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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The Games We Play: Why Going To The Park Gets Ruined By Street Harassment

Ever since I moved to New York two years ago, I’ve been overwhelmed by the experience. Normally when I’m overwhelmed, I’d spend time reading and writing outside. But even that becomes overwhelming in New York because actually getting to an outside that’s not concrete is a twenty-minute trip. The outdoor experience isn’t as good, either. I used to have a nice yard with a tree to lie under. Now I have to share that tree with at least two or three people, one of whom will inevitably be on a cell phone talking loudly about something…

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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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After 72 Years Together, These 90+ Women Are Finally Married

Alice “Nonie” Dubes (90) and Vivian Boyack (91) have been madly in love with each other for 72 years. On Saturday, these beautiful ladies got married. Seeing two people in love for so long and finally being able to legally marry brings so much joy to my heart. The two women were married in First Christian Church in Davenport, IA and were surrounded by friends and family who have been witness to their decades-long romance. Jerry Yeast, 73, who has known the women since she was 18 when she worked as their…

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“Feminist Frank”: The Meme You Wish Were A Real Guy

I’ve been a long-time fan of the internet’s Ryan Gosling feminism images (I don’t know one woman who isn’t, actually!) They’re funny, clever and prompt people to think about real issues that women face in our society! (If you’re a fan, you’ll be thrilled that the feminist Ryan Gosling images have been made into a BOOK! I think I need this in my life.) Here’s the even better news: the internet has produced a new feminist meme: Feminist Frank. This guy looks like an Abercrombie & Fitch model, but once you get…

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