Dispute the Questions: Reflections on non-hegemonic feminism in Latin America

Art by Dawn Okoro, Roshi Tecnica Mixta By Mariana Álvarez Castillo •  Regarding the feminist commemoration dates, it is important to think about some of the discussions that have historically taken place within the movement, but that in the context of the recent 8M are shaken, deepened, and resumed. I like to think that this … Continue reading Dispute the Questions: Reflections on non-hegemonic feminism in Latin America

Bodies and Forcefulness: The experience of blackness in the work of Delphine Desane

Art by Delphine Desane By Mariana Álvarez Castillo •  Delphine Desane (B. 1988) places moments of her world in limbos of colors: from her experience as a Black woman in Europe, she brings situations, outfits, faces and hair to the canvas. With flat colored backgrounds and penetrating gazes, Delphine makes visible the black corporality that … Continue reading Bodies and Forcefulness: The experience of blackness in the work of Delphine Desane

The Movement Fighting for LGBTQ+ Liberation in Ghana

Photo courtesy of Ludovic Berton By Stephanie Younger • Last week, we spoke with Fatima Derby, a Ghanaian feminist thinker, writer and organizer, who stands for freedom, justice and equality. During our conversation via Instagram Live, we discussed the violence LGBTQ+ people in Ghana are experiencing, what influences homophobic and transphobic violence against queer and … Continue reading The Movement Fighting for LGBTQ+ Liberation in Ghana

10 Readings Authored by Black Feminists and Abolitionists

Art by Stephanie Younger. Flowers grown in Teresa Younger's Garden. Black Feminist Collective has a put together a collection of 10 articles authored by Black feminists and abolitionists. Black Feminism Offers a Path to Abolition, by Elizabeth Jordie Davies for Bitch Media Black Trans Thought Can Set Us Free, by George Yancy for Truthout The … Continue reading 10 Readings Authored by Black Feminists and Abolitionists

To My Black Relative Who Called The Police

"You instilled a sense of fear within your kin, and chose to continue the cycle of criminalizing, humiliating Black children. I will disrupt that cycle, and I stand by those words." Anonymous • Content Warning: Mentions of suicide and self-harm, and descriptions of ableism and anti-Blackness. To my relative who called the police, When I … Continue reading To My Black Relative Who Called The Police

Prioritizing Promises over Pennies: The Exploitation of Black Trauma for Profit

Photo courtesy of Jazz Thompson/The Bristol Cable By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  In an effort to achieve what some may call “the American Dream”, “reparations”, or just “getting theirs” — far too often do we see the main perpetrators and victims sharing the skin color and experiences. While the Black experience is not a monolithic … Continue reading Prioritizing Promises over Pennies: The Exploitation of Black Trauma for Profit

No One Should ‘Enjoy Things’ at the Expense of Black Lives

Tweets by Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger • During a movement in defense of Black life calling for the abolition of the police state and the carceral state, it seemed that liberals who were saying "listen to Black women," were solely speaking in reference to Black women who do the labor of "saving our Democracy." … Continue reading No One Should ‘Enjoy Things’ at the Expense of Black Lives

Demonizing Human Movement: Criminalizing Immigrants in the United States

Photo courtesy of ClayToonz By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  Immigration is a universal practice by people that’s survived countless generations. The United States is known universally as a “melting pot” of culture and nationality. The inclusion and diversity of America is often embraced and is her most remarkable feature yet, internationally. Racial and ethnic variety … Continue reading Demonizing Human Movement: Criminalizing Immigrants in the United States

New York City School Integration, An Urban Legend

Photo courtesy of Frank Hurley/NY Daily News Archive/Getty Images By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  If I were to ask you when New York City schools were integrated, what would you tell me?  1954 right? In fact, most people reference Brown versus The Board of Education and 1954 as when schools were integrated.  You're not wrong … Continue reading New York City School Integration, An Urban Legend

On the Ancestral Blessing of a Union

Photo courtesy of Jeff Grigg By Yemi Miller-Tonnet •   During the Civil War,Harriet Tubman spent some monthsin South Carolina’s low countryworking as a nurse for the Union armyand a laundress in a local wash house.Harriett mended wounds,changed gauze, scrubbed linens,and hung shirts on clothespins.She worked and waiteduntil orders from the north camefor her to form … Continue reading On the Ancestral Blessing of a Union

