Black, Women, Voters, Election Entertainment Politics 

She Ready: Get To Know Some of the Black Women Running for Office in Florida

She Ready- get to know some of the black women running for office in the great state of Florida.  I was very inspired by Kesha Lance – Bottoms successful bid for Mayor of Atlanta, GA. Furthermore, the more I began to dig, I started to find other success stories of African-American women running for office and winning.  So, I got to thinking about who’s running in my state – Florida. I wasn’t aware of any resources were  I could readily access this information. That is until,  Awesomely Luvvie partnered with…

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Entertainment Politics 

Pipeline to Possibilities: The Passion of Four Female African-American Judges

“Pipeline to Possibilities is a program committed to educating youth on various aspects of the justice system & inspiring youth to become leaders in society.” The program was created by four female African-American Judges. The judges are also members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. respectively.

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Politics 

In the Fight Against Injustice, Everyone Has a Voice

In the fight against injustice, everyone has a voice. Don’t let your background, financial status, or lack of degrees stop you from speaking up and out! Slavery is still allowed in prison according to the 13th amendment. I ask myself how did the generations that came before me allow this to happen? Did they get so wrapped up in being “free” and looked at prisoners as a nuisance and did not bother to fight that clause? It’s extremely bothersome, considering how mass incarceration impacts black families in the present. I…

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Dome, Gas, Plant, District, Vote, Politics Politics 

Your Vote Is Your Voice: Use It Responsibly

You vote, is your voice- use it responsibly. Our presence must not be ignored  at the polls during, local, state and federal elections.  We can no longer continue to have a nonchalant attitude towards politics. We must become fully vested in the political process, starting first with our vote! Politicians must earn our votes.  The days of someone getting our vote, yet lacking receipts of any earnest or sincere efforts of working within the community or advocating for black issues should be over – regardless of what party affiliation they are…

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Racism,Blacks, War Politics 

Racism: Do Black People Have Any More Fight In Them?

In a perfect world, racism would be absent, black people would be respected and everyone would be prospering. However, current day events remind us, that we are not in a perfect world.   Racism is a dark, ugly, and brutal part of America. Racism supports the idea that black people can be disrespected to the point of death. Often the thought occurs that, if black bodies being strung from trees and babies being ripped out of their mothers womb as their bodies hung, didn’t propel black people to annihilate any…

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Civil Rights Restoration, Voting Rights, Second Chances Politics 

Civil Rights Restoration: When Will Politicians Stop Playing God by Deciding Who Gets A Second Chance?

I remember working as a college advisor and having to  watch helplessly as some  students would have to drop out of school . Them dropping out had nothing to do with their ambition, but everything to do with their past. A past that involved felonies. Because of those felonies they were no longer eligible for federal student aid. Neither could they afford to pay out of pocket.  With limited employment opportunities, and no voice to change things by way of voting. One by one the doors would close. According to…

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Politics 

The Women’s March

  I was conflicted concerning the Women’s March.  I decided instead to go check out the movie, Hidden Figures. After leaving the movie, my conflict concerning the march became even clearer. Hidden Figures, tells the story of three black women – Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, and Dorothy Vauthree and their magnificent contributions to the NASA space program. Because of their work, several historic space missions were completed using their calculations. They were excellent mathematicians and engineers who overcame barriers of both racism and sexism. My conflict became even clearer because,…

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Politics 

Thank You

[OPINION] After reading Dr. King’s letter from the Birmingham jail,  I began to think about current day events.  We have been conditioned to believe that the threat to our quest for equality is our inability to  stop killing one another.  While  crime committed within the community should be addressed and taken very seriously; there is something that exists that is  a greater threat.  His letter speaks directly to that threat, ” I started thinking about the fact that I stand in the middle of two opposing forces in the Negro…

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Politics 

The Obamas

I still remember the night he won, like it was yesterday. The entire family gathered around the television in my aunts living room, nervously awaiting the results of the  2008 election.  State by state, we held our collective breath waiting for Barack Obama to be declared the winner.  Once he hit the magic number  of 270, we jumped and screamed with great excitement.  Both the old and new generation beamed with pride at our newly elected 44th African-American President Barack Hussein Obama. Our excitement reached fever pitch once Michelle, Malia…

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Finding My Place in the Movement

  Am I doing enough? This question has plagued me since the death of Trayvon Martin. I remember my kids and I packing up and heading to Sanford, Florida. That rally forever changed the way I approached issues concerning black lives.  I have come to the conclusion that everyone has a role to play in this movement for black lives. Personally,  involvement for me means attending and participating at meeting; being more knowledgeable of  laws and policies that impact black lives and bringing awareness to them; and voting.  In light…

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