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Reclaiming the Bicha Preta - Black queer identity in the Brazilian publishing world

Marcelo Ricardo is an Afro-Brazilian poet and short-story writer based in Salvador, Bahia. He began writing at the age of 14 and recently published an anthology of short stories and poems in 2016. Through his work he brings to the forefront the dynamics of the black queer experience in Brazil alongside the movement for reclaiming the “Bicha Preta”



Bicha Preta - formerly perjorative; can be loosely translated as black…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Killer cop Betty Shelby is already back on the job. smh

When Tulsa, Oklahoma cop Betty Shelby was acquitted of first-degree manslaughter last Wednesday in the death of Terrence Crutcher, that was bad enough. To make matters worse, a juror later revealed that the group voted not guilty in the case because they were getting hungry and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

WTF: this teen was called into asst. principal's office because her afro was too "extreme"

After rocking her afro for most of the school year, Seventeen-year-old Jenesis Johnson was confronted by a teacher at North Florida Christian in Tallahassee. In front of the class, her teacher asked, "How long are you rocking that hairstyle?“, leading Johnson’s classmates to ask her questions about the maintenance. …

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 12:30pm — 4 Comments

Solange on asserting Blackness in white spaces: "tear the got damn walls down"

On Thursday, Solange performed two intimate shows at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York. The performance, titled "An Ode To", was conceptualized, choreographed, directed and composed by Solange, whose Saint Heron platform will also be curating a stage at AFROPUNK Brooklyn 2017. "An Ode… Continue

Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

White terrorism strikes again: 'Alt Reich Nation' member charged with the murder of Black Bowie State student

Orignally reported as a random attack, the FBI is now investigating the fatal stabbing of Bowie State University student Richard Collins III by University of Maryland student Sean Christopher Urbanski as a racially motivated hate crime. The motivation shift comes after UofM Police Chief David Mitchell became aware of Urbanski’s presence in a Facebook group called "Alt Reich: Nation". "Suffice it to say that [the Facebook group is] despicable. It shows extreme bias against…

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Added by The Race Card on May 22, 2017 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Saying "we're all Black" to silence intersectionality is the Black version of "all lives matter"

Like White People, Black men (in the most general sense) only differentiate between others when it serves them in a “positive” way. Hypermasculinity/homophobia/and femmephobia, to an extent, all factor into the ways in which the average Black understands his “manhood”. Men will acknowledge the existence of gender roles when it means they get the big piece of chicken or can sleep around without judgment or accountability—anytime where it can be used to assert dominance and…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Malcom X quotes that still ring true - he understood that we can't expect a racist system to dismantle itself

On May 19th, 1925, Malcolm Little, who would later become known as Malcolm X and then el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was born. Shabazz would go on to become one of the most influential Muslim ministers and human rights activists of all time. His indictments of white America and unapologetic rejection of non-violence in the face of racism garnered him many detractors. This, on top of his high profile split from the Nation of Islam, culminated with his assassination in 1965, but…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Struggle is not a commodity: on the "woke" social media trend

The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised, Will not be televised, will not be televised. The revolution will be no re-run brothers, The revolution will be live. -Gil Scott-Heron, The Revolution Will Not Be Televised



I’m trying not to be the #wokepolice and pass judgment on people, although I think it’s important that we address a certain issue. Many of us are familiar with the popular poem by Gil Scott-Heron first recorded in 1970 and quoted…

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Added by The Race Card on May 19, 2017 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

I started saying 'yes' when white people ask if my posts about social justice mean I hate them

“Don’t ask questions you don’t want to know the answer to.” Like most overused aphorisms, this is advice applicable to any number of situations, but none more so than for the question white liberals love most: “Does [insert Black person’s response to anti-Blackness] mean you hate white people?”