Black Women and Girls Must Be Protected When We Are Alive

Photo courtesy of Alina Amador By Teresa Younger •  Content warning: Mentions of sexual violence and murder. According to PEW Research Center, 235 Black people were shot to death by the police in 2019. The social movement against systemic racism and police violence continued in 2020, when believers around the world turned out following the … Continue reading Black Women and Girls Must Be Protected When We Are Alive

A Tale of Two Schools: Brooklyn College Edition

Photo courtesy of Marissa Mann By Marissa Mann • REFRESH THIS PAGE IF THE DOCUMENT DOESN'T LOAD. Marissa Mann is a graduate student studying Speech-Language Pathology, who loves advocating and helping those who are in need and feel that they do not have a voice. Marissa's project highlighted their college experience during the COVID-19 pandemic … Continue reading A Tale of Two Schools: Brooklyn College Edition

What Alice Walker’s Definition of Womanism Taught Me in 2020

Photo courtesy of Eze Amos/Getty Images 1. From womanish.  (Opp. of “girlish,” i.e. frivolous, irresponsible, not serious.)  A black feminist or feminist of color.  From the black folk expression of mothers to female children, “you acting womanish,” i.e., like a woman.  Usually referring to outrageous, audacious, courageous or willful behavior. Wanting to know more and in greater depth than … Continue reading What Alice Walker’s Definition of Womanism Taught Me in 2020

A Hummingbird in the Palm: The Impact of Racism on Black Women’s Mental Health

Art by Stephanie Younger. Flowers grown in Teresa Younger's Garden. By Joyce Angela Jellison Hounkanrin • I hate mornings, yet I make a promise to myself to be up early. This morning I have no choice in the matter; someone is incessant in their attempts to reach me. The phone, which I keep under my … Continue reading A Hummingbird in the Palm: The Impact of Racism on Black Women’s Mental Health

How America Believed the Coronavirus Proved the Existence of Educational Inequity

Photo courtesy of Kayla Dorancy, Dr. Shawn Rux (The Real Pandemic) By Kayla Alexandria Dorancy •  REFRESH THIS PAGE IF THE DOCUMENT DOESN'T LOAD. For as long as she can remember, Kayla Alexandria Dorancy has been motivated by her parents -- both educators, to fulfill her part in expanding education and exposing inequity/inequality towards Black … Continue reading How America Believed the Coronavirus Proved the Existence of Educational Inequity

Call-to-Action Update: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students in Virginia

Art by Stephanie Younger By Skyla Bailey •  A Message to Virginia Department of Education (VDOE): Our history classes constantly teach students to think of European History when they think of “American” History. However, African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinx Americans are all part of America. Students of Color in Virginia want to … Continue reading Call-to-Action Update: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students in Virginia

Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

Tweets by Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger • Demanding labor from Black youth is rooted the anti-Black idea that our worthiness relies on what we do and how much we do, which affects the fight for our liberation. Liberals have been demanding labor from young Black feminists to electing our way towards Black liberation. There … Continue reading Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

Colleges Pretend to Care about Black People

Students celebrate the resignation of University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe amid allegations of racism. Photo courtesy of Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images. By James A. Perry Jr. •  The presence of elitism, capitalism, racism, and sexism are still ubiquitous within the apparatus of higher education. Higher education leaders need to move beyond rhetoric involving diversity, … Continue reading Colleges Pretend to Care about Black People

Call-to-Action: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students In Virginia

Art by Stephanie Younger By Skyla Bailey •  As Black and Brown youth, we are tired of being considered second place, tired of having the education system fail us, and tired of being behind. We want to have all schools in Virginia to become equitable sanctuaries where every student can flourish. This petition is an … Continue reading Call-to-Action: Making Classrooms Equitable for Black and Brown Students In Virginia

