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”
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
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!
What does it mean to be "Woke"? This term has seen a resurgence recently and become, in my opinion, quite trendy. What the general public now knows as "Woke", was at one time referred to as "conscious," and it's existed in the collective Black community for a very long time. It seems to be one … Continue reading Are you “Woke” or still “Sleep”??
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Activism has always been the driving force of change...
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
Here we are, 2016 and in too many ways not enough has changed when we look at society and the state of our communities. When I turn on the news, I see headline after headline about death- someone got shot, whether it be by the police or civilian, assaulted, robbed, stabbed, civil rights being violated every … Continue reading Time to invest in Community
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”
In this day and age, mental slavery is much more than just a term. It's a psychological warfare tool that the media utilizes (in the programming that we are exposed to on a 24/7 basis), to manipulate the minds of targeted populations. Think about the significant role the media plays in entertaining, informing, and even instilling … Continue reading How the media reinforces mental slavery