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Black Women

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Two years ago on my birthday, Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, signed the Safe Spaces Act, a framework for penalizing sexual harassment. The Technical Drafting Committee and the Philippine Commission on Women were charged with transforming that loose framework into a specific legislative code.

Five days ago, that code…


If you start practicing now, you can probably eliminate these words from your vocabulary by Black History Month

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Statistically speaking, about 75% of White people don’t even have a Black friend, but on the off chance that you are one of the White people who do, I have a message for you from your (one) Black friend: Do better.

In her New York Times bestselling book White Fragility…


Racism

The FBI got some splainin’ to do. . .

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Reading Allison Gaines’ article, Do You Hate White People? reminded me of how uninformed the general public is about domestic terrorism in the United States. Allison’s article mentions “the growing threat of domestic terrorismcentered around confronting white supremacy.”

We don’t…


Feminism

It was always going to end this way

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Snitches get riches in Texas nowadays. The Lone Star state’s new anti-reproductive freedom act empowers friends, neighbors and co-workers to sue anyone that “induces…aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion.”

The actual person receiving the abortion can’t be sued. But the doctor who performed it, the would-be…


History

Reflecting on the end of an era

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I was dancing barefoot in the living room. School started in two days, so I was putting together outfits and giving my mother the obligatory annual back-to-school fashion show. Here I am, giving my best RuPaul to the tune of Everybody Dance Now…


Poetry

In admiration of the unnamed woman with rollers from Cleveland

Image courtesy of Cleveland Magazine

Who all gon’ be there?

You went to hear Martin speak with your rollers in
tell me what kinda confidence you rolling in? …


Race In America

You can’t solve a problem you can’t see.

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Nikole Hannah Jones is already spitting fire — and I haven’t had my first cup of coffee. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and creator of The 1619 Project took to the interwebs to explain how colorblindness has been historically weaponized for the benefit of white supremacy.

Not all heroes wear capes.


Poetry

A tanka of thanks

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Cold sweat adorning
glorious green, red and white
No, not ginger beer
a kinder, gentler cousin
Oh healer of menstrual woes

Tanka is a form of Japanese poetry where 31 syllables are arranged into a 5/7/5/7/7 grouping. …


BlackHistory365

Harry Clay Smith’s legacy lives on in Cleveland

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On August 25, 1883, Harry Clay Smith, John F. Lightfoot, John Holmes, and James H. Jackson started a Negro newspaper called the Cleveland Gazette. It became one of the longest-running Black papers in the United States.

Within five years, Harry C. Smith bought out all of his partners, becoming the…


Poetry

Senryu, Haiku, you too?

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Gravity: A Senryu

As you age, you shrink
bones razed by love, death, taxes
or plain gravity

Gravity: A Haiku

Mass attracting mass
gravitational constants
come back down to Earth.

Responding to The Brain is a Noodle prompt: Gravity. Do you think about it? Does it affect your day to…

Ajah Hales

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