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Peaches Monroee coined the phrase "on fleek" but received none of the profit, now launching cosmetic line

Like 97 percent of all the great things in the American pop-culture lexicon, AAEV determines the words and phrases that flavor our language, so to speak. But rarely do we source and acknowledge the people who invent and/or repurpose words to reflect the times. Peaches Monroe, who coined the phrase/word "Eyebrows on Fleek, hasn’t made a dime from the…


Added by The Race Card on February 21, 2017 at 5:33pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Activists Jocelyn & Andrew Cooper paved the way to make Shirley Chisholm’s election possible

They say behind every good man is an even better woman, and in the case of Jocelyn & Andrew Cooper, they stood side by side in greatness. The duo accomplished more than many could dream of in their lifetimes, both together and separately, but one of their greatest achievements was all but securing Shirley Chisholm’s election to the United States Congress. In the mid-1960s, the Coopers took the city of New York head on in a battle for legitimate congressional…


Added by The Race Card on February 21, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

White terrorist who plotted attack on NY mosque avoids terror charge, found guilty on four related counts

A white Tennessee man named Robert Doggart will not face terrorism charges for plotting an attack on a mosque in upstate New York. Doggart was arrested in April 2015 when law enforcement learned that he had been attempting to recruit people to burn down a mosque in the self-named, Muslim majority community of "Islamberg“, an enclave outside of Hancock, NY. The …


Added by The Race Card on February 16, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: former slave William Washington Browne founded the first Black-owned bank

We often talk about firsts in the realm of sports, entertainment, or politics, but rarely do we look towards the economic accomplishments of Black people in the United States. Former slave William Washington Browne was the first to start a black-owned financial institution with the help of one of the first Black fraternal order the Grand United Order of True Reformers. Browne was born into slavery as Ben Browne in Habersham County, Georgia on October 20, 1849 to Joseph…


Added by The Race Card on February 16, 2017 at 1:54pm — 1 Comment

The White People Superpower

Towards the end of the first Superman movie, after the Man of Steel stops a bank robbery, saves Hackensack, New Jersey from a nuclear missile and defeats Lex Luther, he discovers that his actions killed the beautiful heroine, Lois Lane. Distraught over her death, Superman uses his powers to rewind time and gives himself a second chance to save the love of life.

“America is the land of the second chance.” - George W Bush

We’ve all heard a version of…


Added by The Race Card on February 15, 2017 at 12:14pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Lillian Ngoyi, the "mother of the Black resistance" in South Africa

Women have been the face and force of resistance for as long resistance was necessary and Ma Ngoyi is a perfect example of the resilience and diligence that women embody. Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1911, Lilian Masediba Ngoyi originally enrolled for a nurses' training course for her education, but she eventually took up work as a machinist in a clothing factory where she worked from 1945 to 1956.

Soon after joining the Garment Workers Union (GWU) under Solly Sachs,…

Added by The Race Card on February 13, 2017 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Colorism is white supremacy in action in the Black community

In today's time, we are faced with different perceptions of who we are as black people. Dealing with the everyday stresses of being seen more aggressive, bitter, and ghetto. Having to prove that these traits are not who we all are as black people are exhausting. We fight these stigmas every day as people.

We end up fighting these [racial] stigmas, but forget we place the same ones upon our community. We allow colorism to divide us as people and create more tension…


Added by The Race Card on February 13, 2017 at 12:29pm — No Comments

'Dear White People' creator on boycott: "hurt feelings aren’t oppression"

If you haven’t heard, white folks are mad (again). At what you ask? Well it’s not because Black, Latinx, LGBTQ, and Muslim people are being discriminated against at record levels. It’s because Netflix recently released the trailer for their series ‘Dear White People,’ based on the feature length movie originally released in 2014. The uproar has led the far right and many conservatives to abandon Netflix altogether citing “racism” and “white genocide. Dear White People…


Added by The Race Card on February 13, 2017 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

French police say they sodomized Black man with a baton "by accident"

"Accidents happen,” is a common refrain for folks who don’t want to take responsibility for their actions but French police is taking the phrase to new and heinous heights. A 22-year-old man, identified only as Theo, was stopped by the officers in the suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois, north of Paris, when he was allegedly sodomized with the baton, according to his lawyer, Eric Dupond-Moretti. A medical report confirmed severe wounds in the anal area.



Added by The Race Card on February 10, 2017 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Hidden Figures: Mary McLeod Bethune, an educator, innovator and founder of Bethune-Cookman University

Ever heard of the historically Black college Bethune-Cookman University in Florida? Well the woman behind its founding is Mary McLeod Bethune, the educator, philanthropist, and all around badass Black woman. Born in South Carolina in 1875 to former slaves, she went to work in the fields as early as the age of five, but always had the desire and intention to become educated. While her initial goal was to become a missionary in Africa, she eventually opened an all girls…


Added by The Race Card on February 9, 2017 at 10:12am — No Comments

Whatever Happened To ‘All Lives Matter?”

