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OP-ED: Oakland - A Portrait of Male Privilege and A Lesson on Self Worth

i. I am in Oakland competing for National Poetry Slam when I quickly realize this city is a car with its windows rolled and black leather seats...meaning it is really fucking hot. Here, it is too warm to dress comfortably...and by comfortably, I mean jeans, Nikes, a snapback, bomber, and long sleeved shirt. By comfortably, I mean "masculine". My body, an ocean of sweat, tries to calm the tide of itself - wears dresses, skirts, and crop tops instead *insert…

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Added by The Establishment on August 20, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: "Sandra Bland isn’t going away" (via Friends of Justice)

"Sandra Bland isn’t going away", says writer Alan Bean. In a new piece for Friends of Justice, Bean explores the activist's death (found dead in a Texas jail after being threatened, assaulted, and arrested by Texas Trooper Brian Encinia during a traffic stop) and why her name will continue to dominate the media, politics, and every day conversations:…

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Added by The Establishment on August 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

FEATURE: Roomswap - A Young Black Entrepreneur Helps University Students Find Affordable Housing With Mobile Housing Community

Check out Roomswap - a new start up, founded by black University of Oklahoma student Carey J. Flack, which allows university students to find housing in their college town (run by a team, made up entirely of women under the age of 23). The housing assignment service can now be accessed via a mobile app and assists students, free of charge, to secure affordable student-occupied spaces or to sublet (meaning everyone saves money!). Flack states: "We're giving students…

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Added by The Establishment on August 12, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: The Slippery Slope of Selling Yourself - How I Almost Landed in the Sex Industry

We are at a restaurant in Santa Monica when he asks how much he owes me. “$200 for 30 minutes,” I say. I don’t remember his name, just his eyes and how they never blinked. Just everyone else’s eyes and how they never blinked too. I am 20 when a 57 year old white man is the highest bidder on one of those websites where you keep the male ego company over dinner while being fetishized all at once. Fools like me will think ourselves to be the ones in power because we do…

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Added by The Establishment on August 11, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "17 Struggles All Suburban Black Kids Know Too Well"

Check out these illustrations from LA based artist Pedro Fequiere - from his new spot-on Buzzfeed listicle, "17 Struggles All Suburban Black Kids Know Too Well'. Any black person who has experienced or currently experiencing youth in a suburban (or mostly-white environment) should definitely understand where this illustrator is coming from. See some extracts below and …

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Added by The Establishment on August 10, 2015 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

OP-ED: Black Sailors Were Essential to the Development of the Early U.S.

As in Africa, the development of the U.S. as a world power has been largely accomplished by the use of rivers and seas for commerce. Today 95% of America’s foreign trade flows through our port systems. Nearly every black family in America has some family member who has worked or traveled by sea. I remember the tale of my great-uncle Nick’s sea chest. He was a merchant seaman in the 1940s and left his chest at the family home. My dad, a curious 11-year-old, opened his chest…

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Added by The Establishment on August 6, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: "Why Black Women Need Their Friends More Than Ever In The Wake of Sandra Bland"

Sunday, August 2nd was International Friendship Day! In the wake of Sandra Bland it is imperative to support the black women in your life. 

By Jia Justice, AFROPUNK Contributor.

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Added by The Establishment on August 5, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: A Love Note to Black Heterosexuals Who Fight for Black Freedom While Despising Black LGBTQ People, Your Freedom Vision Ain’t Free

Our present moment is organized by a brutal calendar of black death. Videos cataloguing black people alive before they are killed by police, deadened by suicide, mercilessly shot by white racists who despise their blackness, satirized by an apathetic public, taken from us by ghosts who enter jail cells sometime between a futile arrest and a hanging, abound. There is no rest for any of us. There is no retreat from collective liberation despite the thirst for…

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Added by The Establishment on August 5, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Make no mistake, this is an act of white supremacy” - Sandra Bland Mural Defaced by #AllLivesMatter Protesters

On tuesday it was reported that a Sandra Bland mural in Ottawa, Canada, had been defaced by #AllLivesMatter protesters - with the very same hashtag it has used time and time again to overshadow the epidemic of violence against black people. The mural, a tribute to the #BlackLivesMatter activist who was found dead in a Texas jail (after being threatened, assaulted, and arrested by Texas Trooper Brian Encinia during a traffic stop), was painted by local artists…

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Added by The Establishment on July 30, 2015 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: "Cincinnati Campus Cop Kills Unarmed Black Man"

This past Sunday, Sam Dubose became the next death in a growing "toll of unarmed black men dying in police encounters". As reported by …

