In her latest contribution to Medium, our Creative Director Dr. Robin J. Hayes shares how we can transform our frustrations with reason into political power after the debacle of the Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. Click the photo below for the story. Photos courtesy Christopher Jones/Gothamist.
Progressive Pupil announces its slate of prize-winning programming that promotes equality, diversity, and inclusion for the 2018-2019 academic year. Tackling timely issues ranging from mass incarceration to microaggressions, gender identity to first generation college grads, these cutting-edge workshops, trainings, screenings, and performances help campuses and organizations constructively engage in a variety of difficult dialogues. Each program has been curated by Dr. Robin J. Hayes, an Ivy League trained and internationally recognized scholar, and can be tailored to your organization’s needs.
Scroll through the catalogue here or download it below.
Many of us women, people of color, and members of the LGBT+ community dread these first few days of the new year. The prospect of returning to campuses, nonprofits or companies where we are isolated, harassed, and blocked from success can be disheartening. In my own life, discrimination fanned the flames of doubt and shame I internalized through living in a society where I rarely saw anyone who looked like me-or loved like me-enjoy professional success.
If you’re steeling yourself against microaggressions, mansplaining, or other inappropriate discriminatory behavior, remember two things.
1. It’s Not You.
Discrimination is not something you can prevent with professional excellence, code switching expertise, or fitting into racial or gendered norms of behavior. It is driven solely by perpetrators’ allegiance to White supremacist, sexist and/or homophobic beliefs. (Whether that allegiance is subconscious is not your concern). Discrimination is illegal precisely because it has nothing to do with your actions.
2. You Are Not Alone.
Chances are you are not the only person at your campus or organization that desires a more inclusive atmosphere. To the extent that your feedback is solicited or you have decision-making authority about diversity-related programs, suggesting more trainings and cultural events might jumpstart the constructive conversations about equality and inclusion your organization needs.
I am hopeful for progress. The more we speak up, the swifter change will come. Happy New Year.
Today director Ryan Coogler and Marvel Studios dropped another edge-snatching preview of the most anticipated superhero film in the diaspora’s history. It seems Coogler’s visionary film crew and talented cast (which includes Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett) are channeling Parliament Funkadelic and Sun Ra with a side of LaBelle. The trailer’s soundtrack draws from the Godfather of hip hop, Gil Scott-Heron, and his everlasting track The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.
Black Panther arrives in theaters Black History Month 2018.
The pioneering LGBT magazine The Advocate called 9 GRAMS “heartfelt and often humorous” in a glowing review of the play that appears in both its print and online publications. Writer David Artavia explains playwright Maisha Yearwood “has written a brutally honest and poignant one-woman play…putting on full display the ugly truth of what it means to be a targeted Black lesbian American traveling and living abroad.” Peep the full review here.
Go to 9GRAMS.com more information about the next performance of 9 GRAMS.
Eminem offered President Trump a thorough read in a freestyle recorded for the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards called “The Storm.”
After going in on how Trump has fanned the flames of the national anthem controversy…
But this is his form of distraction
Plus, he gets an enormous reaction
When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that in
-stead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada
All these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather
Cause a Twitter storm with the Packers
The most acclaimed White rapper of all time concluded with:
‘Cause like him in politics, I’m using all of his tricks
‘Cause I’m throwin’ that piece of shit against the wall ’til it sticks
And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his
I’m drawing in the sand a line: you’re either for or against
And if you can’t decide who you like more and you’re split
On who you should stand beside, I’ll do it for you with this:
Ending with a Beyoncé classic middle finger up.
Since he burst into hip hop with the classic single “Slim Shady,” Eminem has received a lot of blowback from the culture about how his Whiteness allowed him to crossover to the mainstream and stay there despite homophobic and misogynistic lyrics. All while Black rappers were (rightly) excoriated for the same actions.
Pupils, in light of (pun intended) Eminem’s enjoyment of White Privilege is his Trump rant woke or broke?
See the full performance below.
Discover Progressive Pupil’s diversity workshops, documentary screenings and other engaging programs for your campus, nonprofit or corporation here.
Progressive Pupil announces its programming line up for the 2017-2018 academic year. With the award-winning documentary Black and Cuba, prize-winning one-woman show 9 GRAMS (recently featured in The Advocate) and always thought provoking workshop Coping With Microaggressions; our programs contribute to learning at universities, nonprofits and corporations throughout the US and abroad.
It is so easy to focus on the negative right now. To endlessly repeat in our minds everything that is wrong, wrong, wrong about White supremacy, fascism and the deplorable people who hold those ideals dear. It has taken me a minute to quiet my own mind and gain some clarity.
The good news is- as Nobel laureate Toni Morrison pointed out-this outbreak of hate is the quaking desperation of people who are losing. Losing ground. Losing support. Losing power. Even with champions in The White House.
The most important thing we can do now is to raise the already swelling tide of opposition to this latest iteration of fascism. A simple way to help is to invigorate dialogues in our communities that promote equality. Events such as diversity trainings or timely programs for Latino Heritage Month are proven to build compassion and acceptance.
Enjoy music from and connected to the award-winning film Black and Cuba on Spotify. Featuring iconic musicians from throughout the Diaspora, including Celia Cruz and the Fania All-Stars, Abbey Lincoln, and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Happy Black Music Month!
See 9 GRAMS playwright Maisha Yearwood explain how to survive solitary confinement. She'll be performing her funny award-winning show at the My True Colors Festival in Brooklyn June 23-25, 2017. Happy Pride!