What I Want to See for the Future

Photo Courtesy of Euro News Amaya Madarang •  Every older generation says, “Remember how we thought there’d be flying cars in the future.”  And everyone laughs and nods their heads.  “Look at us now!” the adults reply, mockingly.  Again, everyone laughs.  But, really what’s funny is that people still think that there will be flying … Continue reading What I Want to See for the Future

The Mataculebra, the ultimate expression of slavery in the carnival of Tenerife

https://youtu.be/_VJPMGDLCwo No dejamos de sorprendernos con la capacidad de la sociedad española para normalizar actos brutales de contenido racista, disfrazados de un presunto contenido antirracista. Este es el caso del Mataculebra que se perpetra en el Puerto de la Cruz de Tenerife. El vídeo habla por si solo y no diremos más de los que … Continue reading The Mataculebra, the ultimate expression of slavery in the carnival of Tenerife

Be Silence

Illustration Courtesy of LA Johnson/NPR By Nchedochukwu Ezeokoli •  undisturbed the air rang clearly with the loudness of nothingness lingering ever so gently  filling the empty spaces between the spaces filled solely with atoms of life she spoke to me disrupting the stillness mind raced in fetching images of trauma past lived repressing images of … Continue reading Be Silence

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.

Water

Photo Courtesy of Ray Collins By Sahana Kapumba • Water H20 A transparent liquid that is drunk and swam in for recreational purposes Water 60% percent of my black body Water If we already have so much why do we need more? Why do I need to overfill myself with this colorless liquid If its … Continue reading Water

Analysis: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through

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: The Ways we Talk About Gender Stereotypes Do not Represent the Struggles we All Go Through

Is it Open Season on Natural Hair?

A then 5-year-old Stephanie Younger in Summer 2007. 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 … 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 •  No importa lo que tú creas que estás tratando de representar. No importa que creas que así haces felices a los niños. No importa si es una tradición. Si te pintas de un color que no es el tuyo es racista. La controversia del blackface llega cada navidad como el turrón. … Continue reading 4 reasons why Alcoy’s Black Pages are Violence

Ways the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

Words by Stephanie Younger. Photo Courtesy of Stephanie Younger By Stephanie Younger • 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 dark skin and type 4 hair on Black girls is acceptable. In the … Continue reading Ways the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

The Terrifying Adventure of Autonomy

Photo Courtesy of Johan de Jager By Jourdan Lobban • “Defiant!” “Fresh!” “Rude!” “A bad girl!” Those titles followed me all through my childhood and into my teen years. Anytime I did something bad, I knew what was coming. Lectures in yelling style, laced with fury, and if I didn’t shape up in time, the … Continue reading The Terrifying Adventure of Autonomy