Black History Month Series

Esther Jones’ Stolen Boop: A White Woman’s Fame built on a Black Woman’s Boop

In relation to yesterday’s topic, protecting our stories and our lives from  white-washing and being written out of history, I want to introduce, Black jazz singer, Esther Jones. If you know of Betty Boop and never heard of Esther Jones, than know that her story is a classic example of how Blacks are written out of history. Jones, a Harlem…

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Black History Month Series, Influential Characters, Response Articles

Why I Haven’t Seen Hidden Figures (2016 film): Protecting Our Stories, Our History, Our Lives

The Importance of asking “Who’s the director?” This is a always question I ask before consuming any media, especially films or television shows related to Black History. When Hidden Figures was released this past Christmas, the answer to this question is the reason why I have yet to view the film. It’s the reason why I will not be seeing…

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Black History Month Series, Poetry

Spiritual Gift of Strength in Civil Disobedience

The following poem was written as a part of my mentoring position in Pongo Poetry Project’s King County Juvenile Detention Center. Each week in preparation for working with students in juvenile detention, mentors write a poem  inspired by a specific theme. The week of January 17th we wrote along the theme of Civil Disobedience, I shared the poem as apart…

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Black History Month Series, Social Policy

Barack Obama’s Presidency worked to ‘Barrack’

Now that Obama is officially our former president, his presidency is officially apart of Black history and at this end of the first week of February I want to take a moment to reflect. During the near end of his presidency I wrote a letter addressing the way he’s served the Black community by progressing our agenda of racial equity. …

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Black History Month Series

Black Hair Big Business My Past-life Madam C. J. Walker

Black hair is big business, Madam C.J. Walker’s realization of this to cater to the black communities’ hair care needs made her America’s first female self-made millionaire. Walker is one of my favorite entrepreneurs because  she specialized in the field of Black hair care. During the time that she was growing her business, Walker saw a lack of products that…

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Black History Month Series

My Birthday Used to Reflect on the Victims of State Violence: Black Lives Lost

Yesterday Travyon Martin would have turned 22 years old. Not a year goes past that I don’t reflect on his death. Today is my birthday and I am now the same age Martin would’ve been, turning 22 years old. I remember when I was the same age as Martin after he was murdered, during the trial when Americans haggled over…

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Black History Month Series

The Right ‘Type’ of Activist to Push Forward Civil Rights

Doing what’s right isn’t always defined by societal standards, especially not for Blacks in America. Societal standards, since our forced arrival on this stolen land, has always been that our existence is wrong. We’ve been climbing the ladder of humanity in different ways throughout American history. First battling to prove that ur existence is not solely for the profit of…

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Black History Month Series

Why Hide My Skin, Blessed with Melanin

2017 Black History Month Series Day 3 The significance of the media is not only important for the benefit of spreading public opinion and keeping ‘alternative facts’ in check, but it is also valuable because it provides people with a source of representation. People should be able to find themselves in the media/entertainment that they’re consuming. If one cannot find themselves…

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Black History Month Series

57 Years Ago, My Father born under Jim Crow

Black History Month Series Day 2 It’s not a lifetime ago My father is older than this, so are my grandparents, aunts, uncles and many cousins, but 57 years ago four young Black men, college students at North Carolina A&T College, started the Woolworth Sit-In. On February 1, 1960 Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain, and Joseph McNeil walked…

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