When I was pregnant, many of my friends told me how wonderful it is to breastfeed your child. Constantly referring it to “liquid gold” and its endless health benefits. But when the time came, I felt tremendous anxiety. I had so many questions that I ultimately found myself sharing my struggles with my friends, upon which they responded with answers and encouragement.
The award-winning documentary Black and Cuba is now available for streaming. The film follows street smart students who are outcast at their elite university, band together and adventure to Cuba, whose population is 60% Black. Black and Cuba’s release comes on the heels of President Obama’s announcement that the US will thaw relations with Cuba and ease travel restrictions to the island. See the film and see Cuba for yourself. This weekend only, the filmmakers are offering a limited number of 10% discounts to subscribers in order to express their gratitude for your support. Go to Vimeo on Demand and use the promo code SHAKUR15.
Out in the Night is Director Blair Dorosh-Walther’s first feature documentary (74 min), which reveals the story of “The New Jersey Four”—Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Renata Hill and Patreese Johnson—from their perspective. Click here to watch the trailer.
On August 18, 2006, these four women, along with three friends, left their homes in Newark for a girls’ night out in New York City’s West Village. All seven women are African American, non-gender conforming, and (at that time) in their teens and twenties. In Newark, where they lived, threats of (and sometimes actual) violence prompted by homophobia were commonplace. On their night out, the friends looked forward to enjoying an evening together in New York’s gay-friendly neighborhood, where they could “be themselves.”
Nothing ruins your day more than flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror and few moments are as stressful as police encounters. The fear of police in poor neighborhoods of color is real. Not only are Black communities fearful of the very people meant to protect them, but they are also disproportionately harassed and killed by police officers of all races. In Boston, for instance, nearly two-thirds of those stopped and searched by the police between 2007 and 2010 were Blacks, even though they make up only about 25% of the city’s population.
So, what can we do as individuals to reduce the risk of being harassed? Believe it or not, knowing your rights can significantly impact the outcome of your next brush in with the law. Progressive Pupil has put together a fun and interactive video to remind you of your rights and keep you safe. Check out our KnowYourRights video on the Progress TV channel.
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In her Ted Talk, Mellody Hobson, a Financial Executive, discusses her stance on colorblindness. She opens the Ted Talk by acknowledging that race in our country is an uncomfortable subject. However, by using her personal experiences as a successful Black women in a field dominated by White men, she provides compelling arguments as to why we should no longer be colorblind, but start the conversation of race in the workplace.
The Rolling Jubilee initiative was founded by Strike Debt, a debt resistance movement established after the rise of the Occupy Wall Street campaign. Strike Debt stood for the 99% and against the 1%. The Rolling Jubilee is here to help individuals get out of debt. Ironically, Rolling Jubilee incorporates Wall Street strategies into their own work: different types of debt is bought then sold on the secondary market for pennies on the dollar. The difference is, however, this bailout is for the people.
For the first time in 20 years, New York City put a democrat in Gracie Mansion, and not just any democrat, but a democrat with a Black son and a Black daughter. Bill De Blasio, elected last fall, is married to Chirlane McCray, a Black woman who, as was often referenced during the campaign, “used to be a lesbian.” This was the most people heard about her. As with any American political race, the personal life of De Blasio, which includes his interracial marriage and Black son and daughter, was front and center. De Blasio was even criticized by his predecessor Mike “moneybags” Bloomberg who claimed that he was using his family as a tool for the campaign. However, so what? So what if someone sensitive to issues of gender, class, and race is elected to a position of power? De Blasio’s appointment is not monumental because of his relationship. It is important because of his relation to the people who are so often mis-, under- or not represented in the realm of NYC politics.
Which came first, school cops or school violence? It can be argued that school cops are a response to student violence. However, it can also be argued that student violence is a result of school cop presence. This debate is a very controversial issue at the moment and is extremely relevant to our schools today.
One of the earliest records of a school shooting took place in the 1760’s in Pennsylvania. A group of four Native Americans shot their teacher and nine other classmates in their small schoolhouse. Only three children survived. Fast forward to the later-half of the 19th century. From 1900-1980, there were around 130 school shootings. However, during the 1980’s, Zero Tolerance policies were applied to student’s behavior after heightened concern over youth violence. The “school safety” division of many large cities’ police departments began to grow, creating a criminalization of student conduct. Since 1980-2014, there have been around 230 school shootings. This number has almost doubled from 130 shootings, but in less than half the time.
When I first saw the Cheerios commercial a few weeks ago, I immediately jumped off my couch and almost grabbed a napkin as my eyes started to tear, but why? Maybe it was because this was one of the first times America has seen an interracial family in a commercial during a nationally televised event. Most of you have seen the commercial and if you haven’t, check it out above. The reactions to the commercials have been from one extreme to the other – from enthusiastic and elated to downright racist.
As a New York City resident for the past ten years, I’ve become familiar with City Harvest through initiatives such as its “brown bag” direct mail campaign or signs in restaurants, such as Le Pain Quotidien, announcing that leftover food will be donated to City Harvest’s food rescue program. According to its website, City Harvest, a 32 year-old food rescue nonprofit, is the “largest publicly supported hunger relief organization in NYC, helping feed more than 1.4 million people who face hunger each year.”