Sometimes my memory is terrible. I forget how old I am. I forget where I put my keys. I forget the name of my favorite podcast series. Sadly, I often forget that Black history often has a way of being hijacked, simplified and sanitized for mass consumption. Sort of like the way Panda Express does … Continue reading Black History Month: What was the real GREEN BOOK all about?
The year I was born (in Northern California), the Black Panther Party had not yet disbanded and Huey Percy Newton was still its Oakland-based leader. Looking back now, I'm able to recognize the impact the revolutionary group had on my childhood environment. I went to schools that served free and reduced-cost meals thanks to the … Continue reading Black History Month: Is the Black Power Movement dead?
Though I ultimately received my undergraduate degree from a university in California, I watched A Different World and wanted desperately to attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). The idea of going to a school where each teacher and fellow classmate understood my unique experience thrilled me to no end. I constantly fantasized about … Continue reading Black History Month: How did we come to adopt STEPPING?