Black Women- Backbone, Heart and Soul

By Gary Hardie Black women didn’t just start coming to the rescue in 2017, saving US Senate races. They have a long-standing history of being the backbone, heart, and soul of movements, revolutions, and shaping history. The cliché, “Behind every successful man is a strong woman,” could not be more accurate for black women. We don’t have to travel far through history to find examples of this. Michelle Obama was the most… Read More

Donald Trump Is Proof That White Kids Need More Black History

By Justin Cohen Was it only just one year ago that we learned President Donald Trump didn’t really have any idea who Frederick Douglass was? After making comments at a Black History Month celebration, the contents of which suggested he thought Douglass might still be alive, the internet’s condemnation was swift. David A. Graham of The Atlantic was direct, if diplomatic, when he pointed out that, “Trump’s comments point to the superficiality… Read More

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Muhiyidin d’Baha: Leap of Justice

There is no doubt that activism in modern society has changed. But there is also no doubt that we are in pressing need of those individuals and groups that are more than willing to stand up for our collective rights and lend their voice, charisma and dedication to the many issues that we are facing on a daily basis. Today’s issues come in a wide array of topics and subjects that cross… Read More

From Foster Youth to Olympian

By Gary Hardie Of the 400,000 foster youth in the United States, only 3% of them earn a bachelor’s degree; this is alarming when compared to the general population of youth among whom 30% earn bachelor’s degrees. So few go on to obtain degrees because they lack one key ingredient, the opportunity to do so as this usually derives from family support. Olympic Gold medalist and gymnast, Simone Biles was thrust into… Read More

Honoring the Children Who Make It Mardi Gras in ‘The Whole Gritty City’

Mardi Gras parades are fun because of the floats and the throws, the barbeques and the family gatherings, and the excitement of the crowd, but what makes it truly special is the children.  There is nothing more joyful than the dozens of little faces marching in lines with musical instruments to their mouths, looking so focused and proud. Some of them barely reach waist-high, but each one still walks with a chin… Read More

For the Least of These

By Tanzi Barbour Black History Month is more than just a reason for us to pause and celebrate those that have come before us. I believe it’s also a time for us to do a pulse check so we can understand where we are in the world, how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. And if we’re taking the pulse right now, I’d say the patient isn’t… Read More

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