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Black woman launches amazing project supporting other imprisoned and formerly incarcerated Black women

(This is an abridged version of the full interview posted on Medium.com)



While attending Johnson C. Smith University, Tiawana Brown made some life choices that cost her freedom. She did four years in federal prison for fraud while pregnant with her youngest daughter, Tijema.



Also a survivor of domestic violence and…

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Added by The Race Card on April 24, 2017 at 5:27pm — No Comments

The casual racism in nerd/gaming communities needs to stop

As a blerd, I am identities intersect between my blackness and being a nerd. My blackness comes first, even though others may question it with my nerdy interests. Some black people listen to Migos and Future, but I will listen to Korean Pop or video game soundtracks.



When reaching out to other races of nerds there is sometimes a clash where black and nerds do not agree completely. I honestly do not hang with white nerds for a few reasons, for starters I…

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Added by The Race Card on April 24, 2017 at 3:57pm — No Comments

We need to talk about non Native people's trivialization of 'spirit animals'

Who doesn’t likes animals? But guess what we like even more — endangered species! They’re so rare and so special, like unique little snowflakes. That’s why Mandy and her friends totally love them.



When asked what ‘spirit animals’ meant, Mandy responded, “You know, like the animal that’s most like you in every way. Or even like another person or whatever you want. Like my spirit animal is a wolf, but also Rihanna.” This point was further confirmed by…

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Added by The Race Card on April 24, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Black women traveling the world is radical, especially when world politics are increasingly conservative

Over the past five years there has been an increase in pages for and by Black women travelling around the world on solo missions, for vacations, to do projects, to be fabulous and so much more. These instagram pages are the epitome of #blackgirlmagic #blackgirlfly and #blackjoy. Black women traveling the world breaks so many barriers, and is an attempt to dispel pathologies which come from the legacy of restricting the movement of Black people and women. In a time when…

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

We must rethink the way we treat ALL criminals (not just non-violent ones)

Happy 420! Today, you've probably already seen a few people celebrating or reveling in some form of criminality. You might see them pointing out the ridiculous nature of marijuana criminalization, and how it makes no sense that a drug that is on nearly all accounts less harmful than alcohol is still illegal throughout most of the country. You might even see them draw attention to the racialized nature of such criminalization, using…

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Added by The Race Card on April 20, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

My Blackness Is Not a Gimmick - Anti-blackness on Korean TV

Being a black Korean pop was bit of a challenge when I first discover this genre in 2009. Black alternatives want to branch away from listening to rap and hip-hop just to appease our peers. I kept my love for Kpop on the low, but most people know I listen to it.



As of now, I am surprised that the fandom has grown international and even some of my black friends occasionally listen to Kpop. Korean pop tends to attract black audiences as it is something new to us as…

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Added by The Race Card on April 20, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Black women saved me from being a hotep

For as long as I can remember, I have always been susceptible to believing shit that makes absolutely no sense. This first started in 4th grade when niggas in my homeroom class told me that Tupac faked his death and was living on some island in the Caribbean. In my defense, that’s still a pretty commonly-believed conspiracy theory.



That all changed in freshman year of undergrad, when the niggas next door told me that Tupac was indeed dead because The Illuminati…

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Added by The Race Card on April 20, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Black death is the new porn - we have become desensitized

In the 1964 Supreme Court Case Jacobellis v Ohio Justice Potter Stewart tried to explain his feeling about whether something is obscene by writing:



I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it.



The funny thing about this…

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Added by The Race Card on April 19, 2017 at 10:06am — No Comments

If so-called "allies" don't want to show up when shi*t gets real, they should leave us TF alone

Last week, I addressed the situation in which author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi argued that when the feelings of white allies aren’t centered, they “shut up, and clam up, and stay home, because they’ve been told that the fight is not theirs.” I posited that if not promising a smooth journey is all it takes for an…

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Added by The Race Card on April 18, 2017 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Some Black men say white women are more "loyal", will they ride or die for you when it comes down to race?



I am not wrong for still being mad over Pepsi’s tone-deaf commercial featuring Kendall Jenner handing a soda to a police officer at a protest. Rather than pointing out the dozens of sins in the video, I want to pull Black men to side to tell them the truth: Becky is not going to take the place of your sisters by your…

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

Saying I'm Not Into Black Girls Isn't a Preference. It's Racist

Under white supremacy, black women can be lots of things — but they aren’t seen as dateable. Guess what? White people who believe this are racist.



