Donovan Livingston, Ed. M. ’16, performed a spoken word piece at the Harvard School of Education graduation ceremony this week that is absolutely riveting. In it, he addresses this country’s very ugly past and present with institutional racism and what it means to be a Black person in education at this moment of history.
Many people of color face implicit and explicit racism in their daily lives. A byproduct of that reality is something called “colorism.” In short, colorism is the discrimination against people who have darker skin. And Chika Okoro, a Stanford University graduate student, recently gave a TED Talk encouraging corporations to do something about it.
Writer, poet and cultural critic critic Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib’s debut book The Crown Aint Worth Much will officially be released on July 19th. Whether it be from any of the many worlds he plays a role in, many people are familiar with Willis-Abdurraqib’s work.
Following a ruling from a judge in Montgomery County, PA, 78-year-old Bill Cosby will now stand trial for sexual assault—11 years after survivor Andrea Constand first pressed charges against the entertainer.
Last Sunday, President Barack Obama was the commencement speaker at Rutgers University’s 250th Commencement. During his speech, he offered the graduates encouraging words of wisdom as they moved to the future, and he also talked about politics, of course.
While there are sure to be challenges at any kind of institution, the challenges that people of color face at predominantly white institutions (PWI) are a separate story. To take that idea even further, the experiences that black women have at PWIs can be even more stressful.
To detail those exact experiences, Kwyn Townsend Riley performed a poem detailing the 10 “guaranteed experiences” for black women at PWIs, including having people play in their hair, explaining the importance of #SayHerName and constantly having to educate.
Opiod addiction almost silently grew from a troubling problem to a nationwide epidemic that’s taken and damaged far too many lives. To help address this issue, President Barack Obama sat down with Macklemore to deliver a message about opiod addiction and how far it can truly reach.
#BlackLivesMatter (both the movement and the issues that started it) is quite a controversial concept for many people. I’ve listed the reasons why some feel that way and why they shouldn’t more times than I can count. So I don’t plan to do it again for a while. But hearing what other people think about it is always interesting.
NBC recently sat down a group of Asian Americans for their Jubilee Project: Voices segment. It initially started with word association and soon transitioned into a conversation about #BlackLivesMatter and the importance of all people of color working together of their collective goals.
For those who erroneously believe that privilege-checking only applies to white people, Youtube star Kat Lazo’s new video on privilege within the Latinx community urges them to think again.
The president of Morehouse College has spoken up about the Spelman student who had been raped. The college is pursuing an investigation regarding allegations that a women attending the neighboring Spelman College was gang-raped by four Morehouse students at a party,which the student anonymously shared on Twitter under the moniker @RapedAtSpelman.