African American women

Baltimore mayor seeks Justice Department probe of police, promises body cameras | Baltimore Sun

Baltimore mayor seeks Justice Department probe of police, promises body cameras - Baltimore Sun

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked the Justice Department on Wednesday to conduct a full-scale civil rights investigation into the pattern and practices of the Baltimore Police Department — a probe that would examine excessive force, discriminatory harassment, false arrests, and unlawful stops, searches or arrests.

“We all know that Baltimore continues to have a fractured relationship between the police and the community,” Rawlings-Blake said. “I’m willing to do what it takes to reform my department.”

Baltimore mayor seeks Justice Department probe of police, promises body cameras - Baltimore Sun

Attorney general Loretta Lynch does not rule out broader federal probe of Baltimore police

The Justice Department already is conducting a “collaborative review” with Baltimore police, but its recommendations will not carry the weight of law. Such reviews differ from full-scale civil rights investigations because they are launched by agreement with local officials and are not enforced by court order.

via Baltimore mayor seeks Justice Department probe of police, promises body cameras – Baltimore Sun.

51-Year-Old, Self Taught Developer Creates App to Help Women Escape Abuse | Hypepotamus

Love my tech women. Love Environmental Justice projects. Alicia Carr is a superstar in my book. She has created an app that encompasses technical prowess with an environmental justice momentum. Read on. Alicia Carr, The Purple PocketBook

Alicia Carr isn’t your typical tech founder. Having discovered her love for coding later in life, she’s using her newfound talent for a good cause. Her app, The Purple PocketBook, was established as an effort to empower women experiencing domestic violence with the essential tools required to develop a safe, secure exit plan. As someone who’s had family and friends fall victim to domestic violence, Carr wants her app to help the millions suffering from abuse across the country. We recently connected with Alicia to get the scoop on her and her app.

via 51-Year-Old, Self Taught Developer Creates App to Help Women Escape Abuse – Hypepotamus.

Stop Telling Women To Smile | FILMS FOR ACTION

“I AM NOT HERE FOR YOU!”

Stop Telling Women to Smile is an art series by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. The work attempts to address gender based street harassment by placing drawn portraits of women, composed with captions that speak directly to offenders, outside in public spaces. 

Tatyana Falalizadeh is an illustrator/painter based in Brooklyn, mostly known for her oil paintings. Having recently branched out into public art as a muralist, STWTS was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for tackling street harassment. 

via Stop Telling Women To Smile.

Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando | Telegraph

“This world is interesting and difficult,” she would say. “Happiness? Don’t settle for that.”

This particular article by Gaby Wood tributes Morrison like no other I have read. It reminds me why each time I read one of Toni Morrison’s novels, it felt as if I held my breath until the last page. We all know that is impossible, but the world she creates within her texts redefines the past, present, and future. There are no spaces for outsiders or interruptions. I read “A Mercy” in two days, dry-mouthed, sleep-deprived, but never abandoned.

Morrison’s take on race and spaces have never been secret within the pages of her books. Like truly talented individuals, she is blunt, unforgiving, unyielding, and delivers at every turn – just what we need our leaders to aspire.

Toni Morrison

she wrote from the point of view of little black girls in her first two books, of 17th-century slaves in Mercy, of a child killed by her mother to save her from suffering in Beloved. She combined the metaphorical stories of her grandparents with the facts on the ground, and arrived at what she calls “imaginative resistance”. To tell a tale, you have to pick up its pieces, she once suggested, comparing storytellers to Hansel and Gretel. “Their momma doesn’t want them. They leave a little trail. That trail is language.”

via Toni Morrison interview: on racism, her new novel and Marlon Brando – Telegraph.

Ernestine Johnson Performs ‘The Average Black Girl’ on Arsenio Hall Show – YouTube

Published on Apr 14, 2014

Ernestine Johnson kicks off the show with an amazing and moving performance of “The Average Black Girl.” You will get chills from this performance. Booking: Aris@xceltalent.com

Website: http://www.ernestinejohnson.com

via Ernestine Johnson Performs ‘The Average Black Girl’ on Arsenio Hall Show – YouTube.

MLK’s Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month | Talking Points

Alberta Williams King

Absent from most discussion about Martin Luther King, Jr is his mother’s assassination. As our author, Aurin Squire, gasps at her lack of knowledge, we should realize that what we read is filled with holes waiting to be filled. The main question is, do we wait for others to do our jobs or we going to fill those spaces with our stories.

Historical omission points toward a culture’s subconscious beliefs that some people matter less than others. When female stories are muted, we are teaching our kids that their dignity is second class and the historical accounts of their lives is less relevant. This lowered value carries over when women face sexual objectification and systemic brutalization from inside and outside the community. When we can’t see ourselves in our history, we begin to think that we are disconnected and suffering alone. Historical ignorance always precedes cultural imbalances and individual despair. Too many lives are still lived in the blank space, too many march for racial equality while subjugating their gender and even sexual orientation.

via MLK’s Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month.

10 Learned Behaviors of a Black Girl — Everyday Feminism

This Andie Berry article published in Everyday Feminism is a necessary item in the Black Girls toolbox.

Andie Berry writes:

I often felt like my parents were teaching me to be a complacent, extremely hardworking robot-woman (i.e. the mammy archetype). I now realize that they were doing their best to teach me how to survive the intersections of being Black and a woman in a world that hated both.

via 10 Learned Behaviors of a Black Girl — Everyday Feminism.

Who Suffers Most From Rape and Sexual Assault in America? – NYTimes.com

There are obvious steps we as a society can take to better support all victims of sexual violence: We have to stop blaming and shaming survivors, and to start holding perpetrators accountable. But we also need to do much more to support women in disadvantaged communities. These are the same women who have the least flexibility at work, the least access to reliable transportation, the least help with child care, and the least resources with which to pursue legal representation or medical treatment on their own. We need to do a better job of bringing health, legal and psychological services to them.

via Who Suffers Most From Rape and Sexual Assault in America? – NYTimes.com.

Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls | Kali Nicole Gross

When Justice fails again. Marissa Alexander is goes back to jail after courts add new charges forcing her to accept a plea bargain. An additional 65 days or 60 years in jail. She has accepted the plea but has the nation failed this woman and others? Where was the NAACP?Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls | Kali Nicole Gross

Just as Wilson walked free of charges despite having shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Marissa Alexander, the battered black woman initially sentenced to 20 years in prison in Florida for firing an alleged warning shot into the ceiling of her home as her abusive ex-husband allegedly threatened her despite a restraining order against him, headed back to jail to serve an additional 65 days on top of the three years she has already served. Alexander accepted a plea deal in the face of new charges filed against her, charges that would have amounted to 60 years in prison had she been convicted.

via Demands for Justice Are Failing Black Women and Girls | Kali Nicole Gross.

Why We Can’t Feel Black Men’s Pain – Melissa Haris-Perry – YouTube | #OYRchallenge

Melissa Harris-Perry points to examples in medicine, society, and police testimony when determining that African American pain and pain management is considered less than that of Whites during times of illness, physical treatment, and mental anxiety. 
Melissa Harris-Perry on why the recurring murders of young black men, America just can’t seem to put themselves in the shoes of black males. From Melissa Harris-Perry on MSNBC.

via Why We Can’t Feel Black Men’s Pain – Melissa Haris-Perry – YouTube.