Canada is taking steps to make their currency more representative by introducing the first woman to their notes. Viola Desmond, a Canadian civil rights icon, will be featured on the $10 note, taking the place of John A Macdonald, the country’s first prime minister. Macdonald will move to a higher currency when the change happens in 2018.
In light of the political moment, a little bit of escapism is just what the doctor ordered. You’ll find that and more in the delightful 2013 UK comedy Chewing Gum, released on Netflix this October. Led by the endearing Michaela Coel, the show is a fun opportunity to engage with a young woman inexperienced in life and love but determined to make her way.
Kanye West shocked fans last month when he declared his loyalty to President-elect Donald Trump on stage during his Saint Pablo Tour. He would later be hospitalized citing exhaustion, which many viewed as a sign that he was in the middle of a concerning downward spiral into depression and paranoia.
After being released from the hospital just a few days ago, West is seemingly doubling down on his Donald Trump endorsement.
Several things about Black people are true. First, we are not to be outdone. Second, we often disrupt the status quo. Third, we can find similarities between many everyday political experiences and our own Black Experiences with relative ease. In this clip of Morehouse professor, author, and all-around dope individual Marc Lamont Hill in conversation with CNN’s Don Lemon and three other pundits, Hill supplies proper evidence for all three of the phenomena I already mentioned above.
Shopping while Black is a phenomenon that can only be explained by those of us who have to do it regularly. Sometimes those experiences turn into funny stories for us to share later. Yet, at other times, they end in humiliation and tears as Black people are unfairly targeted by store associates, managers, and security guards simply because of the color of their skin.
This was the case for a Black woman named Kimberly Houzah when she recently visited a Victoria’s Secret store at the Quintard Mall in Oxford, Alabama.
Lee Daniels, the director responsible for Precious, The Butler and Empire, has an outlook on race that’s somewhat surprising.
While discussing “cultural differences” on “The Graham Norton Show,” half-woke starlet Jennifer Lawrence proved once again that the limits of White Feminism are vast. She joked, and even seemed to have a whole comedy routine ready, about her desecration of sacred rocks in Hawaii while filming one of the Hunger Games films.
When it comes to political commentary, Trevor Noah and Tomi Lahren are on opposite sides of the spectrum. One is the newly established host of a long-time hub of liberal political comedy. The other is a newly celebrated voice of the highly conservative white nationalist – sometime called the “alt right”- movement and host of a self-titled program on TheBlaze.
The two hosts have both criticized each other’s views on their respective programs, but their two separate trajectories came to a collision on Wednesday night when Lahren appeared as a guest on The Daily Show.
The boost in confidence of Trump supporters has resulted in a string of altercations across the country, often involving them targeting people of color. Chicago appears to be no exception as a video recently surfaced showing a woman yelling at black employees in an arts and crafts store, according to RawStory.
There are very few activists today who can boast the experience and accomplishments of Mariame Kaba. The New York native, whose work brought her to Chicago for over 20 years, is an educator, organizer, and curator whose work “focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.” She has worked tirelessly to create a more just world for marginalized communities. And now, Kaba has created a video about the Chicago effort to successfully oust Anita Alvarez, the ex-State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who lost her Democratic primary to Kim Foxx in March 2016.
We had the chance to ask Kaba about her work on this campaign, her reasons for creating the video, and what the implications are for social organizing today.