A Pictorial of Allensworth, California: My History, My People, My Legacy (IMAGES)

“Until we reckon with the compounding moral debts of our ancestors, America will never be whole.” – Author unknown This is my contribution to the legacy of my people in this year of 2016, in this month of February as we celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of African Americans in this country. Historical towns founded and colonialized by African Americans is rarely written about or discussed. February is the quintessential month to celebrate, write about, learn and discuss African Americans legacy and contributions to America.   California first African American town…

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Mark Your Calendars: Black Out Day, September 21st

It’s no secret that media representation of Black people is often negative, disparaging and racist. While the last year has seen the birth and growth of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, the media and advertising remain resistant to changing their dangerous narrative of Blackness as violent, less than, or nonexistent. So earlier this year, a group of bloggers came up with an idea to challenge that. On March 6th, 2015 #BlackOutDay was born. The idea was simple; that Black people would have one day where we directed our own narrative. A day…

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The Paula Deen Issue

By now many of you know the Paula Deen story. Paula Deen and her brother Bubba are being sued by a former employee at their Savannah based restaurant for discrimination (sexual harassment and racial slurs). During her deposition in May, Deen was asked about her racial attitudes and if she thought using the N-word as a joke was appropriate. Her response was that “I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.” Deen was also asked if she had ever used the N-word. Her response was that she had, that she…

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Cheerios ad puts the spotlight on racism in 2013

You’ve probably heard/seen/read about the latest Cheerios commercial, but in the event that you’ve escaped the uproar, here’s a summary behind the madness: In the ad, a young biracial girl asks her caucasian mother about the health benefits of Cheerios. After her mother assures her that Cheerios are good for the heart, the daughter dumps a box of cereal on the chest of her sleeping dad. He happens to be a dark-skinned african american male, which is what has folks worked up. Read the last sentence again. “He happens to be…

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