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FEATURE: #BlackHistoryMonth — Cecil Rhodes was just as bad as the other psychopath

Cecil Rhodes, founder of De Beers Diamonds in South Africa, a celebrated imperialist and businessman, for whom the worlds most celebrated and prestigious scholarship, The Rhodes Scholarship, is named after, killed millions of blacks during and as the subsequent result of his reign of imperialistic terror on the continent. “Rhodes connived his way to wealth in a lawless frontier culture, then used that fortune to fund a private invasion of East Africa. He bought newspapers…


Added by The Race Card on February 2, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Meet France-based intersectional feminist vlogger Naya Ali (aka La Ringarde)

Meet France-based intersectional feminist vlogger, Naya Ali (aka La Ringarde)! Joining the ranks of other prolific black feminist bloggers and vloggers, like the brilliant Kat…


Added by The Race Card on January 29, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments

BOOKS: author/educator/publishing maven Dr. Tamara Pizzoli pens gender/race-bent fairy-tale 'The Ghanaian Goldilocks'

'The Ghanaian Goldilocks' flips the classic fairy tale on it’s head with a gender and race-bent 'Goldilocks' named Kofi. Kofi, a black boy from Accra, Ghana, wears traditional kente cloth, has sun-lightened natural hair, and is affectionately referred by his friends and family as “Goldilocks”. 'The Ghanaian Goldilocks' seamlessly weaves West African culture and themes into this beautiful modern re-telling. "This book demonstrates that not only do black boys matter, but that…


Added by The Race Card on January 27, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "Proudly Albino" brings albinism discrimination to the forefront with awareness fashion show

"Proudly Albino" is an awareness fashion event aimed at creating visibility and understanding of issues pertaining to albinism—specifically exclusionary issues and discrimination. “Proudly Albino” was hosted in Kinshasa, DRC last October. Check out some of the looks and models from the event!

Check out more pictures from the event right here!…


Added by The Race Card on January 26, 2016 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Poet Catherine Labiran shares chilling spoken word piece about police brutality

21-year-old undergraduate psychology student, poet, and author Catherine Labiran shared with us her spoken word poem ‘A different type of tired’—a raw, passionate piece about police brutality. "A different type of tired" is a poem about police brutality - the actions, the consequences, the lives, the dreams and the silence. This poem was written as a direct reflection of my thoughts about police brutality, which means that the poem is often disjointed, it rhymes sometimes…


Added by The Race Card on January 22, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: Writer Latifah Miles launches "Ask A Black Chick"—a judgement free forum for white women to talk race

So, 26-year-old writer Latifah Miles has created a space called "Ask a Black Chick"—a Q&A forum for white women to present their racial quandaries to a patient, understanding black woman. Miles, along with a group of 50-or-so black female contributors, aims to decrease white backlash and racial tension by fostering a judgement-free conversation. "One of my white friends told me once that…


Added by The Race Card on January 21, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: BBC Two to air comprehensive four-part series chronicling lesser known Black British Histories

BBC Two is, once again, teaming up with acclaimed historian and broadcaster David Olusoga in a follow up to last year's 'Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners'. 'A Black History of Britain' (produced and written by Olusoga) will air as a four-part series that chronicles the lesser known events and figures of black British histories; an attempt to present those histories as the crucial…


Added by The Race Card on January 21, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments


Haben Girma, 35, is the first deaf-blind Harvard Law Graduate and an avid surfer. Haben was introduced to the sport through the sub-genre of tandem surfing. The Encyclopedia of Surfing defines tandem surfing as “any two people riding the same board at once." Originating in Hawaii during the early 1900s, tandem surfing involves a tall surfer (usually a man) lifting a shorter surfer (a woman) over his/her head in different positions. Both surfers must balance on the surfboard…


Added by The Race Card on January 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

FEATURE: New app Purchase Black makes it easier to support black-owned businesses

The past year and half, since the murder of Mike Brown, has been pretty incredible in the way of persistent activism in the black community. From boycotting Black Friday altogether to disrupting the communities who are able to passively accept state sanctioned violence (among other things) while indulging in holiday "savings", black people have been on top of it. And while we're taking steps back from businesses who don't support and respect our unique identities and…


Added by The Race Card on January 19, 2016 at 1:32pm — No Comments

FEATURE: "At 23, his Ph.D. is Jalaal Hayes' latest achievement"

At 22, Jalaal Hayes joined the 178 of black Americans who have earned a physical science doctorate in the United States. At that time, Hayes also became the youngest student at Delaware State University to earn a Ph.D. "For his age and given the percentage of those who earn a Ph.D. in the STEM field who are black or African American, it's quite an accomplishment," said Rachel Upton, of the American Institutes for Research in Washington,…


Added by The Race Card on January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

OP-ED: "Apple’s mostly white board says a call for diversity is 'unduly burdensome and not necessary' " (via Quartz)

Apple Inc.'s board of directors don't think that Apple should increase its push for diversity on its board or at senior levels within the corporation. Currently, Apple's executive team is made up of 18 people, one of which is a black woman. Its board of directors has eight members, two of which are women and, one, a black man. Apple's board of directors think that squeezing female representation to 25% and that having one ethnic minority is plenty.

