Black Girls Deserve Safety and Compassion, Not Criminalization

Since 2015, the safety and security of Black girls on school campuses remain in jeopardy.  In 2012 alone, Black girls were suspended six times more than white girls in public schools across the country, according to a report from the African American Policy Forum. Additionally, girls and non-binary youth who are suspended face a significantly greater likelihood of pushout, where youth are pushed out of the school system.

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It’s Time for More Body Diversity on Reality Shows and Beyond

From The Bachelor to Married at First Sight, reality dating shows constantly give us the same premise: thin, conventionally attractive people looking for love. These shows often lack racial diversity, with most if not all the cast members being white. But there is also a lack of size diversity as well that is hard to ignore.

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We Need to Talk About Cosby: Breaking Through the Noise of Rape Culture

Last week, We Need to Talk About Cosby, a revelatory four-part docuseries, debuted on Showtime. It is the latest in a series of film and television projects to take on rape culture… The documentary does the important and difficult work of explaining Bill Cosby’s notable contributions to art and media without shying away from the truth we know about Cosby now: that he is a serial rapist and predator whose abuses span decades.

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A Look Back at Representation in 2020: 8 Ways Black Hair Matters

Closeup of Black Hair Texture

Today, Black women are loving their hair unapologetically. We are creating and buying our own products from brands made “By and for Us.” Black hair is a story of resilience and the story has continued as a key topic of conversation throughout 2020. Yes, our twist outs, fros and low cuts are taking center stage as a representation of independence and strength. And yet, centuries of race-based hair discrimination has sparked the saying, “Black hair is not just hair.” Why?

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MCNP: Children of Incarcerated Parents

My Colorful Nana Project Incarceration

Founder of We Got Us Now, Ebony Underwood, shares the ways in which mass incarceration continues to be ignored throughout American history and how this topic intersects with the significance of Black hair.

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How To Effect Change Through The Political System

BIPOC Protestors

In wake of the killings of Jacob Blake, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Ahmaud Aubrey, George Floyd and many other Black people killed by police, America is at its tipping point. It is totally normal to wonder how greatly our voices can shine in the midst of all this violence and a global pandemic. This country has been faced with generation after generation of racial, economic and social inequalities, so, how can we effectively improve the health of our society when faced with so many long-standing obstacles?

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