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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Teen Petitions for Plus Size Princess

Jewel Moore is an amazing seventeen-year-old girl from Farmville, Virginia with an interesting request for Disney: create a princess with some curves. Through her online petition, Moore hopes to gain enough attention so that Disney will take notice. So far the petition has 27,000 signatures and rising, while there still is no response from Disney on the suggestion. Moore’s argument has a solid case in my opinion. With the introduction of the first African American princess Tiana in the Princess and the Frog in 2009 and 2012’s Brave which depicted…

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Debenhams uses a variety of models in its newest Lookbook and the results are amazing

If you know your way around fashion, you’re familiar with the term “Lookbook.” Companies use lookbooks to showcase specific designs or a store’s upcoming seasonal lines. Usually, they’re filled with slim, caucasian models that have been used on runways and the majority of the fashion industry for ages. But Debenhams, a popular U.K.-based store, wants to be known for its enthusiasm for diversity as it is for its fashion-forward clothes. In Debenhams’ recently released High Summer Lookbook, the company made the choice to use models that accurately reflected the diverse population…

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Trayvon Martin? Not On My Watch

SANFORD, Fla. — Saturday July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, was found not guilty of second-degree murder and was acquitted of a lesser charge of manslaughter. You will hear details of the news story from sources everywhere in the coming weeks – or so I hope. What I want to focus on now is the conversation this has started and what we can do so it never, ever happens again. I saw news of the verdict for the first time through…

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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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