Who is Solidarity For: Intra-Racial Solidarity for True Black Liberation

"Co-opting #SayHerName by sharing #SayHisName, pushing Black women (cis and trans) out of the conversation, ignoring the experiences of Black trans sex workers, and disregarding the voices of Black youth among other erasures stifle our ability to fully articulate the holistic violence of police and policing. Intra-racial solidarity building is extremely critical in articulating the … Continue reading Who is Solidarity For: Intra-Racial Solidarity for True Black Liberation

Reflections on Black Suffering, Grief and Re-imagining Freedom

Photo courtesy Unknown By Alexandra Brown • This reflective piece is a summary and critical analysis of a conversation between author, activist, and Afro-Pessimist philosopher, Professor Frank B. Wilderson III and Chairman of ‘Before Columbus Foundation’, Justin Desmangles. The discussion was entitled, ‘Re-Imagining the Black Body: Race, Memory, and the Excavation of Freedom Now’.  I … Continue reading Reflections on Black Suffering, Grief and Re-imagining Freedom

An Open Letter to the “What About”s

Photo courtesy of The Graphics Fairy By Tani Washington • It seems that every year, when Black activists speak up against large-scale inequity and systemic brutality against people of color, there are those who attempt to qualify this suffering through questions that point to the sufferings of other, usually non-marginalized, groups. This kind of response … Continue reading An Open Letter to the “What About”s

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 • Content warning: Mentions 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 change the … Continue reading Analysis: The Movement that Cancelled R. Kelly

6 Ways I Have Faced Anti-Blackness By White Liberals

"White liberals who claim to be anti-racist, while forcing Black women into the same spaces as white supremacists, policing how we respond to oppression, and speaking over us to center their own voices, are part of the same problem. As long as they continue to do this, they will never recognize the significance of doing … Continue reading 6 Ways I Have Faced Anti-Blackness By White Liberals

The Backlash Against “Karen” Memes is Peak White Feminism

Wikipedia's Definition of a Karen. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  In late January, I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed during my break in between college lectures when I came across a blog post, in which the author claims that "Karen" memes are "misogynistic," make white women "invisible," "marginalized, wondering … Continue reading The Backlash Against “Karen” Memes is Peak White Feminism

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 a Movement to Fight Gun Violence Has Silenced Black Youth

Photo courtesy of Team Enough via Twitter By Stephanie Younger • Police shootings against Black people initially galvanized me into the work that I do, which eventually led into organizing for the abolition of youth prisons. One week after the Parkland shooting, I first heard about a local March For Our Lives rally in Richmond, … Continue reading How a Movement to Fight Gun Violence Has Silenced Black Youth

The Mataculebra, the Ultimate Expression of Slavery in the Carnival of Tenerife

https://youtu.be/_VJPMGDLCwo We cannot help but be surprised by the capacity of Spanish society to normalize brutal acts with racist content, disguised as alleged anti-racist content. This is the case of the Mataculebra perpetrated in Puerto de la Cruz de Tenerife. The video speaks for itself and we will not say more than that it is … Continue reading The Mataculebra, the Ultimate Expression of Slavery in the Carnival of Tenerife

Token

Photo courtesy of Deun Ivory/LLC By Summar McGee • I am a Black girl at a PWI.  So I get a lot of kudos.  The people congratulate me for “making it” out of poverty Through an “education”  and to as close to whiteness as I’ll ever be.  Summar McGee is a Black woman, student & writer from Mississippi.

Analysis: Where Gender Stereotypes Intersect with Anti-Black Racism

Photo Courtesy of Phuong Tran/ACLU of VirginiaPhoto Courtesy of Teresa Younger By Stephanie Younger •  Do the ways we talk about gender stereotypes represent the struggles we all go through? In Katherine Toland Frith and Barbara Mueller’s article entitled, “Advertisements Stereotype Women” written for the book, “Advertising and Societies: Global Issues,” they write about how … Continue reading Analysis: Where Gender Stereotypes Intersect with Anti-Black Racism

Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

Photo courtesy of Teresa Younger By Teresa Younger •  Complete with unsolicited comments, touching attempts from strangers, and pressure to do away with your coils right now, or you risk the shame of being prevented from attending your graduation or losing gainful employment? Is natural hair controversy a real thing? How have generations dealt with … Continue reading Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

