Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

I'd like to start this article by thanking Mobilizing Youth Project and Women's March Youth Empower for inviting me to speak at the Town Hall For Gun Violence Prevention. The first anniversary of the March For Our Lives movement was last week. It’s mission is to “end gun violence, elect morally just leaders into office and … Continue reading Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

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. On February 14, 2018, … Continue reading Reflecting on Intersectionality One Year After The March For Our Lives

Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

I first heard the word “gay” spill from my brothers lips when I was six. “You’re gay,” he said, words sharp like poison. I didn’t know what it meant, I just knew it was bad. Standing there underneath dim Tuscan light, my toes curled up into scratchy carpet. I was taught to hate “gay” before … Continue reading Living at the Intersections of Anti-Black Racism and Queerphobia

An Open Essay to My Encounters With White Feminism

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Qqve74iKW4 To the white student activists who accused me of attacking them because I called them out for reducing my Black experience to a thing of the past; You claimed you loved the power of Black female voices, but completely dismissed my Black female voice, by saying there's not much racism at your school, by … Continue reading An Open Essay to My Encounters With White Feminism

What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

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 scan that showed “basal ganglial calcification.” That doctor and … Continue reading What You Need: My Experience Being Dismissed by my Doctor

5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

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 that create social and economic opportunities that are accessible for … Continue reading 5 Ways “Nice” Racism Shows Up in Progressive Communities

What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

On February 14 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 holding my classmate's hand, in prayer and in fright. For a long time, … Continue reading What Armed Teachers and Increased Police Presence Means for Black Youth

‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

On Saturday Nov. 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics to honor and celebrate 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 at gather outside of Hotchkiss Community Center to raise awareness about … Continue reading ‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

Review: The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give--based on the acclaimed YA novel by Angie Thomas, opens with 16-year-old Starr Carter’s (Amandla Stenberg) recollection of being given “The talk” by her formerly-incarcerated father Maverick Carter (Russell Hornsby). Many Black parents across America help their children survive encounters with the police in this very same way. At the same time, … Continue reading Review: The Hate U Give

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

Art 180, a RVA-based organization that allows marginalized young people to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance. On October 5th, they opened a mixed-reality exhibit, "Lift Us Up! Don't Push Us Out" that raises awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline. Art 180 partners with Performing Statistics, a project that connects incarcerated teens with … Continue reading Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out | Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out