Kaepernick Hosts Know Your Rights Camp for Bay Area Youth

Colin Kaepernick has taken his activism to the community by hosting a “Know Your Rights Camp” in Oakland this past Saturday. His plans for the camp happened long before he took a knee during the National Anthem, as the camp took around six months to coordinate. Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp had 10 points, which were modeled after the Black …

Nicki Minaj Wants Society To Stop Shaming Black Women’s Bodies

  10.13.16 Nicki Minaj has never been shy about speaking up against entertainment industry double standards, and this time she is taking on the policing of black women’s bodies. In an interview with writer and activist Janet Mock, Nicki details the backlash she received for the album art for her 2014 smash hit single “Anaconda.” After Kim Kardashian’s “internet breaking” …

Kimberle Crenshaw Teaches Us What It Takes To Truly Be Free

  10.13.16   “It’s not about supplication, it’s about power. It’s not about asking, it’s about demanding. It’s not about convincing those who are currently in power, it’s about changing the very face of power itself.” – Kimberle Williams Crenshaw   Kimberle Crenshaw believes freedom will never be won by appealing to the gatekeepers of the status quo, but by …

Zora Neale Hurston Taught Us to Laugh to Keep from Crying

  10.11.16 Sometimes, I feel discriminated against, but it does not make me angry. It merely astonishes me. How can any deny themselves the pleasure of my company? It’s beyond me. Today’s quote comes from Zora Neale Hurston, author of Their Eyes Were Watching God. In the wake of police brutality and its apologists, the increasingly tense racial climate, and …

Solange’s New Music Videos Provide the Inspiration We Need

10.4.16 Solange recently dropped her new album, entitled “A Seat at the Table.” The album, which reflects not only on trauma, but also Black joy, is giving the community much needed love and self-care that we need. Solange has dropped two visuals for the album: Don’t Touch My Hair as well as Cranes in the Sky. Don’t Touch My Hair …

The Story of Katherine Johnson: The Black Woman who Helped Land a man on the Moon

Katherine Johnson, a Black woman mathematician, was hired by NASA during the Jim Crow era to do math and research that would launch white men into space. However, her story was nearly forgotten. Mary Gainer, a historic preservationist for NASA, stumbled upon a 1943 picture of around a thousand people standing in a huge NASA building. What surprised Gainer were …

Clint Smith Explores Black Joy & Black Pain in New Book

Last year, we sat down with our friend Clint Smith, renowned poet and writer whose TED talk, “How to Raise a Black Son in America” is reaching millions of folks. Smith recently published his first book, Counting Descent, and we got the chance to ask him a few questions. Pre-order the book here. In May, you became a Cave Canem …

All the lessons learned on starting your own business.

Usually around February (aka Black History Month) when we’re stumbling over the third verse of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” and quoting MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech with so much vigor, at least one person will pay homage to badass female millionaire #1: Madam CJ Walker. Walker wasn’t just a trailblazing businesswoman, she also was the first black person …