Waaay back in the days of 2016, before the Chester the Pussy Molester flooded the Oval Office with white nationalists and Alt-right advocates, there was this group called “Black Lives Matter.” I know it’s hard to think back that far before the Nazis took over the executive branch of the government, but trust me, it’s true. Black Lives Matter had a simple goal–to fight State violence against black bodies. It started with a hashtag meant to explain to everyone–both black and…


Added by The Race Card on February 8, 2017 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Jerry Lawson invented the video game cartridge

Not all heroes wear capes and not all genius’s masterpieces go in museums. What better examples of unconventional genius than engineer and computer scientist Jerry Lawson, the innovator behind the video game cartridge. Now, I know what you’re thinking...why would a video game cartridge be a big deal? Well when video games were in their infancy, the game itself was built into the console. That means that if you were fortunate enough to buy the console, you could only play one… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 8, 2017 at 9:48am — 1 Comment

Hidden Figures: Yaa Asantewaa, the Ashanti Empire’s warrior queen

Yaa Asantewaa is a badass woman. Not only did she help run the Ashanti empire as its Queen mother, she also helped protect it from ruin. During her brother's reign, Yaa Asantewaa saw the Asante Confederacy go through a series of events that threatened its future, including civil war from 1883 to 1888. In the decade after, the British deported Prempeh I and demanded the Golden Stool, the symbol of the Asante nation. This request led to a secret meeting of the remaining…


Added by The Race Card on February 7, 2017 at 1:36pm — 2 Comments

Hidden Figures: Mum Bett, first black slave to file and win a freedom suit in Massachusetts

Elizabeth Freeman, more frequently referred to as Mum Bett, was likely born in 1742, to enslaved African parents in Claverack, New York. She and her sister were purchased by John Ashley of Sheffield, Massachusetts, whom she served until she was nearly forty. After her mistress assaulted her, she left the house and refused to go back to slavery. When John Ashley appealed to the law for her return, she called on Theodore Sedgewick, a lawyer from Stockbridge who had…


Added by The Race Card on February 6, 2017 at 11:25am — No Comments

“Crimes by White Americans” website showcases the real threat to American democracy: white people

In an effort to keep the masses up to date with the “true criminals” of the day, new website “Crimes By White Americans” is listing out all the crimes committed by white folks to combat the notion that minorities and immigrants are the source of criminal activity. In the current state of America as a country, the sentiment is white nationalist, which includes a host of other terrible predispositions like misogyny,… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 6, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

New film celebrates the life of Bayard Rustin, openly gay civil rights game changer

The life of Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin, a leading strategist for the movement, who planned the March on Washington, is being told in the new film ‘Bayard & Me’. The short film by Matt Wolf, which premiered at Sundance, sheds light on the marginalization of gay activists within the Civil Rights Movement, through the eyes of an interracial gay couple—Rustin and his partner Walter Naegle. The documentary will explore Rustin’s intersectional struggle for justice, on… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 3, 2017 at 1:21pm — No Comments

“And Black People Created Style”: Adornment as self-expression and rebellion

My most vivid memory of my maternal grandmother is set in her bedroom, in front of her vanity. I sat and watched her adorn herself in jewelry, putting decorative pieces in all four of her ear piercings. She told me to look through her jewelry box and pick out the pair I wanted to take for myself. Feeling overwhelmed and unworthy, I spent hours looking just to decide not to take any. I knew I couldn’t wear them like she could. Her style was aspirational to me, and I needed a…


Added by The Race Card on February 3, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Hidden Figures: Bessie Stringfield, first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo

This Black History Month, we’re featuring unsung Black men and women who changed history as we know it. Today we’re featuring Bessie Stringfield, the first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo. At the tender age of 19, she got her mother’s permission to purchase motorcycle and the rest is history. To support herself while traveling the lower 48 states, she performed in motor vehicle shows, performed stunts, and rode in motordomes like the one…


Added by The Race Card on February 2, 2017 at 10:17am — 1 Comment

Hidden Figures: Charlotte L. Brown refused to give up her seat in 1863, leading to major civil rights campaign

It is often said Rosa Parks sat so we could stand. Well it seems there was a woman before Mrs. Parks to take a similar approach to civil rights. At 8PM on April 17, 1863, Charlotte Brown took a seat on a horse-drawn streetcar one block from her home on Filbert Street in San Francisco. She was on her way to see her doctor. The streetcar was owned by the Omnibus Railroad Company. When the streetcar conductor approached her and asked her to leave, Brown said she "had a… Continue

Added by The Race Card on February 1, 2017 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Chrisette, Steve and the Coons at the table

Before America had even sworn in the Chucky doll turned commander-in-chief, opportunistic Black celebrities were already streaming into Trump Towers vying for power, money or a few more minutes of relevance. After they exited the elevators to pose for awkward poses with a man who had publicly and irrevocably aligned himself with the enemies of their people, they shuffled back to Black America and passed out excuses and flawed reasoning like lollipops at a day care…


Added by The Race Card on February 1, 2017 at 12:53pm — 1 Comment

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