Monthly Archives: September 2013

Blackface in 2013

A friend of mine who is working in England sent me this picture recently. She went to a bar where a person from South Africa was dressed in blackface. This is 2013, right?

Race, Gender and Cross-Navigation: Seven Words, One Story

by Abby A. (guest contributor) #whyracestillmatters Words are a powerful thing, especially when concentrated into micro-bullets. NPR’s Michele Norris has tapped into the power of words in “The Race Card Project”, where contributors from all across the spectrum are asked to submit their thoughts about race using six words. After some quiet indignation and tapping into […]

A rap ode to whiteness?

Over the Labor Day weekend I went to Made in America in Philadelphia. Maybe I am a bit behind the times since I haven’t listened to Macklemore’s independent debut The Heist yet, but when I was watching him perform “Irish Celebration” I was uber uncomfortable yet perplexed at the same time…and for a number of […]

Embracing our diversity

I have been on work travel in West and Central Africa over the last few weeks and have begun to reflect on my various experiences. I remembered an article I read last year by Demetria Lucas entitled, “Not African Enough in Africa” , which prompted me to seriously think about what the Diaspora means to […]

March on Washington 2013

On August 24, 2013 I attended the 50th anniversary of the MLK Jr. March on Washington with my 5-year-old daughter. It was probably one of the most beautiful events we’ve ever experienced together. I was amazed by the diversity at the march, the positivity and overall belief from those present in the fight for justice. […]