Black History Month Series

No Law Protected Our First Black Female Prosecutor: Murder Case Left Unresolved

For the past few weeks I’ve been watching How to Get Away with Murder, another one of my favorite legal dramas is Scandal, for the simple fact that I love seeing Black women in power. The fact that I studied law in college makes the plots all the more interesting, aside from the fact that in both shows the director,…

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Black History Month Series

The History of Blacks in the Circus from the Unpaid Sideshow Slave to the Ringmaster

The circus is a place where we can be amazed by the miraculous ability of the human body, dazzled by acrobatics and pushed to the edge of comfort by the threat of danger. The circus is fun because there we have a chance to come face to face with abnormalities that we don’t get to encounter during our daily lives.…

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Black History Month Series

The Assassinated & Forgotten Civil Rights Leader Who Paved the Way for MLK

There are so many influential Black characters that we are unaware of. Today while scrolling through Facebook I came across a quick informative video by Timeline News. Their videos feature Black activists whose stories are never written in the history books, they are our forgotten heroes. Overtime I come across a new name of a Black activist whose done outstanding…

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Black History Month Series

Record Setting Black Athletes during the Jim Crow Era

These past few weeks of research and writing for February’s Black History Month series has been a deeply rewarding experience as a young Black woman. I’ve learned about the names, voices, and accomplishments that have been hidden from our people for centuries. It’s incredible the depth of knowledge we have waiting for us to explore. There are hundreds of stories…

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Black History Month Series

Tell Your Valentine, “Happy Douglass Day” The Historic Holiday Among Former Slaves

This ‘holiday’ we call Valentines day, isn’t much different from those other days we celebrate in Western Culture, a corporate scheme to make some extra money. Something that we celebrate mindlessly, unaware of the meaning behind the day or it’s significance in our lives. How is St. Valentine relevant to me? He’s not, but each year I struggle to think…

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Black History Month Series

Black Enough to Die, but Not to Live: Historic Black Oppression in the Military

Being Black and maintaining professionalism in Western society has always been a sort of catch-22. It’s generally understood that as a Black person achieving a professional look is the equivalent adopting as many white looking characteristics as possible. For Black women this means sacrificing the unique beauty of our naturally kinky textured hair to straightening. Whether that be chemically processing…

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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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