Maintaining Solidarity in the Black Community in the Face of COVID-19

Photo Courtesy of Inclusion Solution By Giovanna Adams • We’ve all heard the sentiment over and over again. It feels good to hear and it feels good to say, doesn’t it? Those words are comforting and encouraging during a time when we are all facing uncertainty and insurmountable burdens. It really is a nice sentiment, … Continue reading Maintaining Solidarity in the Black Community in the Face of COVID-19

Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

Photo Courtesy of Jufu Han/Detroit Free Press By Stephanie Younger • CW: This article has descriptions of sexual violence. Could a hashtag topple the career of a popular artist? Hashtags have the power to raise social consciousness about the exploitation of marginalized communities, to give them a platform that influences public discourse, and to ultimately … Continue reading Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

6 Tips For White Liberals From a Womanist

Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger • As a young Black female organizer, there have been times where white liberals have invited me to work with them. As time passed, I was tokenized, consistently spoken over, stereotyped. So, I wrote this for white liberals who don't understand that white privilege gives them the … Continue reading 6 Tips For White Liberals From a Womanist

Remembering my Father

Teresa Younger as a toddler with her father, Robert "Bob" Leon Wilmer By Teresa Younger •  Given the deep divides apparent in society today, it is refreshing to re-read Poet Laurent Maya Angelou’s “Human Family” poem as a reminder of our endless similarities. “Human Family” was featured in an Apple ad during the 2016 Summer … Continue reading Remembering my Father

In Response to the Backlash Against “Karen” Memes

Wikipedia's Definition of the "Karen" Meme. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger. By Stephanie Younger •  In late January, during my break in between college lectures, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed when I suddenly came across a blog post, in which the author, a white woman, claims that "Karen" memes are "misogynistic," and … Continue reading In Response to the Backlash Against “Karen” Memes

Equity Beyond COVID-19: Why we Shouldn’t go Back to the Beginning

Photo Courtesy of iStock/RuslanDashinsky By Giovanna Adams • As a global health crisis has entered all of our lives, we’ve seen the impact on equity in education, challenges to our daily economics, and have only begun to see the ramifications on our psyches from social distancing and for some, social isolation. We must all recognize … Continue reading Equity Beyond COVID-19: Why we Shouldn’t go Back to the Beginning

How I Faced Stereotyping, Harassment and Racism

Photo Courtesy of Team Enough By Stephanie Younger • There were good and bad experiences that I had as a young Black gun violence prevention (GVP) activist between then and now, leading up to where I am today. When I was 15, I was taught to maintain resilience in the face of an empowering, defining … Continue reading How I Faced Stereotyping, Harassment and Racism

Gone.

Photo Courtesy of Raina Cornish Raina Cornish •  Gone.You left.I stayed.I waited.But you, you left. I was ready to give up my name for you But you left. You came back.I let you in. Let your words poison my mind.“I love you.”“I need you.”“Only you.” I let you do what you wanted to me because … Continue reading Gone.

Why This New Black Female Voter Should not be Forced to “Vote Blue No Matter Who”

Photo Courtesy of Joseph Blanton/Richmond Peace Education Center By Stephanie Younger •  When I learned that presidential candidate Joe Biden won 10 states on Super Tuesday on March 3rd, I couldn't help but think of his political legacy of fighting for segregation, and enforcing the criminalization of Black and Brown communities. Appalled by the amount … Continue reading Why This New Black Female Voter Should not be Forced to “Vote Blue No Matter Who”

Hermosos Tontos

Photo Courtesy of Raina Cornish By Raina Cornish •  Woman- noun ; an adult human female.  Human. But to man we are property. Coware. What women do when a man raises a fist to her.. If a woman is too strong, she wants to be a MAN.  If a woman doesn’t listen to her husband … Continue reading Hermosos Tontos