4 reasons why Alcoy’s Black Pages are Violence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMc0jhIxnVQ By Elvira Swartch Lorenzo •  It doesn't matter what you think you are trying to represent. It does not matter that you think that this way you make children happy. It doesn't matter if it's a tradition. If you paint yourself in a color that is not yours, it is racist. The blackface controversy   comes every Christmas like nougat. We can … Continue reading 4 reasons why Alcoy’s Black Pages are Violence

The Mental Health Stigma and its Impact on Black Youth

"Believe Black youth when we open up about their mental health, and accept us for who we are." Anonymous • Content Warning: Mentions of self-harm • In the Black community, talking down to, speaking poorly of, publicly humiliating and criminalizing Black youth as a whole is acceptable. In the Black community, body shaming, and devaluing … Continue reading The Mental Health Stigma and its Impact on Black Youth

The Long Legacy of Anti-Blackness within the Mainstream Feminist Movement

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPi8TJyFJ5D/ https://twitter.com/saint_CHuBBZ/status/822940921847279617 By Stephanie Younger • This year, the Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles, California was excluded by the Women’s March in LA. In an article for LA progressive, Melina Abdullah, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter LA, wrote an article detailing the harm caused by the Women’s March. “Beyond the specific harms, … Continue reading The Long Legacy of Anti-Blackness within the Mainstream Feminist Movement

We Must Combat Texturism within Black Communities

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger • Beyonce's 8-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy Carter has been subjected to despicable acts of anti-Blackness, from petitions calling on her parents to "comb her hair," racist social media posts about her features, and most recently, a Black male journalist and a white female journalist disparaging her features. … Continue reading We Must Combat Texturism within Black Communities

Analysis: The Impact of Policing on Black and Brown Mothers and Children

Photo courtesy of Kathleen Foster By Stephanie Younger •  Are all people in America served and protected by the law? In the documentary, “Profiled - The Mothers of Murdered Black and Latino Youth,” director Kathleen Foster utilizes the power of art, amplifies the voices of Black and Latin American women and youth, and directs attention … Continue reading Analysis: The Impact of Policing on Black and Brown Mothers and Children

Queer Windows in Dembow Music

Portrait of La Shakata Astoa. Photo courtesy of Carlos Rodriguez By Princess Jiménez •  In the Dominican Republic, where supposedly moral society and the Church often espouse virulent homophobia and transphobia, an unusual alliance has appeared among the very poorest: singers and producers of popular music genre Dembow are working with queer people and trans … Continue reading Queer Windows in Dembow Music

An Excerpt from the E-Book, “The Therapeutic Alliance Handbook”

Photo courtesy of Traycee Truth/Amazon The following excerpt is from Traycee Truth’s e-book, the Therapeutic Alliance Handbook. •  “Usually, it is customary to begin an essay/journal of this sort of measure with a precise definition regarding whiteness, yet what are the intersectionalities of this concept? Within most contemporary and progressive circles, it is assumed that the … Continue reading An Excerpt from the E-Book, “The Therapeutic Alliance Handbook”

Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Photo courtesy of Steve Helber By Belan Yeshigeta •  Women have often been given the short end of the stick when it comes to equal rights, and it is no secret that African Americans are still prejudiced against to this day. The unique experience of being apart of both of these marginalized communities is one … Continue reading Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Oppression Expression: Answering Zora Neale and Mother Lorde

Photo courtesy of Carl Van Vechten Photo courtesy of Jack Mitchell/Getty Images By Kristin Couch •  Reading Zora Neale Hurston and Audre Lorde led me to question myself about the stance I take on activism. These writers represent two polar ideals of being that I have struggled to find identification with. Zora Neale, my humanist … Continue reading Oppression Expression: Answering Zora Neale and Mother Lorde

An Excerpt From the Upcoming Novel “Of Cats and Women”

Photo courtesy of Brittany Jeter/Of Cats & Women By Brittany Jeter •  The Following Excerpt is from Brittany Jeter's upcoming novel, "Of Cats and Women." "Var always been dismissive to Joy, and Joy always been the type of girl who takes up space without even trying. Vita knew Var hated that shit about her so … Continue reading An Excerpt From the Upcoming Novel “Of Cats and Women”

