Can Hashtag Activism Inspire Real Life Social and Political Changes?

2013 was a year of anti-racist activism online. Barely a week has gone by in the past couple of months without a race-based meme....more
FeministaJones Thank you FJ for your comment! I follow you on Twitter, so I'm very glad you ... more

Transracial and International Adoptions: New Trends, But the Same Questions

There's a growing trend in adoption: African-American children who are being adopted by European families. Reading recent stories in mainstream publications about this trend, as well as transracial adoption issues in North America, I see a lot of questions that never seem to get answered: How does race play into adoption decisions, by both potential adoptive parents and the agencies that work with them?...more
@thlsralv The "whole African-American" community are not passing judgement. The NABSW does have ... more

Assata Shakur First Woman on FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists List: Why Now?

The FBI recently added the first woman, 65-year old Assata Shakur, to its Most Wanted Terrorists list. The addition of Shakur to this infamous list isn’t shocking simply because she is female or black, but because of the timing -- 40 years after her involvement in a police shoot-out....more
Umm....Okay.   First, regarding your #1. I certainly understand your displeasure in whether the ... more

Do Interracial Relationships and Self-Hate Go Hand in Hand?

Recently, freelance writer Jenny An caused an online firestorm with her confessional essay I’m an Asian Woman and I Refuse to Ever Date an Asian Man for xoJane. But is it her defense of interracial dating or the way she defends it that's stirring up so much controversy?...more
@BenJPua Thanks Ben for your comment. I was just talking to a friend about why there are not ... more

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Oprah, and Reality Show Vixens: Do We Need Black Role Models?

A couple of months ago, Oprah's Lifeclass: The Tour made a stop in my hometown. I was completely unaware about the stop until two days prior to the event, when I got a frantic text from a friend. “Girl, did you get your tickets to Oprah’s Lifeclass????” ...more
The question is, do we ( as Black people) need role models?  Its about people and the media ... more

KONY 2012: Worthwhile Charity or White Man's Burden?

The 30-minute documentary by advocacy group Invisible Children has over 76 million hits on YouTube. For social and political activists like me (well, when I was younger, anyway) the fact that over 76 million people have watched this video shows an impressive reach -- despite its mixed message....more
It is not a "racial" issue - black folks aren't whining for the sake of it. However, you could ... more

KONY 2012: Worthwhile Charity or White Man's Burden?

The 30-minute documentary by advocacy group Invisible Children has over 76 million hits on YouTube. For social and political activists like me (well, when I was younger, anyway) the fact that over 76 million people have watched this video shows an impressive reach -- despite its mixed message....more
When African activists within the region who have been reporting on the same issue for two ... more

Shit White Girls Say... To Black Girls: Funny and Important Social Commentary

When Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls landed on YouTube this week, it seemed that thousands, hell, hundreds of thousands of black women across the globe cried, Hallelujah! and then doubled over with laughter....more
@Keira Thanks Kiera. You wrote what I have been feeling about this thread and other threads ... more

Shit White Girls Say... To Black Girls: Funny and Important Social Commentary

When Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls landed on YouTube this week, it seemed that thousands, hell, hundreds of thousands of black women across the globe cried, Hallelujah! and then doubled over with laughter....more
@Carol Cain Thanks Carol! You share some great points. As a product of trans-racial ... more

Shit White Girls Say... To Black Girls: Funny and Important Social Commentary

When Shit White Girls Say…To Black Girls landed on YouTube this week, it seemed that thousands, hell, hundreds of thousands of black women across the globe cried, Hallelujah! and then doubled over with laughter....more
@Carol Cain Hi Carol / Emmeline there have been a couple of non-black women (see my twitter ... more