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FEATURE: São Paulo’s Mercado Negra project enables Afro-Brazilian female entrepreneurs with fair wage and business ownership opportunities

Mercado Negra is an initiative that has created by Dara Ribeiro, Ketty Valencio and Mariana Mári, as a spaces that encourages black women to create, produce and sell their products which as strengthened economic relations within the black community in São Paulo. The project operates as a fair trade-like model where the only cost to exhibit their products is a symbolic price for the space maintained. The rest of the earnings are theirs.



In Brazil, black people…

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Added by The Race Card on May 25, 2016 at 6:10pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Gun used by George Zimmerman to kill Trayvon Martin reportedly sold for $138,900

In this week’s edition of News That Makes Me Sick, that grown man who stalked and murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin has sold the murder weapon on United Gun Group where a user named “John Smith” (who claimed to be from Alabama) won with a last minute bid of $138,900. George Zimmerman’s decision to sell the firearm that enabled him to murder an unarmed minor marks a particularly ugly and shameful example of the callousness towards and dehumanization of black lives and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 20, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - Three Young Girls Triumph Over the Most Sinister Side of Slavery

This is the story of three young girls. Two are my relatives; the third is the relative of a family friend. Each girl was stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in the Americas.



I consider the kidnapping and sale of children into slavery the most sinister side of slavery, if the evil of slavery itself can have a more sinister side. The reasons for kidnapping children are simple and fiendish. Children were easier to capture, kidnap and control than full-grown…

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Added by The Race Card on May 11, 2016 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: CNTRST website calculates total whiteness of main casts in over 20,000 movies

It’s no secret (or, at least it shouldn’t be) that white people and men are overrepresented in just about every faction of life. After another year of #OscarsSoWhite, a website called CNTRST is calculating the total percentage of ‘whiteness’ in mainstream films. Most popular movies hover around 85 percent, with movies like The Huntsman Winter’s War, Carol, The 5th Wave, The Revenant clocking in at a full 100%. It’s worth noting that whites make up just 63 percent of the…

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Added by The Race Card on May 9, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Ubuntu Talks: My Web Series Demystifying Black Experiences Through Conversation

My name is Chelsy Monie and I am a communications and art history student at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. I was born in Washington D.C but spent most of my life in Cameroon, and then Tanzania, before moving to Canada. Growing up in Africa, I never felt the need to define my blackness. My actions and experiences as a black person were never questioned or threatened. Everyone was treated equally and with the upmost respect regardless of the color of their…

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Added by The Race Card on May 6, 2016 at 3:17pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Feel The Fire - Using Black Imagination As Political Warfare

"I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day."

~ Jean Michel Basquiat

One night in East Baltimore, I stood outside an art event exchanging repartee with a local grassroots organizer. It was a typical city night— sounds of robust chatter were roaring, dark colored cars were zooming past, glass bottles were rolling loudly across the cement and dim streetlights were burning steady. It was a lively event…

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Added by The Race Card on May 4, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Why Black Anger Is Necessary For Peace by Fire Angelou, AFROPUNK contributor

This week, Allen Bullock, the 18-year-old seen smashing the cop car window during the Baltimore Uprising, was sentenced to write an apology letter to the Baltimore City Police Department. I imagine him: sitting in his room, staring blankly at a page with grief running through his skin. Anger in his heart.…

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Added by The Race Card on April 20, 2016 at 10:06am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Hilarious 'Barbie Savior' parodies savior complex of some White NGO volunteers in Africa

Oh, boy. I’m just going to speak for myself when I say that every time a white friend travels to a poor brown country in Africa to spread White Jesus™, I roll my eyes. It’s not that philanthropic work is ridiculous, it’s that there’s something a little too exploitative and self-serving about a picture of a white face grinning amongst a sea of impoverished or disenfranchised black and brown faces. Lucky for us, I’m not the only cynical asshole out there! Some lovely…

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Added by The Race Card on April 19, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Rachel Dolezal getting a book deal to write about race is white privilege in all its glory

Rachel Dolezal, the black-passing white woman and former NAACP Spokane President who once sued Howard University for discriminating against her because she is white, is now writing a book about race.