"In a…


Added by The Race Card on January 18, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Die-ins" take place after near exlusion of Black Artists in National Art AIDS America Exhibit

Despite being only 12% of the population, African Americans account for 44% of all new adolescent and adult HIV infections.

Last October, the Tacoma Art Museum and The Bronx Museum of the Arts began the first leg of their critically-acclaimed traveling exhibit, Art AIDS…


Added by The Race Card on January 12, 2016 at 1:49pm — No Comments


If I had a dollar for every time I've heard, "Everything isn't about race," I could finally afford the house I've been eyeing. As a person perpetually concerned with the how race affects every aspect of our lives, I'm faced daily with opposition certain that I'm unnecessarily injecting race. The notion is absurd to me for obvious reasons, but never has the claim revealed itself as more utterly inaccurate than it has in the wake of the allegations of sexual assault made…


Added by The Race Card on January 11, 2016 at 3:12pm — 2 Comments

Op-Ed: #DearTamir, I Give You This Poem

I know this took too long for me to write, Tamir, and I apologize for that. I wanted to write an article for you. I wanted to construct a piece for you on police brutality, on racism, on the dehumanization of black people, on the denial of childhood for young black kids. But I couldn’t. My hands were shaky and my voice weak, tears rolling down my face, as I found out that the Grand Jury had returned their decision declining to indict the police officers responsible…


Added by The Race Card on January 5, 2016 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

OP-ED: "My Black Is Not Your Black, And That’s Okay"

As a 30-something year old black woman, I pride myself on having embraced my differences. This was not so much the case back in my mid-20s when I was struggling with my so-called “otherness” during a time when most people were trying to figure out who they are. I don’t eat fried chicken (anymore, at least). I do yoga. I obsess over Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I can express at length the differences between Aerosmith and Guns ‘N Roses. Kayaking and wine tasting are two of my…


Added by The Race Card on October 17, 2014 at 9:36am — 14 Comments

OP-ED: "Let's Talk About The Pressure To Be The 'Right' Kind Of Black Girl"

I spent a good portion of my life trying to be better than the best. I was always the first to jump at an extra assignment or task, to show everyone that I was capable. But for what? Why?

It was late at night and I couldn’t sleep. I was sick as a dog but that wasn’t why I was up. The next day’s schedule was overstuffed in a way that felt necessary to me, at the time. I felt like absolute crap but was still wrestling with the idea of calling off the next day. It was then…


Added by The Race Card on October 10, 2014 at 8:37am — 6 Comments

FEATURE: Beasts of Brown Nations: How imperialism changed the way Black people relate to animals

It's 2014 and the United States of America has never had a black host on a show about animals. The visibility of cultural diversity in any given field greatly affects a child's propensity towards said field. Even greats like Neil DeGrasse Tyson struggled with committing to a discipline that lacked role models from his community. This lack of diversity can be…


Added by The Race Card on October 3, 2014 at 8:34am — 5 Comments

FEATURE: "I learned to be Black in America, while still not being 'Black enough' for some"

It was in America that I learned to be black. In the predominantly small white town we moved to in Upstate New York; in the nasty ways young kids behave to other young kids they perceive as different, dangerous. In the way my seventh grade teacher evaded my innocent question of what the word "coon" meant. It was during lunch, with the chaotic buzz of several dozen prepubescent children going on when I approached her and posed my question. Her large, brown eyes looked into mine…


Added by The Race Card on September 24, 2014 at 11:37am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: A Month in Africa - Going back to Zambia 21 years later

Looking down from the plane at the patches of light winking up at me below, my stomach did backflips – and it wasn’t from the turbulence. In about 20 minutes I’d be landing on a continent that I should call home but seemed far from it. Africa. A city called Lusaka in a country called Zambia to be exact.

This is the city I was born in and swept away from before I could even speak so that my parents could start a new life in England, which came to be my home and all that I…


Added by The Race Card on September 15, 2014 at 8:09am — No Comments

OP-ED: Yes, we need African-American history classes

"Why should they have their own classes? I don't understand what the big deal is." Flabbergasted. Shocked. In my head, I resembled Munch's "The Scream", but I am sure I appeared more calm than the inner turmoil I was experiencing. I stared at my high school classmates circa 1988 or so, none of which were African-American—some were Japanese-American, Mexican, Jewish, perhaps Armenian but in that particular class none were black or else the words would not have been…


Added by The Race Card on July 15, 2014 at 1:51pm — 6 Comments

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