The Legacy of Naya Rivera

Today, the world continues to mourn the death of actress Naya Rivera. Rivera is best known for her role on GLEE as one of the trailblazing characters on TV, Santana Lopez, where she played a lesbian latinx; pushing LGBTQ+ representation in a time where there wasn’t a lot. Her body was found on July 13th, 2020 in Ventura County, California but many of her fans, family and friends had been in deep despair from July 8th, 2020, when news of her disappearance was first reported.  Naya’s career began at the…

#BlackOutParchman is a MOVEMENT!

As cities are protesting around the country, online, and in the streets, there is a movement going on behind the penitentiary walls of Mississippi. People who are being held captive inside of Parchman Penitentiary are calling out for statewide prison reform. #BLACKOUTPARCHMAN is a boycott. A boycott that means to spread throughout male and female prisons throughout the state. This boycott comes as a direct retaliation against Governor Tate Reeves. On July 1, 2020, SB 2123, the Mississippi Correctional Safety and Rehabilitation Act was adopted by the MS House and…

Trigger Warning Bodycam Footage of Muhammad Muhaymin Jr.’s tragic encounter with Phoenix Police Finally Surfaces

Trigger Warning. This video contains images that will be tough to witness for some viewers. He told them He couldn’t breathe. This encounter was truly avoidable and unnecessary. It all began when Muhammad Muhaymin, Jr. wanted to use a community bathroom. Muhaymin has a service dog that is always with him and the security guard was refusing to let Muhaymin into the restroom. Muhaymin was calm and clear the entire time as he expressed his desire to use the restroom. The police subsequently came – placed a knee on Muhaymin’s…

Black Communities Arrested by Environmental Racism: An overview of the waves of Revolution and Reconstruction in America

By I. Malik Saafir, President & CEO of The Southern Renaissance A panoramic view of environmental racism allows Black Americans to see their communities through seven lenses of justice: housing, education, employment, healthcare, recreation, and religion.   Environmental justice gives Americans a panoramic view of environmental racism from the perspective of Black Americans. The history of this kind of panoramic view of racism can be traced back to what I call the First Wave of the Civil Rights Movement, a time when Black Americans first experienced racism through the seven lenses…

Black Nerds Aren’t Immune To Police Brutality

I love labeling myself a black nerd or a blerd. I assiduously wear it as a badge of honor. That label, that honor means so much to me, that I have the words “Black Nerd” tattooed in the inner part of my upper right arm. It means a lot because it helps define who I am. But being a black nerd or being labeled as “different” isn’t based on love for comic books, or Star Wars, or classical music, or anime, or Game of Thrones or physics. No, it simply…