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NYC students tackle the segregated public school system with poetry & spoken word

Just 1 in 5 Black and Hispanic students in New York City are "college ready" after four years of high school. 235,000 kids go to schools where 100% of the students qualify for free lunch. 1/2 of schools have 12 or fewer white students. These are just a handful of statistics from the New York City Department of Education that are listed on the #TeensTakeCharge website explaining why the organization…


Added by The Establishment on May 23, 2017 at 1:28pm — No Comments

#MenAreTrash & #NotInMyName: South African women are not here for your sh*t anymore

This past weekend, hundreds gathered in Pretoria to make one huge statement against violence against women and children. Operating as a group called #NotInMyName, these protestors—most of which are men—followed a woman symbolically dressed in white through Pretoria to take a stand against the violence they’ve enabled or ignored for too long. "The time to take collective responsibility for our shameful action is now," protestor Kholofelo Masha told AlJazeera.…


Added by The Establishment on May 23, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

I’ll Still Complain About Politics Even When I Don’t Vote – Fight Me

I am a non-voter who has the audacity to still be upset that my people are dying. I have been told innumerable times that I am not supposed to be allowed this. “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain” is perhaps the most common non-voter shaming refrain I’ve heard, right up there with “your ancestors died for the right to vote.”

But I am not generally one to accept what society allows me to do as gospel.

I learned this from those very same ancestors,…


Added by The Establishment on May 17, 2017 at 11:29am — No Comments

Blaming the Obamacare repeal vote on leftists who were critical of Clinton is tasteless and counterproductive

On Thursday, the Trump administration finally made significant progress on one of their biggest and worst campaign promises: the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. After a similar bill's high-profile defeat in March, this time Republicans in the House succeeded in patching together enough votes to dismantle the foundations of  Obamacare, with twenty GOP lawmakers joining the full caucus…


Added by The Establishment on May 8, 2017 at 5:37pm — No Comments

White feminist Ivanka Trump uses Toni Morrison quote to compare busy schedules to slavery

In an honest review of self-proclaimed feminist and empowerer of women, Ivanka Trump’s upcoming self-help book, 'Women Who Work', aimed at (rich, white)…


Added by The Establishment on May 5, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Obama's embrace of hyper-capitalism is not above criticism just because he's Black

Yesterday, we wrote about how Barack Obama is held to a different standard than his predecessors and successor in large part due to anti-Blackness. This is undeniably true, and some of this anti-Blackness was evident in the response to…


Added by The Establishment on May 2, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Racism is expecting Obama to work for free while letting Trump's family siphon tax payers dollars through their business

For some naively optimistic reasons, I find myself once again surprised and disgusted by the hypocritical anti-black criticisms over former President Obama’s paid speaking engagements that are being made by media outlets and politicians like Sen.…


Added by The Establishment on May 1, 2017 at 1:40pm — No Comments

Black French journalist Audrey Pulvar suspended for signing anti-Marine Le Pen petition

After signing a petition against racist/xenophobic/Islamophobic/Holocaust-denier adjacent French Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, French TV host Audrey Pulvar has been suspended from her job until after the election. Pulvar, who hosts the CNews show “The Grand…


Added by The Establishment on April 27, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments

Trump is sh*t but Jeff Sessions is a very real danger too for Black & Brown people

It really, finally, truly set in earlier this month when Attorney General Jefferson Sessions set his focus on police reform and the agreements reached between the Department of Justice’s Civil Right’s division and local police departments, 14 agreements that were made following 25 investigations into these departments, during the Obama administration.

On several recent occasions, the AG has made startling statements about crime and violence in America.…


Added by The Establishment on April 21, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Fox News fired Bill O'Reilly to protect their money, not because of sexual assault allegations

Fox New Golden Boy, Bill O’Reilly was ousted by the network yesterday, not after years of more than a dozen of sexual harassment allegations and subsequent payouts, but after of O’Reilly’s national sponsors pulled ads from his show after it became apparent that the allegations were far from over and pressure from the public grew.

During the two decades that O’Reilly worked for the network, allegations of harassment and abuse had been rumored, but…


Added by The Establishment on April 20, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

New York finally signs law to stop charging 16 and 17-year-olds as adults

It's no secret that adult prisons can be brutal places, even for the toughest of criminals. And in two states–New York and North Carolina–16 and 17-year-old are automatically charged as adults, meaning children are regularly forced into these hotbeds of violence for years on end.