“Nothing about whiteness describes who I am,”…

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Added by The Race Card on April 15, 2016 at 11:00am — 7 Comments

OP-ED: FEEL THE FIRE - Letter to my white roommates

We are not the same. We season our squash with paprika, use hemp rose body wash and forget to take our laundry out of the dryer. Indeed, we are humans, who want to cuddle on Saturday night and remember how it all felt tomorrow, we laugh wildly with our friends and pay rent like sophisticated adults. Perhaps, I can understand why, when blackness is so close to you, when we use the same toilet paper and rage at cold shower water, that you will feel eager to do what your privilege…

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Added by The Race Card on April 6, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: FEEL THE FIRE - F*cking A Black Person Does Not Mean You Fight For Black Lives

For 6 months, I lived with a white man with a black girlfriend. They cooked, traveled and slept together. She sautéed his favorite vegetables in a black cast iron pan and ran into his arms when he arrived home. They merrily drunk beer together, laughed over metal music, and exchanged acid trip stories. From the outside, it was thriving and passionate romance. It was a deep human connection of shared secrets and nights of warm touches. There was just one problem with this…

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Added by The Race Card on March 29, 2016 at 9:50am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: 14-years-old Pedro Henrique Cortês creates YoutTube channel to present the forgotten Afro-Brazilian history

What do you know about great black heroes of the country where you live? A phenomenon that crosses the Americas is the invisibility of black people who have had a prominent role in the fight against racism and in the social and cultural fabric of their country. And it isn’t different in Brazil. Not knowing the great black names of our history takes from us references that could inspire us in our fight against racism and in our daily battles.



Thinking…

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Added by The Race Card on March 25, 2016 at 5:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - Repression: A Creative Force for Black Americans

Repression has often created solidarity between different groups in America. In the black community and throughout the nation continuing police brutality and murder of citizens, Wall Street misconduct and racist political demagoguery have galvanized activists and communities. In the face of repressive policies, African Americans have historically opposed injustice with vigorous determination and new levels of creativity.



1830 was a…

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Added by The Race Card on March 23, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Absurdist satire web series "Dark Justice" explores racism, policing, and activism through the eyes of officer Amir Johnson

"Dark Justice" is an absurdist satire web series that deals with issues around and relating to racism, activism, and of course police brutality and the justice system. Season one is broken down into six episodes that run between 5-8 minutes a piece. The episodes follow Amir Johnson, the first black officer in a small town department. Watch episode one down below and check out the rest of the season right …

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Added by The Race Card on March 23, 2016 at 1:23pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Confessions of an Afro Latina - Why I Won't Let Society Define Me by Autumn Myers, AFROPUNK contributor

As we continue to unite during the Black Lives Matter and black recognition movements we tend to forget another from of black culture. A culture that only took until now to gain proper recognition and still not receiving a title in the Black Latinx community. I am talking about the Afro-Latinx community. As more and more people from Latinx cultures identify themselves as an Afro-Latinx rather than just Latinx, it helps develop more acceptance within the Latinx community.…

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Added by The Race Card on March 22, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Fed up with anti-black casting practices, Zoë Kravitz pursues DIY filmmaking

Usually relegated to the "quirky black best friend" or exaggerated interpretations of her real-life bohemian image, talented musician, actress, and genetic lottery winner Zoë Kravitz has grown sick of Hollywood's anti-black casting bullshit. With nearly 10 years of industry experiences under her belt, Zoë Kravitz is done putting up with the narrow-minded stereotypical casting that she (and every other actor of color) endures in the film industry.



Last year,…

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Added by The Race Card on March 21, 2016 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

ESSAY: AFROPUNK contributor, Dein Moore of Sonitus pens powerful essay about on his experiences as a Black rocker in the UK

My name is Dein Moore, I grew up in Jamaica but have now spent most of my life in the UK. I play guitar and songwrite music in a band called Sonitus, who's members have become my greatest friends and partners in crime. I have loved the sounds of heavy guitar riffs and amp fuelled distortions since I was a kid, my earliest memories of Rock have been from my dad's old CD collections of Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Alice in chains, Lenny Kravitz, Skunk Anansie and later my own…

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Added by The Race Card on March 14, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: British writer Heather Agyepong interviews former UK-based Black Panther and black feminism activist Beverley Bryan

In an article for The Debrief, British writer Heather Agyepong interviewed retired professor and activist Beverley Bryan; one of the last members of the UK's Black Panthers movement. In the interview, the pair touched on everything from Black British diaspora to representation…

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Added by The Race Card on March 14, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - "Black by Choice" an essay about Pinckney Benton Stewart, Louisiana’s first and last black governor during Reconstruction

“If I were you, Pink, I would not let my ambition die. I would seek to rise and not in that class either but I would take my position in the world as a white man as you are and let the other go for be assured of this as the other you will never get your rights.” This was the stark message that Pinckney Benton Stewart (P.B.S.) Pinchback received from his sister in 1863. She had made the brutal judgment that Pinchback would never be able to attain his goals as a black man,…

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Added by The Race Card on March 3, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Zoe Saldana wears blackface, a kinky wig, and a prosthetic nose in highly problematic “Nina” trailer

Alright, let’s talk about Zoe and Nina. 

Yesterday, the internet was up in arms over the release of the first trailer for the Nina Simone biopic, "Nina", which has been looming in the distance for years. The biopic where the very lovely and talented Zoe Saldana wears blackface, a kinky wig,…

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Added by The Race Card on March 3, 2016 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

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