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FEATURE: New Study Shows That Homegrown White Terrorism Is A Bigger Threat To The United States Than Muslim Extremists

If there's one thing that has been reflected by last week's shooting in Oregon and the Charleston church shooting in June (in which nine blacks were shot dead by a young white male at one of South Carolina's most historic black churches), it's that white supremacy is America's biggest…


Added by The Establishment on October 4, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Study Shows That "White People React To Evidence of White Privilege By Claiming Greater Personal Hardships"

Raw Story reports that a new research study at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has found that "white people respond to evidence that they are privileged by their race by insisting that they face greater hardships in life". WTF?! The study was conducted by researchers L. Taylor Phillips and Brian S. Lowery, and published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology. Phillips and Lowery state: “Despite this reality, policy makers and power brokers continue…


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

OP-ED: How Not To Be Racist At Uni 101 (for Students)

I interviewed five women of colour studying undergraduate degrees in arts and social sciences at different universities across the UK to see if there were things which united our experiences. We discussed everything from dynamics in da club and awkward race-based seminars to themed nights out which scream cultural appropriation. It seems the most efficient way to offer a critical insight into our experiences was to take real life scenarios and turn them into a How…


Added by The Establishment on September 30, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

KNOW YOUR BLACK HISTORY: Slave Revolts Part 1 - Blacks and Native Americans: The Powerful Alliance You’ll Never Learn About in School

Consider what most of us know about slave revolts: that there were a few major slave revolts, like the Nat Turner revolt in 1830, which were quickly put down. I propose a different view: the Americas under a constant state of revolt or threat of slave revolt.  There were so many documented slave revolts that we need to picture slaveholders living in terror of revolts. They actually lived in constant fear of people they were supposedly “superior to” and “in control…


Added by The Establishment on September 28, 2015 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

OP-ED: An Open Letter to Kylie Jenner

Cultural appropriation refers to a particular power dynamic in which members of a dominant culture take elements from a culture of people who have been systematically oppressed by that dominant group. 

By KiNG, AFROPUNK Contributor



Added by The Establishment on September 25, 2015 at 5:45am — No Comments

FEATURE: Matt Damon "Whitesplains" Diversity To Successful Black Woman Filmmaker

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck's HBO show, 'Project Greenlight' (a show that gives new filmmakers the chance to make their first feature film), is now back for its fourth season. And on this season's premiere episode, Matt Damon graciously took it upon himself to "whitesplain" diversity to... a Black woman. Yes, a Black woman. That woman is experienced Hollywood filmmaker …


Added by The Establishment on September 17, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: WeMojis - The Black-Owned App That Is Bringing Diversity To The Emoji Keyboard

Check out the WeMojis app, the brainchild of two tech entrepreneurs/ brothers (and Howard University graduate). The CEO and Co-Founder, Trey Brown, states: "We are elated to finally introduce this culturally relevant set of emoticons to the world. While others have chased the concept of 'diverse…


Added by The Establishment on September 16, 2015 at 12:01pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Official Black Wall Street - A Digital Platform That Celebrates Black-Owned Businesses And Entrepreneurs

CLICK HERE to check out Official Black Wall Street - a digital platform and database that is bringing a spotlight to black-owned businesses, black entrepreneurs; and inspiring many in the black community to create their own businesses. The New York based organisation state, "Studies show that out of our $1.1 trillion buying power only 2% is invested in…


Added by The Establishment on September 15, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

KNOW YOUR BLACK HISTORY: A Terrible Compromise - When Black Americans became “three-fifths of a person”

Southern and slaveholding interests dominated the founding of our country. Twelve of the first 16 presidents owned slaves. Eight of these presidents owned slaves while they were acting as president.  Fifty of the first 82 years of the United States were governed by slaveholding presidents. At the 1787 Constitutional Convention, the issue was not whether to abolish the evil abomination of slavery in the newly founded United States, the issue of contention…


Added by The Establishment on September 15, 2015 at 5:56am — No Comments

FEATURE: Justice Trail - Ghanaian Musician Prohaize Is Running From Atlanta To New York To Fight Police Brutality

Atlanta noisemaker Edward Minta, better known by his stage name Prohaize, has announced his new civil rights campaign “Justice Trail.” Rapper Prohaize – who is best known for his popular song American Visa – will be running on foot from Atlanta to New York from September 23rd to October 24th. As the official campaign photographer for Justice Trail, I had to pen down an interview with Prohaize and lay out some of the details of to really show the world how incredible…


Added by The Establishment on September 8, 2015 at 7:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: "The Subtle Linguistics of Polite White Supremacy"

Check out writer Yawo Brown's must-read breakdown of white privilege and supremacy. Begining the essay (published via Medium), Brown writes: "Polite White Supremacy is the notion that whites should remain the ruling class while denying that they are the ruling class, politely. Affectionately, it’s called ‪#‎PWS‬ for short. It has been referred to as the Casual American…


Added by The Establishment on September 7, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

OP-ED: Reflections about Trans Deaths, White Privilege

On the 21st of August, The New York Times published an op-ed, 'Trans Deaths, White Privilege', written by Jennifer Finney Boylan. It was a strategically precise, cold and calculated exposé highlighting the cruel essence of white privilege in a day and age where select trans women find a more welcoming…


Added by The Establishment on September 7, 2015 at 6:28am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Drinking words at Chez Philo, the only bar owned by an African woman in Tel Aviv

Two steps away from Levinsky square, in Tel-Aviv (Israel), you’ll find a spot like no other. Amid the bustling streets of the city’s most mixed neighborhood, Maman Philomene’s bar is a refuge for the non-Jew Africans and all those in love with French-speaking Africa. The manager was the very first Congolese to emigrate in Israel, some twenty-six years ago. It’s a place I wish to share with…


Added by The Establishment on September 1, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

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…


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:…


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…


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…


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 …


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…


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.



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

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