On Wednesday, February 17, ABC Entertainment announced that Channing Dungey was named president of the entertainment group.
At the beginning of Black History Month, a group of Black girls at the School for Creative Studies in Durham, North Carolina wanted to wear “geles”, also known as head wraps, in order to celebrate their African heritage. How did the school administration respond to this celebration of Black culture? Negatively and without any consideration for what the head wraps could have meant for the young women.
Everyone always says: “Just be patient. Once all the old racist, misogynist white men die, everything will be fine.” If that’s true, then perhaps, this week’s news about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s unexpected death should be considered a collective step closer to the goal of dismantling systemic racism.
To be honest, Scalia was trash. It’s been a few days since he was found dead and that truth is still evident. People (mostly conservatives) will defend his record, calling him a patriot or some other term that is actually violent towards non-Whites. But, most folks know that Scalia’s actions while on the SCOTUS were primarily in support of the oppression of non-whites, women, and other marginalized groups and the maintenance of institutional racism. His death, then, is not really very sad.
There is a new Broadway show that is set to break barriers when it opens up.
Eclipsed is a new Broadway show which will open next month, but it is already a historic production as it is the first Broadway show to feature an all Black and female cast and creative team.
“As I said in my letter to Columbia,” Winter Tangerine Review editor-in-chief Yasmin Belkhyr shared with me, “how many women of color have not been able to enter writing competitions because of reading fees? How many are not able to pursue writing because of the high cost of workshops? One is too many.”
You just don’t wake up one morning and start enacting social change. There is a moment when you become racially conscious and from that day on, you cannot shake this political awareness–it sticks with you. Everyone’s path to wokeness is different. No matter the different paths that are taken, young Black people are doing good work, changing what it means to be a Black activist today.
In this edition of our Black Youth Spotlight series, we highlight Blake Simons. He is the Deputy Communications director for the Afrikan Black Coalition, a Black organization in the UC colleges that strives to promote Black culture, awareness, and leadership. Blake believes that the celebration of Black History should not be limited to a single month—it should happen everyday. Right now through the Afrikan Black Coalition, he is spreading his political awareness of what it means to be Black during a time where innocent lives are lost and threatened due to senseless acts of violence.
The Black Panther Party, a revolutionary Black Nationalist and socialist party with a large and radical agenda based around activism of all sorts, is getting a documentary.
PBS will air The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution tomorrow, February 16, at 9PM/8 CST. The documentary explores the Black Panther Party by focusing on “its significance to the broader American culture, its cultural and political awakening for black people, and the painful lessons wrought a movement derails.”
BYP100 has created the Agenda to Build Black Futures and it is a must-read.
They have outlined problems, solutions, and their proposed agenda for the preservation Black lives on their website.
The problems that BYP100 are fighting include the state of Black Youth in the U.S. economy where “it is hard to measure the extent of harm done to Black bodies, minds and souls as a result of systemic and longstanding economic violence, but we have to look at some of the numbers”, the unemployment rates among millennials, corporations that are making a profit on the prison system by creating products and services for them, the devaluation of Black women, the marginalization or trans- and queer Black people, and barriers that halt the Black community to garner wealth and assets.
Everyone keeps asking why there aren’t more Black STEM students and professionals. But few are discussing the difficulties faced by first-generation Black students.
I am not shy about my experiences as an engineering student at the University of Southern California and STEM professional in Orange County, California. To put it lightly, it wasn’t fun. Actually, it was horrible. That’s why all of these articles asking why there aren’t more Black coders or more Black scientists or more Black students in STEM majors irritate me to no end. The focus on Black and STEM students and professionals and their invisibility is a much more nuanced conversation than many of these articles let on.
Besides the Internet breaking last weekend when Beyoncé snatched all of our edges, it was clear that White people were perturbed. No actually, they were downright terrified of the unapologetic blackness Beyoncé displayed in her new video for the song “Formation” and her subsequent Super Bowl performance. Apparently, SNL caught the fuss and made a hilarious skit about it called “The Day Beyoncé Turned Black.”