The Language of Racism in Brazil

On any given day, there are about 100 topics about which to write on the subject of racism in the US. But what about racism around the world? How do racial hatred, prejudice, and injustice manifest themselves in other countries? In this article I will skim the surface of Brazilian racism, since that is where … Continue reading The Language of Racism in Brazil

Dove – What’s In A Name?

I've flipped open my laptop screen today to write about a brand of soap that has been causing considerable offense lately. Twitter has had a lot to say about Dove and their advertising campaigns:       This wouldn't be the first time a major beauty brand fumbles when it comes to racial representation (see … Continue reading Dove – What’s In A Name?

An Alphabetical Guide to What White People Mean When They Say …

    A - Articulate "Usually you don't find Black people as articulate and well-spoken as you are." Meaning - I'm impressed that you speak English the same way I do. Usually Black people speak with those funny ghetto accents. But you sound really educated and upper class.    B - Black-on-Black "What about Black-on-Black … Continue reading An Alphabetical Guide to What White People Mean When They Say …

In Defense of the Natural Hair Movement

Recently I read an article posted on BET that declared “Guess what? There’s no such thing as natural hair”, and I didn’t know how to feel.The article argued that instead of dying for the perfect straightness, we are now just dying for the perfect curl, essentially trading one set of beauty ideals for another. It … Continue reading In Defense of the Natural Hair Movement

To be black in South Africa

I wear the color of my skin like armor. Like a knight caught in constant battle, I fight not only for my individualism, but for recognition as a human being every day. People all over the world say that they are tired of hearing about the struggles of black people; they’re tired of hearing about … Continue reading To be black in South Africa

Guy robs bank…Guess what happens next

A thief walks into a bank. He goes up to the teller, hands her a piece of paper on which he’s scrawled “I have a gun, give me your cash.” The teller immediately gives him approximately $3000USD in cash. The thief then strolls over to a seat in the lobby and engages the security guard … Continue reading Guy robs bank…Guess what happens next

The Nuances of the N word

Part 1 - For White People Part 2 - For Black People (coming soon!) (Yes you can read both. This ain’t apartheid South Africa. )   PART 1 While waiting for the train in the small town of Sete, Southern France, I broke into song, as I tend to do sometimes. “I see you driving … Continue reading The Nuances of the N word

The Story of America through James Baldwin’s eyes

“God forgives murder and he forgives adultery, but he is very angry and he actually curses all who do integrate.” Uttered by a representative of the well-meaning white women of the post-racial 1950’s America concerning the abomination of desegregation. I am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, narrated by Samuel Jackson, combines such salient … Continue reading The Story of America through James Baldwin’s eyes

What’s in a Name?

Welcome to the 21st century, where the institution of White Supremacy has effectively dominated the majority of the global population and is evident in the distribution of wealth, power, justice and general quality of life. The Western Empires, after pillaging entire continents and decimating entire peoples, now reap the fruits of their ancestors’ labor, wielding … Continue reading What’s in a Name?