But on Sunday, New York took the first steps…


Added by The Establishment on April 17, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Laugh in a nazi's face, it will make your day better

25-year-old Saffiyah Khan’s unbothered gaze at an English Defence League (EDL) protestor was mood goals for real after Khan stepped forward to protect a Muslim counter-protestor in Birmingham, England last Saturday. The unnamed Muslim woman had shouted "Islamophobe" at a group of…Islamophobes and was surrounded by about 25 men when Khan, a Britain-born half-Pakistani, half-Bosnian, came to her defense. "I don't like seeing people getting ganged up on in my town,"… Continue

Added by The Establishment on April 11, 2017 at 11:59am — 2 Comments

Opioid crisis in white suburbia gets compassion while POC get mass incarceration

It’s cute that politicians across the country are taking up the very real and very serious opioid addiction epidemic that’s taking place in rural and suburban white communities, but I can’t help but feel confused and overlooked by the fact black communities have been suffering because of drug abuse for decades.

Over the weekend, I heard a white politician from somewhere refer to drug addiction as “drug misuse”. My jaw almost hit the floor. Drug…misuse. “Oops, I’m…


Added by The Establishment on March 31, 2017 at 1:13pm — 1 Comment

Protests erupt ahead of cuts to education in Puerto Rico economic crisis to be worsened under Trump budget

Photo credit: Vice News

Thousands of students at the University of Puerto Rico began a one-week strike yesterday, protesting imminent multimillion-dollar cuts amidst a severe economic crisis. The… Continue

Added by The Establishment on March 29, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Resistance in French Guiana: population fed up with exploitation & neocolonialism

My name is Lya and I’m a 21 years-old student from French Guiana (currently living in Toulouse, France). I don’t think that you’re aware of the current situation of French Guiana and you might don’t care at all but whatever. It needs to be said.

French Guiana is a French region located in South America between Suriname and Brazil. The majority of the population is Black, mixed or has foreign origins. We all live together and our culture (music, spoken languages,…

Added by The Establishment on March 27, 2017 at 2:09pm — 1 Comment

Make America Smart Again: we cannot let mediocrity be the new standard

Donald Trump is really something else. Living under his rule definitely seems the zap more than just a few brain cells, and I can only hope they are being used by him and his staff because they very sorely need them. What did he do now, you ask? I don't even know. Maybe it was the fact that there was a… Continue

Added by The Establishment on March 23, 2017 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Sorry not sorry for Trump voters now losing their Meals on Wheels, healthcare, etc.

People voted for Trump for a lot of reasons. Maybe it was in desperation to reclaim that super dangerous coal mining job that disappeared a decade ago, or the desire to “shake up Washington”. Whatever delusional or self-destructive bullshit those folks told themselves, it’s pretty clear—considering the rhetoric—that Trump voters are either flat out racist or completely apathetic to racism. Not only did Trump supports chant, cheer, and ultimately reward, the most racist…


Added by The Establishment on March 20, 2017 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Yo, Trump, stop making us pay for your expensive shit while you cut important programs

On Thursday, President Cheeto released a $1.1 trillion budget outline that pays for another $54 billion in military spending by eliminating or cutting dozens of crucial programs that have long been Republican punching bags. Proposed reductions include a 31 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency, a 20 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health, and full defunding of…


Added by The Establishment on March 17, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Artist and curator Ingrid LaFleur announces bid in Detroit mayoral race

Detroit native and contemporary artist & curator Ingrid LaFleur has thrown her hat in the race for the mayoral race in her hometown. After spending over a decade traveling the world and engaging in the contemporary arts community, LaFleur aims to apply what she’s learned through her unique experiences, creativity, and background to leadership. “I have experienced all of the beauty and challenges in Detroit on an intimate level,” LaFleur told…


Added by The Establishment on March 15, 2017 at 2:12pm — No Comments

President Toupee Fiasco's Twitter fingers are like that hotep uncle you avoid at the cookout

You know that one uncle you always try to avoid at every family gathering? No, not the embarrassingly drunk one who just makes you uncomfortable but is relatively harmless. That one you still love. I'm talking about the other one. The one you hate. The one your aunt Gloria didn't invite to the cookout but he still found out anyway and so she had to pretend it was just a mistake, but everyone knows she's lying.

By Hari…


Added by The Establishment on March 15, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

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