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Why Haiti Deserves More Than Our Prayers

The island of Haiti has been the little black jewel of the Western Hemisphere since it successfully clinched its independence from colonial rule in 1804, becoming the first colony to do so. But in recent years, a combination of political unrest, rampant poverty, a deadly earthquake, the UN-generated cholera outbreak, on top of the disastrous effects of Hurricane Matthew makes one thing clear: the Haitian people need more than our thoughts and prayers and love and light; they need a well-sustained, responsibly-led recovery effort and the funds and resources to accompany it.


GenForward Poll: Half of black youth face job discrimination

By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Qymana Botts saw white colleagues with the same amount of experience getting promoted to cashier ahead of her at the Indiana discount store where she worked. When she asked her supervisors why, they told her she didn’t project the image that they wanted from their cashiers: straight hair — not her natural Afro — and more makeup.

“When it came time for promotions and raises and things like that, I was told I need to fit into a more European kind of appearance,” Botts said of her 2010 experience. “They wanted me to straighten my hair, but I wasn’t willing to do that.”

Botts, 25, is not alone.


Study Shows Young People Of Color Remain Optimistic About Their Future, But It’s Time Black Folks Consider Pessimism

I have always considered myself an optimist. This may come as a surprise to those who have heard me argue, sincerely, that “everything is anti-Black,” or who experience my total lack of faith in the idea of reform, or who witness me supporting unapologetic non-participation in the electoral system, having long lost confidence that it should be the primary vehicle for Black liberation.


Kid Cudi Reminded Me To Manage My Depression

Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon 2: The Legend of Mr. Rager was released during my first semester in college.  After looking forward to it for weeks, I played it on my laptop as soon as it came out.

When it was over, I turned to my roommate and asked for his thoughts. He admitted that it was good, but ultimately not for him. Now that I’ve known him for more than six years, I can understand why.


Call for Submissions: The King Bey Bible

It’s time for poets and essayists to get in formation.

Feminista Jones and Olivia Cole are teaming up to publish an anthology of writing inspired by and dedicated to the one and only Beyoncé: The King Bey Bible. For many, Beyoncé is the human incarnation of the possibility of another world: a world run by Girls! Consider this their interpretation of a “lost text”.


Kid Cudi Checks Himself Into Rehab Due To Depression

Not too long ago, depression was merely viewed as “the blues,” people with anxiety were just “high-strung,” and mental disorders were all lumped into insensitive categories. But people coming out to publicly discuss their personal battles with mental health has helped make mental health more important to the general public.


EXCLUSIVE: Alicia Garza on What’s Missing from the Black Lives Matter Movement

By Liz Adetiba and Jordie Davies


The Oakland-based organizer and activist Alicia Garza, who is also the originator of the Black Lives Matter rallying cry and one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter Network, thinks Black people have a lot to talk about outside of police violence. In this interview, we discussed with Garza what she believed is missing from the movement, how it is portrayed in the media, and the various points of entry for activism–from politics to protest.