Mother Nature Does Not Discriminate. America Does

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post By Kayla Austin •  The aftermath of the natural disaster that was Hurricane Katrina is a display of the effects of environmental racism, redlining, and the neglection of people of color and those facing poverty. Katrina is one of the worst natural disasters to occur in the history of the … Continue reading Mother Nature Does Not Discriminate. America Does

We Safeguard the Peace the Enslaved Africans Dared Only Dream About

"We Safeguard the Peace the Enslaved Africans Dared Only Dream About." - Sarah Mathew In partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center's annual essay contest, "Remembering 1619 and Restoring Justice." By Sarah Mathew •  In 1619, my second great grandfather was kidnapped from his home in Angola and forced onto a Portuguese slave ship, just … Continue reading We Safeguard the Peace the Enslaved Africans Dared Only Dream About

I am the Reality of my Ancestors’ Dreams for the Future

"I am the reality of their dreams for the future." - Gloria Amado In partnership with the Richmond Peace Education Center's annual essay contest, "Remembering 1619 and Restoring Justice." By Gloria Amado •  400 years ago, my ancestors were kidnapped from their homes. Not only was there fear from their original captors, the Spanish, but … Continue reading I am the Reality of my Ancestors’ Dreams for the Future

You are Never Too Little to Make a Difference

Photo courtesy of Leigh Vogel and Bethany Edwards (Dress: TheMaddyCo) By Havana Chapman-Edwards •  My name is Havana Chapman-Edwards and I am 8 years old. I am here today because sometimes democracy looks like disagreement. I can’t sit in my classroom learning about our government when the government isn’t taking my future seriously. I am here because … Continue reading You are Never Too Little to Make a Difference

Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day

Photo courtesy of S.O.N.G Photo courtesy of S.O.N.G By Taneasha White, Brooke Taylor, Sarmistha Talukdar and Rebecca Wooden Keel •  Mother’s Day inspires images of family, bonding and care. May 12 is right around the corner, and many of us will be spending the day with our family. However, we forget that many Black womxn … Continue reading Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day

Black Youth Climate Justice Movement

Art by Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  I believe in womanism and the abolition of youth prisons. I also believe that climate justice is racial justice, and in this fight for climate justice it is important to validate Black lives. Even though Black and Brown youth are one of the most affected demographics, and have been combating this issue for a … Continue reading Black Youth Climate Justice Movement

Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

Photo courtesy of Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing •  According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Intersectionality means, “the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage." This term is very well-known in … Continue reading Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

Photo courtesy of Erin Edgerton/VCU Capital News Service By Stephanie Younger •  Nearly a year ago, I was given the opportunity to deliver a speech at the March For Our Lives in Richmond, Virginia, which led to being quoted in multiple local news outlets, being invited to contribute articles to other publications and to organize … Continue reading Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

For Black Girls Who Are Tired, but Rest Isn’t Enough

"Black Womanhood is only exalted if it’s in servitude for someone else. Why are almost all popular depictions have Black women having to be super-humans?" - Atari Gems By Atari Gems •  I'm exhausted. My mother tells me to slow down. Drink more water. Cut back on the things. Limit time on social media. Go … Continue reading For Black Girls Who Are Tired, but Rest Isn’t Enough

An Open Essay About My Experiences with the White Moderate

Photo courtesy of Howard Sochurek/Getty Images By Stephanie Younger •  In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote in his "Letter From a Birmingham Jail," "I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro's great stumbling block in his stride towards freedom is not the White Citizens Counciler, or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the … Continue reading An Open Essay About My Experiences with the White Moderate

Reconstruction Over Reformation: The Argument Against Liberal Feminism’s Relevance in 2019

"Where liberal feminism is shallow, intersectional feminism is deep; where liberal feminism lacks, intersectional feminism compensates; where liberal feminism seeks to reform, intersectional feminism seeks to reconstruct." - Roshaé M. Lowe. By Roshaé M. Lowe •  Liberal feminism (often interchangeable with humanist feminism1) has very little relevance today. Times have changed and gender is no longer … Continue reading Reconstruction Over Reformation: The Argument Against Liberal Feminism’s Relevance in 2019

