My thoughts on “Colorism”

It's sad that we're almost at the end of 2018, and yet this issue of "light-skinned" vs "dark-skinned" is still alive and thriving. So much so that the ridiculous concept has been given a name. "Colorism".  Alice Walker first coined this phrase in her 1983 book, "In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens" , where she defined … Continue reading My thoughts on “Colorism”

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Why we need more Quality Female Role Models

Role model: A role model or mentor is a person who demonstrates a particular behavior, skill, or social role for another person to emulate. Role models might emerge because of character and conduct or because of particular skills and talents. Modelling ourselves on others is part of human nature, and we all subconsciously take in the … Continue reading Why we need more Quality Female Role Models

Support Oakland’s 1st LGBTQ Community Center!

  As amazing as it sounds, Oakland has never had its own LGBTQ center. This is the first in the city's history, and the two founders are Joe Hawkins and Jeff Meyers, two amazingly dedicated and dynamic individuals who are wholeheartedly committed to enhancing and sustaining the well-being of Oakland’s LGBTQ individuals, our families and allies. They … Continue reading Support Oakland’s 1st LGBTQ Community Center!

Why silence fuels Oppression and aids the Oppressor

Oppression: The exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner. Oppression in essence is the experience of repeated, widespread, systemic injustice. At times it's extreme and violent and other times it's subtle and if you have not experienced it or prefer to walk through life with blinders on, you may miss … Continue reading Why silence fuels Oppression and aids the Oppressor

It’s time for “Real Talk”

Institutional racism, racial profiling, classism, gender and sexual orientation discrimination, colorism- these are  all constructed, yet irrefutable and substantive social issues that continue to follow us, from one generation to the next, with no apparent resolution or end in sight. And the thing is, not many people are willing to really talk about them. And when … Continue reading It’s time for “Real Talk”