Official Trailer for ‘Dear White People’ Movie – Urban Cusp

The film, written and directed by Justin Simien, is a satirical film about being a black face in a white place.  According to the official Facebook page for the film, “Dear White People follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in ‘post-racial’ America, while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world.” #OYRchallenge

via Official Trailer for ‘Dear White People’ Movie – Urban Cusp.#OYRchallenge

‘Why Didn’t You Just Leave? ’Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple | #OYRchallenge

Lovern - Domestic Abuse

Lovern is just one of 6 women in this series:

In this series, you will hear from six survivors of domestic violence about why they didn’t leave sooner. The stories — told in their own words — are as distinct as they are similar. One woman suffered a brutal week of abuse before fleeing. Others stayed for decades trying to make things work. Two women were shot, the bullets narrowly missing their hearts. Another endured years of incessant stalking.

via ‘Why Didn’t You Just Leave?’Six Domestic Violence Survivors Explain Why It’s Never That Simple.

Ferguson’s Angry Young Men #OYRchallenge

Article by Joel Anderson

This scene of Bledsoe throwing back a tear-gas canister during an attack on Ferguson, MO protesters has been seen worldwide. Not even the Palestinians, who according to social media posts, advised protesters in Ferguson, MO on dealing with tear gas attacks, witnessed such a scene in their country. These men are not angry, they are ready.

Bledsoe returning tear gas canister during police attack on Ferguson, MO protesters

Bledsoe bent down and picked the canister up, ignoring the searing heat in his right hand.“I felt like, ‘Y’all shooting at me? I’m just trying to get home,’” Bledsoe said. “I picked it up and threw it back. I never, ever, ever pictured myself throwing something at the police.”

via Ferguson’s Angry Young Men.

Lupita Nyong’o To Produce And Star In ‘Americanah’

Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o will star and produce the feature adaptation of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Americanah together with D2 Productions, Plan B and Potboiler Productions.  A winner of the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award, Americanah tells the epic love story of two young immigrant Nigerians, Ifemelu and Obinze, as their lives span various continents. Americanah was also listed as one of the “Ten Best Books of the Year” by The New York Times Book Review, the BBC, and Newsday. Adichie is the MacArthur Fellowship winning author of such novels Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun.

via Lupita Nyong’o To Produce And Star In ‘Americanah’.

Lily Myers – “Shrinking Women” (CUPSI 2013)

Published on Apr 18, 2013
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Lily Myers, performing for Wesleyan University at the 2013 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational. This poem was awarded Best Love Poem at the tournament.

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Black Women Need More Outlets And Options For Their Stories To Be Told – The Root

From Left of Black:

Despite many news programs featuring African-American women as on-air hosts—Joy Reid of MSNBC’s The Reid Report, Robin Roberts on ABC’s Good Morning America, Gwen Ifill anchoring PBS Newshour and Michel Martin helming NPR’s Tell Me More, to name a few—there are still far too few people of color, particularly black women, in executive, editorial and production positions who have the decision-making authority to promote stories in ways that reflect the concerns of our communities.

via Black Women Need More Outlets And Options For Their Stories To Be Told – The Root.

A New Model For Black Motherhood: Why We Need More Jada Pinkett-Smiths

Jada Pinkett-Smith and son

Gabby Douglas is our first African American all-around Olympic gold medal winner. And what did the well-raised, processed, hair weave African American debs notice? Her hair. Twitter, Facebook, and other social media was flooded with guffaws from mostly African American women, pitifully. Gold medal or no, Gabby Douglas was reduced to a jar of Ultra Sheen and a flat iron. Put that wagging finger to good use and the world will listen.

Jada Pinkett-Smith has decided to move against the tide of yo momma. She allows her daughter to explore the woman-to-be in music and personal performance. Willow’s mistakes will be HER markers for improvement. Can we put such trust in our young woman? And why not?

More young mother’s are adopting this style of child rearing, especially when it comes to their daughters. Our young women may not look the part of our dream life, (I really mean ‘DREAM LIFE’) but we are seeing more empowered young woman than ever before. We do not need to agree. Willow leaves room for us to find our own womanhood, achieve greatness, and stop blocking the vision. Rhianna … heads up! Love you, girl.

Black parents are notoriously strict. Whenever the topic of the way “we” raise our kids arises, Black folks eagerly trade discipline tales like war stories. And no matter how traumatic the ending, the sharer will often note that they’re thankful for their parents’ MO because without it they would either be dead or in jail. As much as that may be true, I do wonder how our communities might be improved by allowing children more opportunities to push boundaries and ask questions.

via A New Model For Black Motherhood: Why We Need More Jada Pinkett-Smiths.

In Nigeria, Parents Tormented by Stumbling Search for Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram – WSJ.com

Families of the missing children are still hoping for the returned of their missing children while villages and cities remain under siege. Does this historical public venture mark the beginnings of true democracy in Nigeria?


Mr. Ntakai was joined by more than 100 fathers, uncles and big brothers, all seeking several hundred girls taken by force from a boarding school in the remote hamlet of Chibok. The men followed a trail of hair ties and scraps of clothing the girls dropped to lead rescuers. One found his daughter’s flip-flop; another retrieved a remnant of a school uniform.

via In Nigeria, Parents Tormented by Stumbling Search for Girls Kidnapped by Boko Haram – WSJ.com.

Meet the 8 Black Women TIME Chose as ‘Most Influential’

Ory Okolloh

Ory Okolloh, who was routinely thrown out of school in Kenya because her parents couldn’t pay the fee, got a Harvard Law degree and a job offer from a D.C. law firm.

But instead of building a comfortable life, she went back to Africa to build a more accountable, transparent world for millions. She helped create Ushahidi, an online service for crowd-mapping data — whether it’s incidences of corruption in Kenya, survivors of the hurricane in Haiti or traffic problems in Washington.

via Meet the 8 Black Women TIME Chose as ‘Most Influential’.