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In a vow to use her voice for change, Serena Williams says: “I Won’t Be Silent”

Celebrities have been lending their voice to the Black Lives Matter movement since its inception, and 2016 has seen some of the highest profile sports stars taking a stand. Although not explicitly in support of BLM, Serena Williams took to Facebook to express her fear, worry, and resolve to make her voice be heard in an anecdote about a drive she took with her nephew. You can read the full statement below, but one part that stood out was a moment of self assessment when she…

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Added by The Race Card on September 28, 2016 at 1:36pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Faces- Finding the glory of Black skin in all its hues (Philmore)

The model for this painting was chosen because he has some of the most beautiful skin I’ve ever seen. It is rich with pigment, and reflects the light in the most captivating way. I instantly noticed him in the front row of a talk I was giving. It is strange to me how anyone could not see the beauty in his skin, and yet sadly there are people who would insist that it is somehow inferior to other colors. Back when I was a little girl I went to a school where I was one of a…

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Added by The Race Card on September 26, 2016 at 5:08pm — 1 Comment

Public service announcement for the broken English hatersamong us

If you can barely string together a coherent sentence in one language and have the unmitigated gall to come at someone whose first language is something other than the English gifted to America by European conquest, check your privilege at the door and start saving up for Rosetta Stone. Let’s see how you pick up a new language, alphabet, and accent, shall we?



By T. McLendon, AFROPUNK Contributor…



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Added by The Race Card on September 26, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

In praise of Black resistance: a reflection on the Charlotte Uprising

To say that it's a surprise that another body has fallen victim to a police officer while simultaneously being unarmed and Black, would be to say that we haven't been paying attention for the last few years. Much of what is being felt day to day in cities around America is a combination of fear, disgust, frustration, and helplessness at a system that was not made with Black people in mind. How does one reckon with this? How does a community respond when one of their…

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Added by The Race Card on September 26, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Once & for all: Pointing Out "Black-On-Black Crime" is Gaslighting

Ooookay! I think I am officially done with this bullshit.



When surfing along Twitter looking towards the next hashtag name, I have more than twice coming across people who say that before we talk about police killing black people, they should talk about black-on-black crime. Where some people might agree, most of us EASILY see that this is nothing more than a form of gaslighting, deflecting any knowledge of their shortcomings by pointing out yours, real or…

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Added by The Race Card on September 23, 2016 at 3:29pm — No Comments

Massachusetts Supreme Court rules Black men have legitimate reason to flee police



We need not remind the AFROPUNK community of the police brutality running rampant in our cities and on our timelines. But in a striking turn of events, Massachusetts’ highest court has ruled that because of Boston Police Department’s continued relationship with its Black citizens, that Black men in particular "might just as easily be motivated by the desire to avoid the recurring indignity of being racially profiled as by the desire to hide criminal activity." The court… Continue

Added by The Race Card on September 23, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Alt. R&B singer/songwriter and AP alum Kelela brilliantly unpacks racism, White Privilege, and complacency in Instagram post

Dark R&B singer and AFROPUNK alum Kelela took to Instagram recently to fire off a passionate and thoughtful statement about white folk’s responsibility in the dialogue about racism and anti-blackness. Step one—shut up and listen: "Tired of white people telling me what I should and shouldn’t feel. People who are not black need to be listening (not…

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Added by The Race Card on September 23, 2016 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Federal Court Rules That Discrimination Against Locs Is Legal

As if finding a job in corporate America isn’t difficult enough for Black men and women, a federal court has ruled that natural hair is grounds to be discriminated against. A suit was filed on behalf of Chastity Jones, a Black applicant who applied for a customer service representative position at Catastrophe Management Solutions in 2010. Court documents show that Jones was hired but the company rescinded their offer when she refused to cut her dreadlocks. The applicant…

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Added by The Race Card on September 21, 2016 at 11:30am — 7 Comments

A Letter To My 10-Year-Old Self: Dear Little Black Child, You Are Good Enough

Life comes with no tour guide or ‘how to’ booklet. It’s simply a journey that you’re left to figure out by yourself amongst your good, your bad and ugly. I can’t help but think, what if I had a heads up before I was born or when I entered puberty? Surely that would have helped me. I’m sure it would have helped anyone growing up- but I suppose we’re all just not that bloody lucky are we? Here’s my short letter to the 10 year old me that didn’t know how to love, understand or accept…

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Added by The Race Card on September 16, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Saying “Hotep” as an insult is Anti-Black and Here’s Why

In June, when I arrived at the main cemetery chapel at the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón in Havana, Cuba, the first thing I saw was white Jesus. The picture was tacked to a bulletin board. The chapel, founded in 1876, lionized the European image with dark-tinted paintings of Catholic saints spread across the dome. That day, I looked at the picture of Jesus and didn’t believe it. Years ago, I would have glorified that picture. I would have praised Spanish colonizers with my…

