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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 — 6 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

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, but… Continue

Added by The Race Card on March 3, 2016 at 5:43pm — 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

INTERVIEW: Brazilian Black feminist philosopher Djamila Ribeiro on intersectionality and the Black feminist movement

Brazil has seen a huge rise of the black feminist movement in the last years. Black women have reached spaces that before were only occupied by white people. Brazilian philosopher Djamila Ribeiro, Master in Political Philosophy - Federal University of São Paulo - is a great example of that. She’s woman, she’s black and she has brought inside the academy the struggles of black girls who won’t take back down.



Portuguese and English translations…

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Added by The Race Card on February 25, 2016 at 5:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Afro-Cuban/Dominican womanist and writer Juliana Pache starts #BlackLatinXHistory hashtag

Juliana Pache is the Afro-Cuban/Dominican singer and womanist writer behind the #BlackLatinXHistory hashtag that emerged on Twitter to include the stories and accomplishments of Afro-Latinx people. “Latinx”, pronounced La-teen-ex, is a gender-neutral term meant to include people who don’t necessarily fit the gender binary. “On the morning of February 1, I saw posts about Black History Month, and out of curiosity, I looked at the social media accounts of a few Latinx…

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Added by The Race Card on February 25, 2016 at 1:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Afro-Brazilian YouTuber Luciellen Assis encourages black girls to love and accept their natural hair

21 years-old Brazilian Luciellen Assis has changed the life and mind of a lot of black girls in Brazil by encouraging them to accept their natural hair.



She started her Youtube channel to register her transition to natural hair, but she didn’t expect that lots of girls would identify with the videos and feel encouraged to do the…

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Added by The Race Card on February 24, 2016 at 10:38am — No Comments

OP-ED: AFROPUNK Contributor Danielle "Jazz" Noel received heartbreaking comments when she was featured in a viral video with her ex. She tells us how she handle it

Prior to the Elite Daily video, I had never gone to a casting. So when we found out Hack was selected to take part in a social experiment on exes, he asked me to come along. Despite the tone of the video, him and I are actually still best friends.



However, what started as a fun social experiment turned into a larger social conversation less than 12 hours after its release. The comment section was filled with comments bashing my physical features. Men were…

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Added by The Race Card on February 22, 2016 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Black model Maryse Kyelem’s mere existence on MAC Cosmetics Instagram account draws immediate wave of racism

"If I survived middle school in america I can get over this. The bullying and alienation from others solely based on my features and skin color did not stop me from doing what I want," 19-year-old model Maryse Kyelem. wrote on Instagram after MAC Cosmetics featured her lips in one of their lipsticks at Fashion Week. The picture, which was posted late Wednesday, quickly illicit disrespectful and…

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Added by The Race Card on February 19, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Portugal-based Angolan Dércio Tomás Ferreira Decolonizes Minds Through YouTube Channel

Dércio Tomás Ferreira, an Angolan YouTuber living in Portugal, has a lot to say. He started a channel on YouTube to talk issues like blackness, religion, culture and society from the perspective of an African boy living in Europe, but also in context with the black experience in the Americas. These types of complex connections makes his channel be more focused on provoking questions rather than giving answers, as he says:



“My purpose is to deconstruct black…

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Added by The Race Card on February 19, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

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