One of the timeless — but no less relevant and humanistic — cliches we issue to ourselves and others about dating and intimate companionship is that a person’s character, not their racial makeup, is (or should be) the only criteria that matters when deciding whether or not to pursue a relationship.



This is,…

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Added by The Race Card on April 17, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

We should fight white supremacy everywhere we see it, but Black people are not mules

Earlier this week, United Airlines was caught up in a maelstrom of controversy after they had a passenger forcibly dragged off an over-booked plane. When no one agreed to voluntarily give up their seat, a computer system was used to choose four passengers at random to be removed from the flight. Among them was Dr. David Dao, whose removal was filmed and went viral…

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Added by The Race Card on April 13, 2017 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Marriage Does Not Guarantee Happiness or Protection for Black Women

I was saddened to learn that both the shooter and one of the victims in the San Bernardino school shooting on Tuesday were Black. You would think the media would jump on the case since the confirmed gunman was a Black male, and probably wouldn't get much defense. Yet there hasn't been much energy put into uncovering the breaking-point for Cedric Anderson, and the coverage on the…

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Added by The Race Card on April 13, 2017 at 11:33am — 1 Comment

Black Lives Matter everywhere: Transnational Black solidarity is key

Do you know the names: Kingsley Chinagorom Echeta, Adama Traoré, Mzee Mohammed, Zyed Benna, Bouna Traoré, Laye Kondé?



But, you do know the names: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling? solidarity |ˌsäləˈderədē| noun : 1 unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group



The difference between the first set of names and the second is: the…

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Added by The Race Card on April 12, 2017 at 12:29pm — 2 Comments

The Caucacity party/social experiment turns the tables on racist "culture parties"

The Caucacity Party is an upcoming London social experiment that turns the table on ‘culture parties’ by exploring the space between cultural appropriation and appropriate appreciation with a party that celebrates all things European. “Shakespeare, kale smoothies, colonialism, Kylie Jenner, and sunburns - It’s high time we celebrate Europe, the fatherland, and its cultural riches that have been stomped onto every single corner of this world.”



The experiment was…

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Added by The Race Card on April 11, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

You're not really an "ally" if you must be spoken to in a "nice" tone in order to show up

Two days ago, New York Times best-selling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi set off an internet firestorm when she posted a status critiquing “fauxtivist” of color who are too harsh on white allies, among other things:





Besides the fact that the post utilized one of the worst portmanteaus ever conceived, many took offense…

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

I Wrote The Play 'Hidden Fences' Because Someone F*ucking Had To

In January, amid the excitement of The Golden Globes while interviewing Pharrel, some whytladee I’ve never heard of created a movie that didn’t exist. Jenna Bush accidentally meshed the titles of two prominent black movies “Hidden Figures” and “Fences” and created “Hidden Fences”.…

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Added by The Race Card on April 10, 2017 at 1:29pm — No Comments

F*uck respectability, we need to re-establish brotherhood among Black men

As of April 2017, Netflix still has its dose of must-see independent films. One of the platform's best and most heart-wrenching movies I have seen so far is called Honeytrap. It tells the story of a Trinidadian teen named Layla who moves to London and stays with her mother. Layla struggles with fitting in as her innocent personality does not grab the attention of the boys and the popular girls. So she becomes less focused on her grades in order to snag the…

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Added by The Race Card on April 10, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

NYPD infiltrating BLM confirms that U.S. authorities are hellbent on squashing Black liberation

On Tuesday, The Guardian reported that the NYPD had infiltrated a group of Black Lives Matter organizers and accessed their communications. "Undercover officers in the New York police department infiltrated small groups of Black Lives Matter activists and gained access to their text messages," the report read,…

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Added by The Race Card on April 6, 2017 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

This Pepsi fiasco shows why brands need to hire more POC

When a marketing campagin or iniciative goes wrong at most major companies, due to a lack of “sensitivity”, it’s because there aren’t enough (or any) black voices represented in the decision-making process.



This is self-evident when we talk about all types of underrepresented groups. Like women for example. Just two weeks ago we saw that photo of GOP lawmakers gathering to discuss the future of women’s health care in America, without any women in the room to voice…
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Added by The Race Card on April 6, 2017 at 2:22pm — No Comments

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