Teach Black Children to Swim

Olympic Swimmer Simone Manuel. Photo courtesy of 2016 NBC Universal Media/LLC By Zakkiyya Anderson •  Teach our Black children to swim Take them to the ocean and show them life has no bounds Teach Black children to read and to explore more than the outside of their broken door Give them tangible hope Dreams that aren't just riddled in fables Show them … Continue reading Teach Black Children to Swim

What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

Art courtesy of Mary Syloria By Fallen Matthew •  Life just keeps getting better and better for me. I have been afflicted with inexplicable symptoms and anxiety surrounding them for the past decade—all of which were either downplayed or dismissed by my MD, an upper-middle class white man generations removed from mine, despite a CT … Continue reading What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

Protect My Olive: How Policies Around Gender Binaries Affect the Representation of The Black Womxn’s Olive Within Family Planning Commercials

"Protect My Olive: How Policies Around Gender Binaries Affect the Portrayal of Black Womxns' Olives Within Family Planning Commercials" - by Jameelah Lewis By Jameelah Lewis •  "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me," these are just a few that every person bullied followed by to stay strong, but … Continue reading Protect My Olive: How Policies Around Gender Binaries Affect the Representation of The Black Womxn’s Olive Within Family Planning Commercials

5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

Photo courtesy of John Hamilton/Visual Editor By Daylisha Reid •  I grew up in a family with liberal viewpoints. As a child I had a basic, uninformed understanding of politics: Republicans are racist and influenced policies that benefited the wealthy, and kept the poor stagnant; Democrats are not racist, they are progressive human rights influencers … Continue reading 5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

What Armed Teachers and Police Presence Mean for Black Youth

Photo courtesy of Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America. By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing •  On February 14, 2018, my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, came face-to-face with gun violence. On that day I was on the 2nd floor of the Freshman building, the same building we lost 17 of our MSD Eagles. I hid behind my teacher’s desk … Continue reading What Armed Teachers and Police Presence Mean for Black Youth

#FreeCyntoiaBrown: Black Women Must be Centered in Conversations and Actions to End Slavery

Photo courtesy of Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean By Stephanie Younger • When she was 16, Cyntoia Brown lived in a hotel with an adult who sexually enslaved her, assaulted her, and threatened her. In 2004, another white man who sexually enslaved and abused Brown, and often intimidated her with guns. Out of fear, she shot him, … Continue reading #FreeCyntoiaBrown: Black Women Must be Centered in Conversations and Actions to End Slavery

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Student Activism and Black Girl Magic

Photo courtesy of Jessica Holmes and Megan Landmeier Photography/Teen Vogue By Stephanie Younger •  7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her story went viral and captured the attention of CNN, Refinery29, … Continue reading Havana Chapman-Edwards on Student Activism and Black Girl Magic

Black Girls Should Matter at School

Photo courtesy of Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics By Stephanie Younger • My advocacy for the abolition of youth prisons is influenced by the discrimination I experienced in school. Feeling unaccepted by my white peers and profiled by my teachers, I quickly internalized the notion that my Blackness wasn’t desirable. I was so consumed in the self-hatred … Continue reading Black Girls Should Matter at School

The Black Youth Standing for the Closure of Youth Prisons in Virginia

Photo courtesy of Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics By Stephanie Younger •  On Saturday Nov. 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics, to "honor the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline." The community, composed of speakers, dancers, singers, poets and other performers gathered outside of Hotchkiss … Continue reading The Black Youth Standing for the Closure of Youth Prisons in Virginia

“Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  Art 180 is an RVA-based organization that gives marginalized young people the opportunity to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance, and more. On Friday, October 5th, they opened "Lift Us Up! Don't Push Us Out!" a mixed-reality exhibit that raises awareness about the … Continue reading “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

The Movement Demanding Justice For Marcus-David Peters

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  A week ago, I met Princess Blanding at an art build for the upcoming National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters. I recently had a conversation with Blanding about how the police murder of her brother, Marcus-David Peters, pushed her into activism. Stephanie Younger: … Continue reading The Movement Demanding Justice For Marcus-David Peters

