President Obama spoke to the Congressional Black Caucus last week, making headlines when he told his audience that if African Americans did not turn out for Hillary Clinton, he would consider it a personal insult and an insult to his legacy. While President Obama is right to push people to participate, it is unsettling that he would hinge his legacy on the African American vote at such a time when people are losing hope in institutional politics, for good reasons. It begs the question: why are African Americans responsible for saving a nation that has chosen to elevate a blatantly racist and misogynist candidate?
By: Imani J. Jackson
Black people in America cope with everything from daily race-based micro-aggressions to police officers killing us with impunity. These realities lead some young people to seek schools that do not hyper-police blackness or seek to eliminate black people altogether — environments that normalize the African Diaspora. So, it isn’t surprising that several HBCUs are reporting freshmen enrollment surges. Even students who started their educational journeys in other environments, like predominantly white institutions (PWIs), are transferring to HBCUs too. But, the question remains: will attending HBCUs to escape persecution at PWIs do enough to protect students from other forms of exclusion and oppression?
Following Colin Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, debate has grown about the ways people of color should protest. Yes, many white people have completely missed the point that Kaepernick and so many others are making when they stand up against police violence against Black people: that people of color should have freedom to exist in whatever way they please.
Instead, many white people focus on how uncomfortable they feel that people of color would do or say anything at all in opposition to systems of oppression. In response, Seriously.TV has made a new video showing just how problematic it is to tell people of color how they should protest.
Fidencio Sanchez, 89, lost his only daughter this past July. According to CBS, she was his main means of support and her loss forced him to devote even more time to his business to make ends meet. That business was selling fruit popsicles, commonly referred to as “paletas” in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.
When Joel Cervantes Macias was driving by and saw his elder working so hard, he felt moved. After buying 20 paletas and giving him $50, he took a picture and posted it to his Facebook.
Chicago native Jessica Disu, also known as FM Supreme, is an activist and rapper who reps her city everyday. Many were introduced to her when she stood up for police abolition on Fox News but there is so much more to this young organizer. Her new video for the powerful song, “This is not a drill” details the ways that her activism is informed by her community, her experiences, and her faith.
We recently had the pleasure of spending some time talking to Chicago MC, Jessica Disu aka FM Supreme, about her seat right at the intersection of hip-hop music and social activism. She also provided some gems about the significance of travel in self-improvement and the controversy surrounding her appearance on FOX News calling for the abolition of police.
Read the entire interview below.
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police brutality and social injustice is spreading through multiple sports on multiple levels. The latest example to show how far his message has reached comes from West Virginia University Tech.
As the Obamas wave us all goodbye as they prepare to leave the White House, we’re getting even more intimate looks into the past eight years of their lives. Most recently, Barack and Michelle have been revealed to be on the cover of October’s issue of Essence Magazine.
The first couple took the opportunity to speak on their legacy and the impact they’ve made on America, especially its youth.
Four-hundred people were shot in Chicago within the span of 31 days. Ninety of them died. Multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, are calling August the deadliest month the city has experienced in two decades.
Some news reports implicated widespread gang violence within the city for the drastic uptick in crime, while others focused on the influx of firearms from neighboring states with looser gun laws. A new documentary from BBC, titled “Lost Streets Chicago,” hones in on the impact of the seemingly inescapable violence concentrated in minority neighborhoods, with residents describing them as tantamount to “third-world countries.”