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Added by The Establishment on July 23, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: “#SayHerName: Keeping the Movement Intersectional”, By Writer & Photographer Devyn Springer

As the #BlackLivesMatter movement sweeps across America and thousands of new thinkers wake up to the racial injustices committed in America, we have to make sure our conversation remains inclusive and intersectional. Many speak about black lives without ever mentioning the lives of black women and black members of the LGBT (especially trans) community, and this is a gross injustice to this civil rights struggle.…

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Added by The Establishment on July 21, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Satirical 'Black Body Survival Guide' From Creative Collective Intelligent Mischief

Take a look at the 'Black Body Survival Guide', courtesy of creative collective Intelligent Mischief. The on-going multi-media project is a satirical guide for black people, providing tips (in book form) to survive the surreal and absurd racism experienced by many in the United States. Intelligent Mischief tell us: "Our…

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Added by The Establishment on July 21, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Garinagu - 218 Years of Ongoing Resistance

The Garinagu (plural for Garifuna) are an Afro-indigenous group from St. Vincent who were exiled to Central America in the 18th century and presently face a second exile from their ancestral communities there. Three popular narratives have arisen to explain the genesis of the Garinagu:1) The intermarriage of the African explorers with Amerindian women, circa 900-1200; 2) The shipwreck of a Spanish/Dutch vessel off the coast of St. Vincent in 1635/1675 3) Escaped…

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Added by The Establishment on July 21, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: Why Is It So Often Called A Suicide When A Person Of Color Dies In Police Custody? #SandraBland

On Friday, Sandra Bland from Chicago, Illinois, was arrested during a traffic stop and 3 days later the Prairie View A&M University graduate (who was in Texas to start a new job) was found dead in a Texas jail cell - a case that has many screaming "foul play" and which many believe is another life lost in an epidemic of police brutality against black people in America. The office of Waller County Sheriff Glenn Smith (an…

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Added by The Establishment on July 17, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: AFROPUNK ARMY Homeless Outreach

AFROPUNK ARMY volunteers came out in record numbers to hit the streets with Care More (@letscaremore) this weekend and delivered hygiene kits and conversations to needy people living on NYC streets. They all earned their tickets to AFROPUNK FEST 2015! Give a little, get a…

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Added by The Establishment on July 14, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Hidden Figures' - Forthcoming Book And Film About The Unsung Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped America And NASA Win The Space Race

A forthcoming novel - and its film adaptation - are set to bring to light the unsung heros of America's space race - Black Women! Margot Lee Shetterly's upcoming narrative non-fiction book, 'Hidden Figures', will center on the cadre of African-American women who formed part of the country’s space work force during the 1940s through to the 60s - math wizards who provided the (then segregated) NASA with the raw computing power that the U.S. vitally needed to win the…

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Added by The Establishment on July 14, 2015 at 7:30am — 3 Comments

BLACK AND NERDY: Here's Why I'm Forsaking All That's Mainstream and Submerging Myself in Black Media Instead

I've had enough. I'm tired of TV shows that set in fantasy lands where no black people exist and seeing it played off as if that's somehow realistic. I've had enough of the token black person (usually a handsome, "respectable-looking" black man) thrown in at the edge of cast photo as an obvious ploy for diversity. I've had enough of a film industry where the most popular black female characters were men in dresses, because the only big black woman popular society…

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Added by The Establishment on July 14, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

NEW MUSIC: Deeway and Jalal's “The Preacher” Is A Perfect Summer Anthem #SoundCheck

Jubilant horns explode out of a laid back beat. Swirling electric guitars flit like so many lightning bugs in the July sky. Afro-Caribbean percussion skits and floats by, and vocalist Deeway spits out empowering verses “you're not weak / you're not slaves / you're not ugly like they say” before declaring himself “the preacher of love.” “The Preacher,” produced by Paris-based Jalal is one of those perfect summer anthems; chill but makes you move. Serve at maximum…

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Added by The Establishment on July 13, 2015 at 11:47am — No Comments

OP-ED: Is It Time To Re-evaluate The Church's Role In The Civil Rights Movement?

I am not a religious person, however, I definitely identify as spiritual. I believe that one’s relationship with God should be personal, and if that relationship happens to align with the ideology of a religion, then that’s just fine. Religion gives us a sense of belonging and community, something desperately needed in recent times. With that said, I do feel that there are some serious conversations we need to be having in the black community about the place of…

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Added by The Establishment on July 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: "Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow"

Check out this insightful write-up from farmer and educator Leah Penniman via Yes Magazine. In the article, Penniman (who works at…

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Added by The Establishment on July 7, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

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