‘The Girl With All The Gifts’ and Black girls destroying the world to save themselves

*This post contains spoilers of “The Girl With All The Gifts”, “The Birth of a Nation”, and “Get Out”*

As someone who has studied and worked in film and television for most of my professional life, I have resigned myself to a set of facts: no film made for mass audiences is truly (or at least fully) an endorsement of Black liberation, and the ending to any film that claims to be such an endorsement will best reveal this truth.

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Michelle Obama Takes Sasha and Malia To Liberia For New Girl’s Education Initiative

The Obama women visited Liberia this past Monday to bring attention to the country’s rising dropout rates for girls following an Ebola outbreak. Schools were forced to close for months and students remained home due to the panic. Now, there’s a growing concern that their education has been stunted.

“This trip will allow the first lady to reach directly to publics of three important U.S. partners and talk about an issue that is important to all of us: The education of girls, and the empowerment of women and girls more broadly,” said Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser, according to CNN.

With new report, NWLC calls for equal opportunities for African American girls

 

The National Women’s Law Center has released a new report that shows how dire it is for African American girls.

As battles ensue for racial and gender equality, the NWLC’s report, “Unlocking Opportunity for African-American Girls: A Call to Action for Educational Equity,” advocates for the dissolution of discriminatory practices against African American girls, and for the breakdown of barriers to educational attainment they face. 

Queen Like Me: new children’s book tells stories of powerful black women

 

There’s a new book available that seeks to empower young black girls. And it’s doing so by telling the true stories of 15 influential women from the past and present.

Queen Like Me: The True Story of Girls Who Changed the World, chronicles the life and times of powerful women of color, and the legacy they’ve left behind or are still creating.