Tag: community issues

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

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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

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Are you “Woke” or still “Sleep”??

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

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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

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Time to invest in Community

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

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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

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How the media reinforces mental slavery

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

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Our country needs a True Revolutionary Leader

I believe one of the most important traits of an effective revolutionary leader is emotional intelligence.  Emotional intelligence is simply the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and the emotions of others. It’s amazing, in this hyper-social and “connected” world, how few people actually exhibit emotional intelligence. And if one lacks emotional intelligence, how

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