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

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 ‘Black women matter,’ were solely speaking in reference to Black women who do the labor of ‘saving our Democracy.’ Recently, liberals who ‘thank Black … Continue reading No One Should ‘Enjoy Things’ at the Expense of Black Lives

Review: Little Fires Everywhere

By Stephanie Younger • Little Fires Everywhere is based on the book authored and published in 2017 by Celeste Ng, and was adapted into a limited series that aired on Hulu from March 2020, to April 2020. The series takes place in 1997, and begins when Mia Warren (Kerry Washington), an itinerant artist and her daughter … Continue reading Review: Little Fires Everywhere

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

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 are so many Black … Continue reading Black People Can’t Wait Every Four Years for Our Liberation

A Letter of Urgency

By Alexandra Brown •  I wish to begin by sharing a prose I wrote in response to the murder of George Floyd. Institutional, systematic and structural racism, feels like I am dying a slow and painful death. When I learnt of the murder of George Floyd, it was like trauma to the sou. I fell … Continue reading A Letter of Urgency

The Pain Of Anger

By Ryan Edward Perry • I was talking with one of my best friends today. She has recently, to my delightful surprise, become quite outspoken and engaging regarding social justice and the current state of American culture and the movements that have risen in that space. My friend, who is of Afro-Latinx descent, is married … Continue reading The Pain Of Anger

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

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, but it’s difficult to feel … Continue reading Maintaining Solidarity in the Black Community in the Face of COVID-19

4 reasons why Alcoy’s Black Pages are Violence

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 see … Continue reading 4 reasons why Alcoy’s Black Pages are Violence

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

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 an … Continue reading The Mataculebra, the Ultimate Expression of Slavery in the Carnival of Tenerife

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

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 that is too often overlooked. … Continue reading Op-Ed: The Role of Black Women in the Fight to Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

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

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 will spend this day in cages, just because … Continue reading Black Mama’s Bail Out Day Is Freeing Incarcerated Black Women In Richmond, Virginia For Mother’s Day

Black Youth have Fought For Our Climate

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 very long time, we’re … Continue reading Black Youth have Fought For Our Climate

Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

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 the fight for gun violence prevention. … Continue reading Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

Review: The Hate U Give

By Stephanie Younger •  The Hate U Give is a film based on the acclaimed YA novel authored by Angie Thomas. Directed by George Tillman Jr. this film debuts with a then 9-year-old Starr Carter (Amandla Stenberg), her younger brother, Sekani (TJ Wright), who was one year old, and her older brother, Seven (Lamar Johnson), … Continue reading Review: The Hate U Give

‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

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 Community Center to raise awareness about … Continue reading ‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

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

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 school-to-prison pipeline, the youth and … Continue reading “Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

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 my frustration for being … Continue reading When Black Girls are Robbed of their Innocence

Richmond Protestors Demand Justice for Marcus-David Peters

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 terrorism occurred last … Continue reading Richmond Protestors Demand Justice for Marcus-David Peters

Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

By Stephanie Younger •  I am writing this as a Black female student activist who was excluded from speaking at the Virginia National School Walkout Protest at Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA; on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. Weeks ago, the organizers guaranteed that I could speak about police brutality, and the … Continue reading Why I Didn’t Participate in the National School Walkout

20 Things Black Girls Should Never Have to Hear or Experience

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 how I have transcended the misogyny and … 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

By Stephanie Younger •  Today, I had the opportunity to speak 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 communities. From NBC12’s coverage … 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

By Stephanie Younger •  Richmond, Virginia is the former capital of the Confederacy. Nowadays, the Legal Aid Justice Center reports that Virginia has the most school-to-prison pipelines in the country, disproportionately referring Black and disabled youth from school to prison. RISE For Youth aims to disrupt that system. Given R.I.S.E’s acronym standing for “Reinvesting In … Continue reading Marching For Juvenile Justice with Art 180, Rise For Youth and Performing Statistics

Richmond Marches for Racial Justice

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 left 35 people injured; and a white supremacist rammed his car … Continue reading Richmond Marches for Racial Justice


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