Patrisse Cullors on Art, Intersectionality, and Her Memoir

Photo courtesy of Agaton Strom Photography By Stephanie Younger •  On June 11, 2018, I had the unforgettable experience of meeting Patrisse Cullors, briefly after she accepted the "Next Generation Award" at the ACLU National Membership Conference. Cullors is an organizer, writer and artist who co-founded Black Lives Matter and founded Dignity and Power Now. … Continue reading Patrisse Cullors on Art, Intersectionality, and Her Memoir

When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

Art by Stephanie Younger. By Stephanie Younger •  My painting in Art 180's gallery called "Everything is Connected" shares the online harassment I faced for acknowledging the Black youth have been rallying against gun violence for generations and my experiences with racism in the gun violence prevention community. This piece has allowed me to express … Continue reading When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism and the Fight for Black Lives

Photo courtesy of Agaton Strom Photography Photo courtesy of Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images North America By Stephanie Younger •  The murder of Trayvon Martin ignited a fire within a then 12-year-old Nupol Kiazolu "that [she's] never felt before." "I couldn’t fully articulate how I felt at the time, but I knew I was angry," she wrote … Continue reading Nupol Kiazolu on Womanism and the Fight for Black Lives

Richmond Protestors Demand Justice for Marcus-David Peters

Photo courtesy unknown By Stephanie Younger •  Virginia, we have a problem. We need to come to terms with our state’s history of the marginalization of the Black community. Virginia is where the first enslaved Africans were brought against their will. We live in Richmond, the former capital of the Confederacy. A racist act of … Continue reading Richmond Protestors Demand Justice for Marcus-David Peters

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

Art and photo courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger •  The following list is based on real micro-aggressions and instances of racism I've experienced, written on the mixed-media piece I created in a VCU Future Studio program at the VCU Arts' Department of Sculpture + Extended Media, and exhibited at Art 180. It symbolizes … Continue reading 20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

Photo courtesy of Church Hill People's News By Stephanie Younger •  Today, I spoke at a March For Our Lives demonstration in Richmond addressing the fatal school shooting at Majory Stoneman Douglas High school in Parkland, Florida. My speech shed some light onto how gun violence disproportionately affects women, queer and trans people, and Black … Continue reading It’s Important to Listen to Black Girls in the Fight Against Gun Violence

Marching For Juvenile Justice with Art 180, Rise For Youth and Performing Statistics

Photo courtesy of Mark Strandquist/Performing Statistics By Stephanie Younger •  On the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017, hundreds in Richmond, Virginia participated in the Juvenile Justice Parade, calling for the closure of youth prisons in Virginia. Marchers wore silk-screen t-shirts that read, "guide us, don't criminalize us," and carried banners and signs created by … Continue reading Marching For Juvenile Justice with Art 180, Rise For Youth and Performing Statistics

Richmond Marches for Racial Justice

Photo courtesy of Richmond Grid Photo courtesy of Teresa Younger By Stephanie Younger •  On August 11-12, Klansmen, and Neo-Nazis attended the Unite the Right Rally, a demonstration against the removal of the Confederate monument. They attacked anti-racist counter-protestors, many comprised of anti-fascist, and Black Lives Matter activists. According to Al-Jazeera, the white supremacists' violence … Continue reading Richmond Marches for Racial Justice

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Illustration by Debra Cartwright By Stephanie Younger •  A 16-year-old Black teen who has witnessed the two fatal shootings of her childhood best friends, tries to make sense of the world. Starr Carter witnessed the first shooting when she was ten.  It was a violent crime in a violent neighborhood, and goes unsolved. After that … Continue reading Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

14 Black Girls, Women & Non-binary People Every Intersectional Feminist Should Know About

By Stephanie Younger •  Many institutions fail to educate people about Black liberation and the feminist movement from the narratives Black women, Black girls and Black non-binary people, who are often discredited for their work on the frontlines of Black liberation—which is often centered around cishet Black men, and mainstream feminism—which often centers cishet white … Continue reading 14 Black Girls, Women & Non-binary People Every Intersectional Feminist Should Know About