On Being Black in America Amid Current Events

Featured Image: Hollie Adams for Teen Vogue Living while Black. That was the only crime many Black men committed before being brutally murdered by law enforcement. But wearing the skin they’re in isn’t a crime, unless you live in the US, a country built on racial oppression and genocide. See, we call ourselves the United…

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Ava DuVernay’s “13th” Explained

Directed by Ava DuVernay, 13th is a documentary that explores the thirteenth amendment of the constitution. This 1965 amendment abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime. DuVernay’s film examines how Black US citizens are still discriminated against through mass incarceration. Garnering many positive reviews by film critics, 13th received high praise, even earning an…

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The Problem with Performative Activism

Featured Image: University Press On June 2, many awoke to black squares partnered with #BlackoutTuesday flooding their Instagram feeds. These posts came at the heels of George Floyd’s death, one of the many Black individuals to die at the hands of police brutality. The trend was created by two music executives Jamila Thomas and Brianna Agyemang in “observance of the long-standing racism and inequality that exists from the boardroom to the Boulevard”,…

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The Black Lives Matter Movement Isn’t a Trend

Featured Artwork: Adrian Brandon On May 25th, 2020: George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, an innocent Black man suffocated for more than seven minutes by the pressure of Officer Derek Chauvin’s knee pressing onto his throat. Mr. Floyd begged for air, repeatedly calling out, “I can’t breathe.” Let it be known that Mr. Floyd’s…

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Having Pride in #BlackLivesMatter

Featured Artwork: Damian Alexander The Black Lives Matter movement is not new, but this is the largest it has ever been. In the last few days, all fifty states and an additional 18 countries took part in protests to demand justice for George Floyd, who was killed by a police officer. Additional demands for justice…

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Colourism and Racism from the Perspective of a South-Asian

Featured Artwork: Ojo Agi Lupita Nyong’o once famously said, “Colourism is the daughter of racism.” Why is it relevant, you ask? Being a South-Asian brown girl living in a third-world country, colourism is something I have faced for most of my life. “You have a dirty skin-‘moyla’” is what they call it in Bangla. “You…

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Justice in June: Open-Source Lessons on Becoming an Active Ally

created by Bryanna Wallace & Autumn Gupta   Choose how much time you have each day to become more informed as step one to becoming an active ally to the black community. On this document are links to the learning resources and a schedule of what to do each day. Click on the following to…

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Tired of Feeling Tired – #BLM

Featured Artwork: Sacrée Frangine This is a stream of consciousness that is based on events from the past couple of days. Writing serves as a catharsis for me, and I hope that others can resonate with these thoughts, and feel safe about the things they have been going through recently.  . . . About two…

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