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Added by The Race Card on September 7, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Activist Naledi Ramaabya raises awareness about albinism in Botswana with In My Skin campaign

In My Skin is a on-going campaign created by Naledi Ramaabya to raise awareness about albinism in Botswana. Through photographic representation, the campaign juxtaposes black models with albinism with with black models without—not to highlight those with albinism as an anomaly, but to play on their inherent blackness which binds them to the community. Albinism continues to be a misunderstood condition that people mistakenly relate to race, instead of skin…

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Added by The Race Card on September 6, 2016 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Chance the Rapper inspires the celebration of black boy happiness and creation of #BlackBoyJoy

After his easy going playfulness graced the VMAs this past weekend, Chicago hip-hop sweetheart Chance the Rapper re-tweeted the original article celebrating his #BlackBoyJoy. The hashtag itself was created by The Root writer Danielle Young in an article about the rapper’s (and others) unabashed display of happiness…

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Added by The Race Card on August 31, 2016 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Why be mad at Colin Kaepernick? America was already failing the veterans they "love" so much

I'm really baffled at the outrage people have on Colin Kaepernick but not the underlying issues we have in America. Racial injustices are a real issue but something else is also real key to add to this story. A lot of people are so angry because they feel not standing up for the flag means you're disrespecting veterans. Well America hasn't exactly been taking care of them. 22 veterans commit suicide every day. EVERY SINGLE DAY.



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Added by The Race Card on August 31, 2016 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls take powerful stance against white policing of black hair

The students from South Africa’s Pretoria High School for Girls are making a powerful stance against the institutionalized white supremacist policies embedded into South Africa’s formerly segregated “Model C” system and the white policing of black hair. This past Saturday, during the school’s annual Spring Fair, students peacefully and silently marched in protest of the policies until teachers and parent volunteers threatened to call the police to have the girls…

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Added by The Race Card on August 29, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: LA-based writer/filmmaker Darnell Lamont Walker recognizes the impact of police brutality on Black youth in new children's book 'I Hate That I Have to Tell You'

Writer and filmmakerDarnell Lamont Walker has brought a powerful, touching narrative to that which no one ever wants to have to address. In this societal climate of splattering Black lives, the roars for Black Lives Mattering has grown to an all-time high. Among the protests and movements- though we preach for the futures of then youth, do we…

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Added by The Race Card on August 24, 2016 at 4:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: My Afro Isn't Superficial- It's Political

Not since the civil rights movement has the afro been so visible, but now its purpose isn’t just political — it’s aesthetic. Designers now use “natural” models regularly, countless black-owned online stores and care sites have sprouted up, and even mainstream cosmetic brands have developed product ranges catered to kinks and coils. For me, however, the journey to my afro definitely was political. It was also deeply personal and a way to solidify and explore my…

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Added by The Race Card on August 24, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Know Your Black History: The American Lie of Black Underachievement (We are on to this)

Today a new generation of Americans are becoming activists. These people are on to something. These Americans are on to the lie of American history. The lie is that black Americans are underachievers and lack initiative. Nothing could be further from the truth.



This point was driven home to me after a visit to New Orleans and then meeting my cousin who was attending a NMA conference in Los Angeles. 




The National Medical Association (NMA) is…

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Added by The Race Card on August 12, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Upcoming film project 'Blasian Narratives: Volume I' uncovers the complexities of the 'mixed intersection of Black and Asian identities'

"What are you?"

"Where are you really from?"

The Blasian Narratives project is breaking the illusion of mixed bliss with its raw, organic representation of growing up in a society where- if your race isn't clear, neither are you. 

This interactive, intimate multi-media production, delves into the…

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Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 4:05pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Pittsburg-based mentor and survivor of police brutality Leon Ford conquers victimhood and inspires communities across the country

On November 11th,2012 Leon Ford's life was changed forever after being shot by the Pittsburgh police during a routine traffic stop. The unfortunate event left Leon paralyzed, however, he refuses to allow his experience to keep him down. Although Leon's case is still undergoing and the information he can share with us is limited, we caught up with him to listen to his story and get a glimpse into his perspective. Leon is a mentor, he considers himself a survivor and…

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Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: The Weeknd sets an example for all mainstream artists as he donates $250,000 to Black Lives Matter

This just in: The Weekndhas donated $250,000 to the Black Lives Matter movement- and it is shocking that people are so shocked.

An avid supporter of the BLM movement on Twitter, Abel Tesafaye is doing what any woke person would; supporting the cause by which we are all effected.

In a medium so…

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Added by The Race Card on August 11, 2016 at 12:39pm — No Comments

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