- #BlackBoyJoy: Hazim Hardeman, 1st Rhodes Scholar from Temple University. Hardeman grew up at 23rd and Diamond, just blocks from Temple’s campus. The university always seemed like “another world.” He dreamed of crossing the barrier. Link to Article: http://www.philly.com/philly/education/temple-gets-its-first-rhodes-scholar-a-north-philly-kid-20171119.html
- #BlackGirlMagic: Candice Marshall – one of 11 students in the industrial and computational mathematics program at Morgan State University in Baltimore. Link to Article: http://news.morgan.edu/ph-d-student-in-math-aims-to-make-history-at-morgans-december-commencement/
- Student Loans on BlackWealth: Given that it takes about 21 years for the average borrower to pay off a loan, we are—some 10 years later—only midway through this financial fallout. And though the federally insured private student loan program ended in 2010, borrowers are still paying off those loans. Link to Article: http://www.aaihs.org/the-impact-of-student-loans-on-black-wealth/
- BlackOwnedBusiness: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse in Philadelphia –Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse is a celebration of geek culture. A place for comic book fans, hardcore gamers, movie addicts, television connoisseurs, and zombie apocalypse survivalists to meet, and with their powers combined, change the world a little bit. We specialize in comics, toys & figurines, games, comic related magazines, apparel, coffee & espresso related beverages, and baked goods. Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/amalgamphilly/. Upcoming Events: https://www.facebook.com/pg/amalgamphilly/events/?ref=page_internal
- #MeToo: This hashtag was started by Tarana Burke ten years ago. More than a decade ago, Burke was the one who identified the power of the phrase “Me too” as one that could help women. She founded the “Me Too” movement in 2006 because she, as someone who experienced sexual assault, wanted to do something to help women and girls — particularly women and girls of color — who had also survived sexual violence. She’s in the middle of working on a documentary, called “Me Too,” that comes out next year. Link to Article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2017/10/19/the-woman-behind-me-too-knew-the-power-of-the-phrase-when-she-created-it-10-years-ago/?utm_term=.26cb67690761
- Birmingham Mayor: Randall Woodfin, This Morehouse alum just became the youngest mayor of Birmingham in modern history. Link to Article: http://www.al.com/news/birmingham/index.ssf/2017/11/this_is_a_new_day_at_city_hall.html
- Cheetolini is still President and the clockdown is real for when he get Impeached.
- Gentrification and Displacement in Boston: Boston has been and continues to be, in all the ways that matter, one of the most segregated cities by race in the nation. Additionally, Boston is rapidly becoming one of the most deeply gentrified cities in the United States. This “deep segregation” has had long-lasting implications to Boston’s public housing and public education, in addition to virtually every other aspect of daily life. – Link to Article: http://www.aaihs.org/how-gentrification-and-displacement-are-remaking-boston/
- She’s Gotta Have It Remixed on NetFlix starring, DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling: “Spike Lee – A lot of things have changed, and it’s fair to say that a woman having sexual relationships with three men is not shocking today as some people might have thought back when the film came out. But Nola’s a strong woman, and boys love strong women. I’m a direct descendant of that because of my mother and grandmother, and I’ve tried to display that in my films.” Link to Article: http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/spike-lee-why-i-turned-shes-gotta-have-it-into-a-tv-series-w512223
- Marc Lamont Hill: Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books Opens in Philadelphia – Part living room, part library, part coffee bar, part eatery, Uncle Bobbie’s invites patrons to stick around a while, the better to consume food for the body and the mind — and to commune with neighbors.
Link to Article: http://www.phillymag.com/business/2017/11/29/marc-lamont-opens-uncle-bobbies-in-germantown/#izh4ZSPw2ZMJKPrM.99
- Beyond Prison: A podcast on incarceration and prison abolition that elevates people directly impacted by the system. Hosts: @phillyprof03 & @bsonenstein. Producer: @jaybeware. Link to Podcast: https://shadowproof.com/beyond-prisons/
- Clint Smith studying incarceration, education, and inequality and author of Counting Descent: “A Talk to Teachers” showed me that a teacher’s work should reject the false pretense of being apolitical, and, instead, confront the problems that shape our students’ lives.” Link to Article: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/james-baldwins-lesson-for-teachers-in-a-time-of-turmoil
- An Ethiopian Tent: Garveyism and the Roots of Caribbean Labor Radicalism: “Garveyism as an organic mass politics rather than a philosophical system devoted to either “radicalism” or “conservatism”. Garveyites were connected by a series of broad and relatively fixed assumptions: a belief that African redemption and Negro redemption were coterminous and Biblically ordained; a view of the “Negro race” as a unified and ancient category of belonging; an understanding of history that suggested a declining white civilization and an ascendant Negro one.” Link to Study: http://www.jpanafrican.org/docs/vol10no9/10.9-11-Ewing.pdf
- Someone to Know: Bryan Stevenson, Founder and Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative and author of Just Mercy on sale right now for $2.99. Human Rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines: a third of the country’s black male population has been incarcerated at some point in their lives. These issues, which are wrapped up in America’s unexamined history, are rarely talked about with this level of candor, insight and persuasiveness.
- We Are Witnesses: A 360 degree look at the criminal justice system from The Marshall Project. Nineteen videos in the series. Link to the Series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnttmJ0CBX4Mq7CF7bqX-WLB-6mRzbX1L
Books to Read:
Celia, A Slave by Melton A. Mclaurin
Electric Arches by Eve L. Ewing
Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France
by Crystal Marie Fleming
Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color
by Andrea Ritchie, Angela Y. Davis
Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
by Richard Rothstein
White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson Ph.D.
Chokehold: Policing Black Men by Paul Butler