#Black People

MusicFast Company

Before Black, queer artists were mainstream, there was Qaadir Howard

Fast Company is doing a series of profiles featuring up-and-coming content creators across social media to get an inside look at the highs and lows of the Creator Economy. No one has quite known what to do with Qaadir Howard. The Atlanta-based creative first attracted a following on YouTube mainly...
Ingham County, MIPosted by
Jackson Citizen Patriot

New traffic stop policy aims to curb racial bias, but police association says it will put people at risk

A new traffic policy meant to address systemic racial bias in the criminal justice system is raising concern for a Michigan police association. On Tuesday, July 27, Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon announced that her office will no longer pursue certain criminal charges resulting from non-public safety traffic stops. She said this policy change meets a need to reexamine and reconsider how policing practices can perpetuate racial injustice.
Family RelationshipsPosted by

Nothing Along My Journey to Become an Adoptive Dad Was as Simple as Black or White

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a dad. Raggedy as they may have been, Ann and Andy were under my charge and were well taken care of. And with a few years of adolescence under my belt and fully indoctrinated in 1970s afternoon TV, my play took on a more nuanced family style. If the Brady’s and the Ricardo’s could take cross country road trips, surely my Weebles could take imaginary jaunts to the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, and some incredible Frank Lloyd Wright homes along the Great Allegheny Passage. Even as a very young kid, I knew that I had what it took to be a great father.
Minneapolis, MNmspmag.com

Sustaining Black-Owned Businesses in the Twin Cities

Founder of Minneapolis-based Black Business Enterprises (BBE) Nancy Korsah doesn't mince words in describing the support for Black businesses in the long months after George Floyd's murder. "Ninety-two percent of our allies abandoned us. They were there when it was hot, but well… 'We did our part,'" she says. Other...

A People’s History of Black Twitter, Part III

By the end of the Obama era, Black Twitter seemed like a fully realized world, with its own codes and customs. As it reached new levels of visibility and influence, though, deep-rooted problems began to reassert themselves. Users were hardly surprised. Sarah J. Jackson, coauthor of #Hashtag Activism: Networks of...
Theater & DanceVulture

Redemption, Now on Broadway

At the first rehearsal for what will be the first play to open on Broadway since the start of the pandemic, the team members of Pass Over are gathered in a midtown dance studio psyching themselves up. Director Danya Taymor kicks things off with a speech: It’s been three years since the Off Broadway run, and many of them are returning from that production. They’ve always done the play in the summer, she points out, and always during the NBA Finals. “So we’re right in the pocket,” she says. “This project always attracts what it needs and always gives us just enough time to do it.”
SocietyVanity Fair

“I See My Work as Talking Back”: How Critical Race Theory Mastermind Kimberlé Crenshaw Is Weathering the Culture Wars

Kimberlé Crenshaw is tucked in her UCLA office with ceiling-high shelves. Behind her, two men enter the frame of our video call and bend and lift, packing stacks of books. “I’m moving offices,” she explains. “To one with a view of the lawn.” Crenshaw triaged her packed schedule to speak with me; she’s been in even higher demand than usual. She’s receiving, and declining, media hits left and right, mostly because she’s working on three books, all set to be released by May 2022. She’s a law professor at Columbia University and UCLA. She finds time to run the African American Policy Forum, the social justice think tank she cofounded 25 years ago, and to host a podcast on a term she coined in 1989: intersectionality. All this as Conservatives from Fox News’s Tucker Carlson to Texas senator Ted Cruz melt down over another academic framework she helped mint more than 30 years ago—critical race theory—landing her at the roiling center of the culture wars.
SocietyNBC News

Why most Black office workers are dreading the return to offices

The anxiety that engulfed Sandra McPherson surprised her. After working from home for more than a year because of the pandemic, she received an email notifying her an office-return date had been set, and, in an instant, she said she “felt tense. It was immediate. I had felt like that before — when I was about to skydive in Arizona.”
Savannah, GASavannah Morning News

Racism impedes unity; we must respect, embrace our cultural differences

The United States was never actually a melting pot. What were we supposed to melt into? Instead, we are more like a salad bowl with each ingredient maintaining its unique color, texture and taste while contributing equally to the quality of the salad: the green, crunchy cucumber, the juicy red tomato, the flavorful brown mushroom, the bright orange carrot, the tasty cheese, and the crisp crouton. The lettuce or leafy greens are the foundation. The salad dressing touches each ingredient to create a mouthwatering symphony. Every ingredient is important. A salad with only lettuce is, well… boring. The U.S. is a salad bowl of cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, belief systems, etc. Our citizenship is the salad dressing that binds us together.
Hair Caretheface.com

Cyndia Harvey: ​“Joy is seeing Black people receiving their flowers”

Cyndia Harvey is one of the most exciting hair stylists of her generation, having worked with world-famous names such as FKA twigs, Naomi Campbell and Frank Ocean. So it comes as no surprise that, last week, the 34-year old was named as a finalist for the British Fashion Council’s Changemaker Prize (in partnership with Swarovski) for championing the underrepresented through more inclusive beauty in editorials, campaigns and films.
Maryland StatePosted by
The Baltimore Sun

Experts say Maryland requirements for teaching history are ‘balanced.’ But parents are challenging what they call ‘critical race theory.’

Maryland’s standards for teaching U.S. history and civics are considered by experts to be balanced and of high quality, but some Baltimore-area school districts are being pulled into the polarized national debate over how the country’s racial history is taught. In Carroll County, the school board recently voted to say it wants a “politically neutral” curriculum, while Harford County’s school ...
SocietyPosted by
Daily Mail

Biracial Harvard-educated doctor claims hospital DEMOTED her for opposing plans to have only black staff treat black patients in wake of George Floyd murder

A Harvard-educated biracial physician was removed as head of the OB/GYN department of a Minneapolis hospital after she opposed offering patients ‘segregated care based on race’, it’s been alleged. Dr. Tara Gustilo filed a discrimination complaint against Hennepin Healthcare System in June saying she was demoted for criticizing the Black...