Walidah

August 14, 2013
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  Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Documentary in 2010, U People is a music video, a documentary LGBT film, and a digital archive of stories that document myriad experiences of otherness and queer-of-color life. The first ‘rockumentary’ of its kind, U People brings viewers behind the scenes of a not-so-typical music...
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if God can Cook / you Know I can: Pedagogy of Those Opting-Out of Oppression

August 14, 2013
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By Carrie Y. T. Kholi As a poet/scholar, I’m having a difficult time labeling this piece.  It feels like a tough lesson from my favorite instructors, some of their words present below.  It feels like a good poem, able to be read at 20 and 40 and after, each time teaching even the writer something...
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    Paws   In sixth grade, I started to envy certain girls’ hands. Not always manicured, but always neat. Fingers thin and smooth. These hands gently freed sheets of paper from their metal spirals and lifted loops of hair to more beautiful perches. Lunch trays floated inside their gentle grip while [...]

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    Slipping Under   Like a ghost, I prepare a bath behind a door   that hasn’t locked long as I remember.   When my mother or grandmother knocks at the open door,   I obscure what they call my “new breasts” under the soap water   and focus on the [...]

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    CONFESSION Sometimes one willingly enters a dark and empty space, the creaking of the loose boards below, the phantom moonlight above. · I had a dream that I was carrying a wounded deer in my arms. He lay there limp, depending on me completely and solely for the permission to [...]