What I Did When I Heard My Boss Say Something Racist

During the summer going into my junior year in college at Jackson State University, I took a job at a jewelry store in downtown Jackson, Miss. On the day I was hired, I remember the owner’s grandson, who gave me the job, said while smirking: “Grandmother will have a fit when she sees you.” And […]

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A Message to Youth: Never Let An Adult Crush Your Dreams

Kids are sponges. They absorb everything—good and bad. You never know how your words will influence their actions or even change the course of their lives. At the end of the first episode of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s show, Cosmos, he talks about how Carl Sagan, American astronomer and author, influenced him as a 17-year-old. He […]

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Parent, Youth & Teacher Advocates Fight To End Unjust School Suspensions

When Marlyn Tillman’s son got caught up in questionable disciplinary actions at his Georgia school more than seven years ago, she co-founded Gwinnett SToPP, an organization fighting to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in the Gwinnett County School District. On Monday, Tillman and many other parent, student and teacher activists across the country traveled to Capitol […]

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What Happens When Just Being Black Is Threatening

‘This jail is full of blacks and they all act like thugs.… This may sound a bit radical, but if more people would arm themselves and kill these fucking idiots when they’re threatening you, eventually they may take the hint and change their behavior.” Michael Dunn wrote those words as he sat in jail during […]

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Alice Walker: Inside the Mind of a Master

Last night I watched the biographical documentary on Alice Walker, one of my top five favorite writers. If you ever wanted to know the thought-process of a prolific writer like her, then I suggest that you do the same. Walker is misunderstood–from her controversial book topics, her sexual partners, to her relationship with her daughter, […]

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For Black Youth in America, There Are No Second Chances

When I turned 19-years-old, I was a sophomore at Jackson State University. Still reeling from the death of my boyfriend, Ade two months prior, I was trying to rebuild the shambles of what was left of my grade point average. My first year in college was a disaster. During my freshman year, which began when […]

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People With Lung Cancer Don’t Deserve to Die

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month. But you wouldn’t know it. NFL players aren’t wearing pearly-white shoes (the official color) in November during games. There are no celebrities doing public service announcements bringing awareness to the disease. Major corporations aren’t donating large portions of its sales to lung cancer research. Filmmakers aren’t documenting the stories […]

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If First You Don’t Succeed…

The last time I read from a teleprompter I was 17 years old and a week into college. I was in my Introduction to Broadcasting class and the professor had each of the students read from a teleprompter. She had a camera pointed at us as we spoke and the students could view it live. […]

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If You’re Black in America, Seeking Help Can Get You Killed

A human life isn’t worth much these days. Even when you’re in your most vulnerable state trying to seek help, there is a chance you could end up dead. That’s exactly what happened to 19-year-old Renisha McBride of Detroit. After getting into a car accident in Dearborn, MI at 2:30 am, she knocked on someone’s […]

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