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Post-Apartheid Property Struggle: Film "Sifuna Okwethu (We Want What's Ours)"

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To be honest, most of what I learned about South African apartheid and the ending of apartheid in the early-90s was from watching the classic sitcom, “A Different World.” I had no clue what it really meant to “divest from South Africa”, but I knew what was happening in the motherland was bad. Fast forward some 20... Read more »

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings

5 Awesome Things Happening in Chicago Parks Besides Shootings
Chicago is back in the news. For gun violence. Again. This morning, I woke up to an NBC Chicago news article in my Facebook timeline, “Boy, 3, Among 13  People Shot in Chicago Park“. The overnight shooting quickly grew legs outside of Chicago and popped up in CNN.com’s top headlines. Not a good look for “The... Read more »

Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman Sextape Apology Statement: Sounds like Martin’s first proposal to Gina…slathered in wack sauce

Russell Simmons’ Harriet Tubman Sextape Apology Statement: Sounds like Martin’s first proposal to Gina…slathered in wack sauce
Thank you Crystal Fleming for creating the Change.org petition requesting the removal of the “Harriet Tubman Sextape” skit and an apology from Russell Simmons whose company All Def Digital (ADD) created and distributed it. I was up early into the morning re-posting updates on the petition and writing to All Def Digital’s director of communications. It... Read more »
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Back to School Shopping Giveaway: Introducing the "Auntie Ella Scholarship" 2013

Back to School Shopping Giveaway: Introducing the "Auntie Ella Scholarship" 2013
I love back to school season. As a grown woman, I still love buying up fresh spiral notebooks, gel pens and crayons. For myself, not kids. I remember the excitement of the night before the first day of school and the anticipation of rocking a new ‘fit, which of course, was laid out perfectly all... Read more »

But black women hit HARDER!: My unsolicited response to CBS Chicago and the racial disparity in their “Healthwatch” reports

But black women hit HARDER!: My unsolicited response to CBS Chicago and the racial disparity in their “Healthwatch” reports
“They are not going to save you.” It was only a week ago that I spoke these words to a group of soggy, yet smiling, black women and children. March 10, 2013, was the centennial anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman, a heroic and in my eyes, superhuman, woman who came to be known... Read more »

Headwraps turn heads in Chicago: More than a fashion trend

Organizer, Sandria M. Washington
On Saturday, June 23, 2012, nearly two dozen Chicago residents—including four small children—were shot in Millenium Park. The lone shooter, an African-American woman in her 30s, also shot herself.  Eyewitnesses in the park that afternoon were too overwhelmed with shock to provide immediate comment on the brazen shooting; a scene of this magnitude had never... Read more »
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Can I Blame 2 Chainz for Men Thinking Kidnapping Is Cool?

Can I Blame 2 Chainz for Men Thinking Kidnapping Is Cool?
I’m not against rap. I’m not against rappers. But I am against those fools that aspire to live every lyric they hear, even the most misogynistic and illegal ones. For women like me who value simple things like safety and staying alive, life imitating art can be life-threatening. It’s one thing to hear about kidnappng in... Read more »

Who??? Illinois Judges Election 2012: Get the voter guide I wish I had BEFORE voting

Who??? Illinois Judges Election 2012: Get the voter guide I wish I had BEFORE voting
Woke up not-so-bright, but early, this morning to trek in the dark to my designated polling place. I made it just after 6 a.m. and the line wasn’t obnoxiously long. Double-checked to make sure I had my ID. Check.  So far so good.  Everything was on a roll until I got to the back side... Read more »

Black Woman Walking: Dedicating this first day of International Anti-Street Harassment Week to the memory of Adilah Gaither

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Focused and determined. That’s how I would describe my stride and my gaze walking through Oak Park on an unseasonably warm March afternoon.  I heard the rattling from the bass of the car’s sound system approaching behind me, but I kept my attention forward. It’s crazy when you stop to think about it—hearing a noise,... Read more »
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Hasana, Inc. Launch Party to Benefit the Aparecio Foundation

Hasana, Inc. Launch Party to Benefit the Aparecio Foundation
There’s no better way to party than to party with a purpose. On December 14, 2011, the Aparecio Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit utilizing mentoring programs to promote the personal and professional development of low-income, high-potential young women in Chicago high schools,  celebrates the launch of its embedded marketing arm, Hasana, Inc, with simultaneous events in Chicago and New... Read more »
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