It’s only March, but so far it’s been a good year for continuing the conversation of the representation of Black women in the media. For a quick recap, Mya Taylor was the first transgender woman to win a major award. Then, a misinformed and unwoke writer tried to come for #Blackgirlmagic, but no one was having it. We’re not even half way through the year and the celebration of Black women is in full swing, and in one week, the Black Girls Rock! Annual Awards Show returns with Tracee Ellis Ross as host.
What were you doing at 11 years old? Probably not setting up a book drive that fights racism in literature like Philadelphia native Marley Dias.
What does it mean to have Amandla Stenberg, a 17-year-old Black girl, come out as bisexual on Snapchat? Or continually speak up in Hollywood for blackness? For Stenberg it means she’s no longer trying to conform into categories that don’t fit her. For the rest of us, it means we might be able to do the same thing.
A sixth man has been charged in connection to the murder of 14-year-old Endia Martin.
Floyd Evans is accused of illegally obtaining the gun used in the Monday afternoon shooting in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood.
A top player for a school basketball team has been banned from playing an an upcoming game because she is a female.
Jaelyn Bates, a fourth grader at Frey Basketball Academy, says she was told she can no longer compete with her teammates.
According to a recent report by the National Black Women’s Justice Institute, black girls are more likely to be punished for being “un-ladylike” and seen by teachers as “loud, defiant, and precocious.”
In an effort to expose more African American girls to the world, Martice Sutton has launched Girls Going Global. The non-profit was born out of Sutton’s observation during international trips, of a serious lack of diversity during travel.
A young girl faces expulsion, and it’s all because of her hair. Vanessa VanDyke says she was given one week to decide if she was going to cut her hair and remain a student at Faith Christian Academy in Orlando.
The internet has erupted with a new hashtag “dedicated” the black girls and women. The problem is that it is incredibly racist and offensive.
#StopBlackGirls2013 polluted Twitter this week with various photos comparing black women to anything from gorillas to farm animals.
Black girls weren’t the only victims of this racist hashtag as others targeting Mexican girls, Indian girls and more popped up during the frenzy, but it was the #StopBlackGirls2013 hashtag that had the longer shelf life.At first, it skyrocketed to the number five trending topic and within 20 minutes, it was second.
A study on the experiences of black students in suburban schools has found that black boys have an easier time fitting in than black girls.
Black boys can use racial performance to seem tough, cool and athletic. Black girls are often viewed as ghetto and aggressive.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo studied the social impact of a desegregation program. Minority students were bussed to a predominantly white high school in a Boston suburb.