by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on What Communities Need to Know About Sex Trafficking
A few years ago, I watched the documentary, “Very Young Girls.” It featured the stories of young girls in New York City that had been sex trafficked by pimps. Some of the girls were as young as 12 years old. What surprised me most in the film was that instead of trying to save these children, in many cases authorities treated them like criminals. There was even a prosecutor trying to get one of the girls punished with jail time. Here was a child victim of sex trafficking, sobbing in the court room and the state was trying to send her to jail. Instead of advocating for rehabilitation and protection, the legal system had turned against her. Read more...
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on This Interview With Toni Morrison Never Gets Old
In this old interview with Charlie Rose, Toni Morrison responds to a past question about if/when she will stop writing novels centered around race. She then responds with a bold answer about centering Blackness. Morrison explains that African writers, like Chinua Achebe, helped her to see the perimeters of writing without being consumed by the white gaze and how this was liberating. Read more...
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on Afro Germany – Being Black and German
Produced by DW Documentary from Deutsche Welle international broadcasting company, the Afro Germany documentary explores the history of African descended people in Germany and their cultural awareness.
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on Sam’s Club Disaster Proves We Need More Black Owned Businesses
With absolutely no warning given, more than 10,000 people went to work on January 11th only to find, “We’re closed” signs on the windows.
That morning, Walmart suddenly decided to permanently close 26 Sam’s Clubs across America. And they’re closing a total of 63 overall. On the cusp of huge tax cuts granted by the Trump Administration, Walmart had announced that they would increase their employee minimum wage to $11 and give a one-time only $1000 bonus to employees that worked for them 20 years or longer.
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on Keep Thanking Black Women But Show Us The Money
Following the big win of Democrat Doug Jones in Alabama’s Senate race, one thing has become increasingly undeniable. Black women voters are a force to reckoned with. Black women are the most dedicated democratic voting block in America. Read more...
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on NewsOne Now Hosted by Roland Martin Has Been Canceled, Now What?
On Wednesday, December 7th, TV One announced that NewsOne Now is set to be canceled due to budget cuts. NewsOne Now is a morning news show hosted by journalist and political commentator, Roland Martin. It was one of the only television shows on air that specifically talked about current affairs from the lens of the Black community. Many Black activists, political commentators, community leaders and celebrities have been featured on the show. Read more...
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by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on Call for Writers: STORIES OF THE BLACK MULTIPLE BIRTH EXPERIENCE
Our Legaci Press is accepting queries for our upcoming anthology, Mama Twins: Stories of the Black Multiple Birth Experience. About: We’re looking for personal essays about your experience as a Black mother of twins and larger sets of multiples. Word length: 3000-5000 words per story. Contributor payment: Contributors will receive a $150 payment and two author copies of the […]
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on The Hilarity of Black Pain
Get Out, the movie thriller that both horrified and effectively unveiled several layers of racialized oppression, is apparently a “comedy.” This is according to the good people at the Golden Globes, leaving many viewers like myself baffled. Get Out focused on a secret group of white body-snatchers that kidnaps young Black people to take over their […]
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on Why More Black People Should Be Blood Donors
Though millions of people worldwide suffer from Sickle Cell Disease, the general public is still very uninformed about its impact. It’s estimated that about 300,000 children are born with the disease each year. (Source NPR) According to the CDC, “SCD is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders. Healthy red blood cells are round, […]
by JAM Aiwuyor • • Comments Off on Watch “The Tale of Four” Gabourey Sidibe’s New Short Film
Gabourey Sidibe makes her directorial debut with ‘Four Women’ a film based on the song by Nina Simone. The short film follows four women that are facing life’s crossroads. The women ultimately embrace their truths and work towards healing. Read the film’s description below as published by Refinery29: “Inspired by Nina Simone’s ‘Four Women,’ Gabourey […]