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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Cosmetics Queen Battles Against Skin Bleaching

In the beauty industry so many people are pressured to have flawless skin, look a certain way, get up the employment chain through looks, and the horrible thought process of “looks are everything”. Looks are not everything. The heart and personality of people is what matters the most.  I recently read this article about skin bleaching. It saddened me that people – especially women – in the beauty industry with darker skin tones feel they need to “lighten” or “bleach” their skin to feel more accepted by society. It is very disturbing…

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School Has Odd Way of Celebrating Black History Month

The Carondelet all-girls High School in California announced that they would be serving a meal of fried chicken, cornbread, and watermelon in honor of Black History Month. Students and parents were outraged that the school would be so insensitive, denouncing the menu as a celebration of stereotypes, not history. After realizing their error, the school changed the lunch menu and announced they would be holding an assembly on diversity. The school principal Nancy Libby apologized saying: “I’d like to apologize for this announcement and any hurt this caused students, parents…

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Racism is Not The Only Issue, but it’s a big one

In recent news about the Zimmerman case, I have many conflicting feelings as many do. First, I would like to say that there is no doubt in my mind that Zimmerman should be incarcerated –  because he should. The outcome of this case could have severe consequences. For one, it could be the beginning of several similar cases, as the public sees that justice isn’t being served and the system is skewed. Zimmerman’s light skin, despite his hispanic background, perpetuates the “white people are let go” privilege that an unbiased, fair judicial…

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