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.
We all know that the writing and entertainment industries rarely uplift and empower Black queer voices. To help challenge that fact, we have compiled a list if writers you need on your shelf this holiday season.
7-year-old Blake Ansari is a force to be reckoned with. Earlier this year, we talked about the amazing work that Blake is doing to make his city better.
Now, we are pleased to announce that Ansari is a proud honoree on the Kohl’s Foundation Regional Philanthropist list for 2014. Details of the program can be read below.
A Massachusetts school teacher was placed on administrative leave after authorities discovered he’d authored two books that described school killings.
Earlier this month, the Dorchester County Board of Education was alerted that eighth grade language arts teacher Patrick McLaw had several aliases, which he published the books under.
It’s difficult for girls of color to build a healthy self esteem in this world. With images telling them that how they look isn’t quite good enough, it’s very important for little girls to have a great sense of self worth and empowerment about not just their looks, but who they are as a whole.
We can’t rely on outside forces to teach our girls to love themselves. It must start at an early age and in the home. For Harriet put together a nice list of empowering books for little black girls.
Adichie had previously hinted at the project, but the news was just confirmed recently via the Stylist Magazine blog.
Eunique Jones has created a photographic sensation with her “Because of Them, We Can-Black History and Beyond” campaign and has taken the movement to KICKSTARTER.
The plan is to raise $80,000 by June 19th, to produce a high quality book contained with all 365 images of kids turned icons.
The KICKSTARTER project will cover design and layout, copyediting, printing and delivering expenses for the book.
While the National conversation about the lack of Black history in education persists, Eunique has found her niche to continuously impact the world and creatively educate Black chidlren about the power of their people.
Lately, I’ve found it exceedingly difficult to blog. To be sure, it’s not because I lack the desire to write and make you privy to my mental awesomeness each Monday morning, but rather because I’ve essentially checked out of the blogging world. I wish I could blame it on my dissertation. (It’s coming along. Not swimmingly, but it’s coming along nonetheless.) I could blame my blogging inactivity on the melanin storm of comments I got over at the Crunk Feminist Collective for talking smack about light-skinned people. (That blog could not pass the brown paper bag test, and folks were not happy.) It’s also likely that my hasty preparation for my fantasy football drafts have slowed my consumption of all things pop culture and news. (Gargamel’s Revenge goes into Monday Night Football with a 32-point lead over its week 1 opponent, while The Flux Capacitors cling to an 18-point lead over A Love Bizarre.) Yet, there are only so many fantasy football podcasts one can listen to until the (presumably) straight, white, obnoxiously nerdy and sport-obsessed male quota has been met and surpassed. All of these statements are true, but inadequately explain my blogging ennui.
There is so much wrong with this entire LeBron James fiasco it would take a year to flesh it all out, by which time LeBron may have his first ring (courtesy of Dwyane Wade and the backup dancers down in South Beach). Reactions have been varied, as expected. This decision will affect the NBA game and business. The most interesting conversation to come from this ordeal surrounds Jesse Jackson’s comments which allude to the Plantation Model in sports. All I can say to this is amen.
“She dances like a Black girl.”
Is there something distinct about the way in which we move or speak that is noticeably…Black? Before, I would have denied this. There’s no way you can identify movement or speech as distinctly Black. Right?