It was only a couple of months ago that we found out that the Smithsonian was creating an African-American museum. To make the news even better, now we know who the architect is. Her name is Zena Howard, and she is a dope Black woman architect.
Welcome to America where Blacks are consistently marginalized and stereotyped, and color matters more than ever. People are more likely to arrest you if you are Black, and even Raven-Symone won’t hire you if your name sounds too Black.
In a new study, white doctors think that Black people are invincible to the pains that they deal with on a regular basis. There was a study run by the University of Virginia which gathered more than 111 medical students who wholeheartedly believed non-truths about black people, like the idea that African-American blood clots faster than that of Whites.
Black lead character Abbie Mills (played by Nicole Beharie) died during Sleepy Hollow’s season three finale last week. As audience members, we learned that just because a show has people of color does not mean that it is people of color friendly.
Her death was the final blow in the show’s treatment of her character. After her death, we are left to decide what to do with shows that have no respect for their characters of color.
There is something particularly violent about White women being the phenotypic referent of beauty in every social space. While it can make life logistically difficult for folks who do not share physical characteristics with whites (like hair, skin type, figure, etc.), the real problem arises when that difference is seen as a flaw. This is especially frustrating in public spaces like the workplace as a Zara employee recently learned when she wore box braids to work.
School district administrator turned-activist-turned mayoral candidate DeRay Mckesson’s recent interview with the New York Times conveys the hope (and simultaneous frustration) behind his bid to become mayor of the beleagured city of Baltimore, Maryland. McKesson pins his dismal poll numbers on voters’ (particularly those within the city’s organizing circles) inability to conceive of someone like him occupying such a powerful position.
Quite the contrary.
Cassius Rudolph is only 24 years old, but he’s already accomplished a feat many people twice his age only dream of. The Southside Chicago native, currently studying at Columbia University’s Union Theological Seminary, is working as a sort of middle man between both his former alma maters: Harlan High School and Tougaloo College.
Morris Brown College, which was once a groundbreaking college in Atlanta and one of the few HBCUs with a black founder, has seen some major struggle in the past few years. However, they seem to be on the incline with three-year $900 million grant to stem HIV infections among young black adults.
And just when we thought Oprah’s power had done it all, she surprises us again.
Oprah is changing the lives for so many women, including Dwana Smallwood, one of the premier dancers for Alvin Ailey who received a half million donation to help create this dancer’s dream.
Blacks are far more likely to be arrested for selling or possessing drugs than whites, even though whites use drugs at the same rate.