The query comes, like clockwork, in reply to the most normal reactions to things. Expressing sadness at the lost life of another child. Explaining that something must be…

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Added by The Race Card on May 18, 2017 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

"Irish slaves" were not a thing, stop the madness

Just this morning, I found myself fighting the all-too-common and sickening feeling that arises after coming across gruesome images of Black death. It is an inescapable reality of being Black in America: If we are not ourselves dying–and white supremacy…

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Added by The Race Card on May 18, 2017 at 12:27pm — 2 Comments

"Not guilty"? This woman shot Terence Crutcher while he was walking away with his hands up

Yesterday, Tulsa police officer, Betty Shelby, who killed an unarmed, back-turned Terrence Crutcher was acquitted by a jury of a felony charge of first-degree murder. What began as reported stalled car issue ended in with Shelby firing her gun at the man walking away from her with his hands up.… Continue

Added by The Race Card on May 18, 2017 at 10:16am — No Comments

Jordan Peele and Misha Green to co-produce HBO adaptation of Jim Crow-era road trip novel ‘Lovecraft Country’

Get Out writer-director Jordan Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions is teaming with Underground executive producer/showrunner Misha Green, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television for a TV adaptation of Lovecraft Country, the bestselling 2016 novel by Matt Ruff. The book is set in the 1950s and tells the story of Atticus Black, who embarks on a road trip across Jim Crow America with his Uncle George and friend Letitia to find his father after he…

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Added by The Race Card on May 17, 2017 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Whose life was the cop who pulled a gun on this Black woman changing her license plate trying to protect?

Another erratic white police officer, Matthew Janish, is under investigation after pulling a gun on 45-year-old North Carolina black woman, Tonya Jameson, who was changing her license plate.



Jameson had recently purchased the vehicle, which was solicited in a Craig’s List ad, after test driving it on that same day, April 28. On May 3, Jackson arranged one-way transportation to Jefferson City to pick up the new car, which she’d already registered in her name. She…

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Added by The Race Card on May 17, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

This moving photo essay flips the script on race expectations

In a feature titled "Let's Talk About Race" for O, the Oprah Magazine's May 2017 issue on race, photographer Chris Buck published a photo essay reversing the roles of women of color and white women. Buck, who is white, was commissioned by the editor-in-chief at O, Lucy Kaylin, who curated the feature to encourage more open conversation about race.…

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Added by The Race Card on May 17, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Mo'Nique has the right to live her truth, even if that means telling Oprah, Tyler Perry & Lee Daniels to suck her d*ck

During a recent standup show, actress and comedian Mo’Nique pulled no punches while calling out media titans Lee Daniels, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Since appearing in the Daniels directed and Winfrey and Perry produced film Precious in 2009, Mo’Nique has repeatedly claimed that she was blackballed in Hollywood, and now she is unabashedly taking the story a step even further: …



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Added by The Race Card on May 16, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

2017 in America: white supremacists with torches rallied over the weekend in Charlottesville, VA

Charlottesville, VA. was a disturbing sight this weekend when self-proclaimed white nationalist Richard Spencer led a group of misguided, white-shirted white people in two drum-banging, Confederate flag-waving, torch-carrying, klan-style protest against the high-profile removal of a Confederate monument. The second of two Saturday protests that Spencer held in the UVA college town, where he once attended school, only lasted ten minutes before counter-protesters and police…

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Added by The Race Card on May 15, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Black 15-year-old who launched Mo’s Bows bowtie company partners with NBA

Mo’s Bows is the real MVP! (it certainly isn't James Harden.) The bowtie brand, started by 15-year-old Moziah “Mo” Bridges, just announced a major partnership with the NBA. The company will create handmade neckties and bowties featuring the logos of teams and stripe patterns of the team’s colors.…

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Added by The Race Card on May 12, 2017 at 1:06pm — No Comments

99% Of Students Handcuffed In NYC schools Are Black or Latinx

In a deeply troubling report further corroborating racial bias in the education system… Continue

Added by The Race Card on May 11, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Activists across the Movement for Black Lives bail Black mothers out of jail for Mother's Day

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and, being the procrastinating child that I am, I'm still scrambling to make the day a special one for the woman who brought me into this world and deserves nothing less. For many equally deserving mothers, however, Sunday is no cause for celebration, as they are forced to spend the day in cages away from their families at the hands of the criminal justice system.



By Hari Ziyad*,…

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Added by The Race Card on May 11, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

How To Sound White On The Phone: A Guide To Code-Switching #Satire

A few days ago, 17-year old high school student Savanna Tomlinson broke the internet when she tweeted this picture of her yearbook photo:



The hilarious quote not only garnered millions of chuckles, but it began a furious debate in comment sections when…

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Added by The Race Card on May 10, 2017 at 9:58am — No Comments

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