Breaking The Silence


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BREAKING THE SILENCE COMES TO OAKLAND A NATIONAL TOWN HALL ON GIRLS & WOMEN* OF COLOR *Girls and women of color from across Oakland meet to share their stories and experiences with local decision-makers. (February 15, 2016: Oakland, Calif.) On Saturday. February 27, 2016 at Impact HUB Oakland, 2323 Broadway St., Oakland,…

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A Mixtape for Change Vol. II

  On the cusp of a media frenzy surrounding Beyonce’s formation and Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy performance, we’re here to remind you that the product of their music – the critique, the conversation, and the unabashed honesty praising all things Black – is nothing new. And it remains immensely powerful. Whether orchestrated for commercial success or as a reflection of…

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Black votes matter

By Sean Darling Hammond | February 24, 2016 Black, White, Republican, and Democratic voters know and care about issues affecting the Black community more than ever before. In this unique election, candidates from both parties can’t afford to ignore these issues. This election cycle is unlike any other in American history. Black people have experienced…

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How Many Februarys Will It Take for America to Believe Black Children Are the Future, Too?

By Ikhlas Saleem This post originally appeared at In 1986 Whitney Houston covered the George Benson hit, The Greatest Love of All, which he originally recorded for a film biography of Muhammad Ali. Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote that Houston’s cover gave the “message of self-worth an astounding resonance and conviction…a compelling assertion of black pride, family…

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HJAAP Politics of Black Space

The Politics of Black Space – Deadline: March 1st

The Politics of Black Space, the 22nd edition of the Harvard Journal of African American Public Policy, illuminates the intricacies of establishing and promoting Blackness within the arts, activist, and academic realms. Motivated by student movements that seek to “reclaim the space,” the issue welcomes submissions pertaining to the creation, disruption and sustainment of Blackness…

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A mixtape for change

Only days before the February 1st beginning of Black History/African-Heritage/Black Future month, the internet– or should I say black Twitter, erupted in fiery chatter when it was revealed that not all black people agree on its necessity. Why dedicate an entire month to celebrating the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to the world? Rather than entertain…

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I Grew Up in Flint. Here’s Why Governor Synder Must Resign.

BY ART REYES III    January 27, 2016 This post originally appeared at Growing up in a slew of apartment complexes and trailer parks in and around Flint, Michigan, I developed a peculiar habit. I would stand on the linoleum floor of our kitchen with the telephone pressed against my face, counting. I was counting how long it…

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I think we can all agree that 2015 has been a crazy year for the black community. Yet through it all, we’ve stayed strong, resilient and steadfast (like always) in wanting better for our people. Still, to say it’s been anything other than difficult would be a mischaracterization. From frustratingly agonizing incidents of police brutality;…

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Derecka Purnell on Royall Must Fall


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