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Writer. Editor. #SGRho. Founder https://t.co/Vp8kUQeCc6. Co-owner @Houseof334. Bylines: Essence, Glamour, The Guardian, The Washington Post
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3 Jul 20
Reminder: Sally Hemings was not Thomas Jefferson's lover, she was his rape victim.
BTW: I wrote about this very fact for @PostOpinions 3 years ago.

washingtonpost.com/outlook/sally-…
Just read this piece by Shannon Lanier, a descendant of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings and the man featured in the portrait.

newsweek.com/sally-hemmings…
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4 Feb 19
So...Liam Neeson really decided to just blow up his career by admitting he once wanted (and actually walked around w/ a crowbar!) to murder a Black man, any Black man.

And he did it while promoting another one of his old white man gets revenge movies.

Amazing.
“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know?" theguardian.com/film/2019/feb/…
ALso, Liam Neeson says he felt a lot of shame around wanting to get revenge on ANY Black man who would've "had a go at him" after his friend was allegedly raped by a Black man...but he walked around FOR A WEEK w/ a crowbar. What would've happened if some man HAD bumped into him?
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4 Feb 19
21 Savage's immigration situation is a reminder that undocumented Black immigrants exist but are often invisible (or ignored) during discussions about immigration. But they are very much at risk.
In 2015, there were approximately 615,000 Black undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018…
And of course, Black undocumented immigrants are at greater risk.

theatlantic.com/politics/archi…
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2 Feb 19
Out here at @theaafca's Special Achievement Awards luncheon. #aafcaawards10
The first award, the Horizon Award, goes to studio executive, @alanaoyam.

Who said she used to complain about being the only Black person in the room, until her friend asked her, "What are you gonna do about it?" That helped shape her career. #aafcaawards10
The 2019 Pioneer Award goes to jazz musician Buddy Bolden. Director Dan Pritzer is making a film about his life. #aafcaawards10
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17 Nov 18
I saw Green Book back in August, so it's interesting to read everybody's takes now. It's also equally interesting to see Universal push it so heavy for awards season.
#GreenBookMovie's original sin is the title. There's literally NO reason for it to be called Green Book in the first place AND that sets it up for failure b/c audiences will expect a film about the The Negro Motorist Green Book. It's not.
The second biggest flaw is that while it may be based on a true story, it's written like the screenwriter doesn't actually know any Black people besides Don Shirley (Mahershala's character), who admits his Black experience has been atypical.
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12 May 18
Today a few of my #SGRho sorors were racially profiled in PA while cleaning up a highway their chapter adopted. It's a reminder that Black women in general (and SIGMA women esp) have ALWAYS been on the front lines fighting racial injustice. I'll explore some ways in this #thread
First, some background: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc (@sgrhoupdates) was organized by 7 teachers in 1922 in the heart of Klan country in Indiana (I'm working on a project abt this). At the time, it was known as “Klandiana” b/c it had the largest number of Klan members, abt 250K
D.C. Stephenson, KKK Grand Dragon, was in Indianapolis, where #SGRho was founded. In fact, he stayed within miles of where Mary Lou Allison, Dorothy Hanley, Vivian White, Nannie Mae Gahn, Hattie Mae Dulin, Bessie Mae Downey and Cubena McClure) would meet to plan the sorority
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5 May 18
In honor of #CincodeMayo, here are some things you may not have known about Afro-Mexican history.
While the bulk of enslaved Africans ended up in South America+Caribbean (more than 4 million sent to Brazil alone), around 200K enslaved Africans were imported into what is now Mexico between the 1520s and 1829 #CincoDeMayo
Gaspar Yanga is a national hero. He was a former enslaved African who became “El Primer Libertador de las Américas” (the first liberator of the Americas). Yanga was brought to the Spanish colony in the 1500s and worked on a sugar plantation in Veracruz, Mexico. #CincoDeMayo
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