New Year Declaration

Reimagining Black liberation 159 years later

Protestor holding a black power raised fist In New York City | Photo Courtesy of Reader’s Digest

“That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, all persons held as slaves within any State, or designated part of a State, the people whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and…

Dismantling the Myth

A message to my people

Protestors gather in New York City on June 4th, 2020 | Photo Courtesy of National Geographic

America’s 2020 racial reckoning unpacked our destructive history with a more clear eye view. In these contemporary times and at the expense of our bodies, we were painfully reminded of the constant attack on Black and that racism was only playing dead. One pandemic undoubtedly brought on the realization of…

THE CASE FOR THE 1619 PROJECT: CASE STUDIES/PERSONAL EXPERIENCES

How rejection of racial equality in Florida schools fails us all

Photo Courtesy of Pinterest

In the state of Florida, you’re likely to witness the possibilities of one day becoming a Governor, like Ron DeSantis, or a legendary baseball player, like Dwight Gooden. There’s the possibility of becoming a dancer like the great Fernando Bujones or a singer, like Butterfly McQueen. Or a scientist, maybe…

Politics + Black Lives Matter

Examining the current administration’s promise 1 year later

President Biden with Black Politicians and Activists in 2013 | Photo Courtesy of ABC News

On November 7th, 2020, I wrote the following on my Facebook newsfeed:

“I woke up this morning to a new president. I woke up feeling different. I am so proud of my people I could just burst. Change can’t happen without Black people, — we just proved that.”

“I will…

BLACK LIVES MATTER

Remembering Ahmaud Arbery in the aftermath of his killers sentencing

Ahmaud’s family walks out in unison after his killers are sentenced to life in prison on January 7th, 2022 | Photo Courtesy of Chicago Tribune

“Ahmaud had dark skin that glistened in the sunlight like gold. He had thick, coily hair and he would often like to twist it. Ahmaud had a broad nose … He was tall with an athletic build. He enjoyed running and had an appreciation for being outdoors.” — Jasmine Arbery

Black History 365 + Anniversary

Celebrating seven decades of publishing Blackness

There was an issue always lying around my house.

Or at the local beauty shop, doctor’s office, or grocery store.

From cover to cover, I saw several faces I had never met, but who still felt familiar to me. Perhaps it was me imagining myself on the cover one day.

Politics + Race Discourse

Examining the Former Secretary of State’s remarks

Condoleezza Rice at Stanford University in 2017 | Photo Courtesy of Brookings Institution

Yesterday during an appearance on The View, American politician and former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice denounced Critical Race Theory:

“I would like Black kids to be completely empowered to know they are beautiful in their Blackness. …

Black Lives Matter

Reckoning with the aftermath of Dave Chappelle’s Netflix Special

Dave Chappelle During his 2017 Netflix special Equanimity | Photo Courtesy of Level Ground

Last night as I walked out of the office from work, it dawned on me that some 2,000 miles away, the LGBTQ+ community and allies were walking out of their offices, too.

On October 20th, Netflix employees and the LGBTQ+ movement, staged a walked out, — denouncing Dave Chappelle’s The…

Q U I N T E S S A

Freelance Writer & Journalist 📝📚| #WEOC | Blackivist| Editor for Cultured, WEOC, & AfroSapiophile. Bylines in Momentum & AnInjustice! Publications.

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