If you were scrolling through Twitter this past weekend, you may have seen people posting adorable photos of themselves and their significant others to celebrate love between people of color. Twitter user @PoCBeauty started the hashtag #PoCInLove on Saturday, and it quickly went viral as other users began tweeting adorable photos of themselves with their partners.
A broad, multiracial coalition of progressive millennial leaders on Wednesday endorsed Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for the chair of the Democratic National Committee.
They hope that he will make the party establishment more inclusive of the movements they are powering.
The coalition, which includes backers of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns, organizations affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and organizers of the Women’s March on Washington, said Ellison, a black Muslim representing Minnesota’s Fifth Congressional district in Minneapolis, has tapped into their demographic in a way that others haven’t.
“We believe he can activate the millennial base of the party by working with the movements we have powered,” the coalition wrote in an endorsement letter published Tuesday night on Medium. Read more (2/22/17 10:56 AM)
As an African-American woman in America, I can tell you how our country was founded. But when I was much younger, I didn’t know where my black roots came from. What I could tell you, though, was that according to the Constitution, I was once considered 3/5 of a person. Growing up, outside my household, I struggled with not feeling represented in the classroom and history books. This caused me to struggle to piece together my identity as a young, black woman navigating my formative years. To fill this void, I turned to author and poet #MayaAngelou for answers.
As a pre-teen, I was interested in the literature my mother read in her African-American studies college courses. On Sunday mornings, while she and I set out to style my hair for the week ahead, I would peek at what she was reading. When I read “Caged Bird” for the first time, I fell in love with the way Angelou used her negative life experiences to create something beautiful, raw, and honest. Although the words expressed a deep sense of loneliness, they provided the outlet I needed in my monotonous suburban life.
My mother continued to share Angelou’s poems with me, and reading them allowed me to bridge the gap and form my own opinion of what it means to be a black American. It was through “Still I Rise” that I was taught to fight through adversity and recognize that although slavery is a part of my history, that’s not where my family’s story began. My culture is full of nuances that aren’t confined to the characterization of slaves. This blighted, painful part of history has allowed creatives like Angelou to create works of art that teach others and allow us to heal.
Through Maya Angelou, I’ve learned to embrace my blackness and use my voice to tell stories. Women like her have lit a fire in this generation—we’re not afraid to speak our minds and share why our pain as a collective is substantial. We have also proven that we can blaze past that pain in how we portray our narrative. You could say Maya Angelou taught me about #blackgirlmagic even before I knew I had it in me. — Allanah Dykes