By

Margaree Jackson
Havana, Cuba: June 27, 1995 – Rodolfo Rensoli, hip-hop artist, and cultural promoter, nervously prepared for the first–ever Cuban Rap Festival. There had never been a collective space for Cuban hip-hop artists to share their messages to the masses due to earlier government restrictions on the genre. Once the event began, Rensoli was filled with hope. The turnout exceeded his expectations.  Hailing from a family of educators, Rensoli is a firm believer that every human being...
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No one imagined this year we would be experiencing a global pandemic. No one guessed the toll COVID-19 would take on Black girls and women. No one imagined that colleges would be virtual for the rest of the semester and graduations would be celebrated virtually. Yet, it happened. There are many stories about how COVID-19...
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“Lo siento, pero su hija no puede practicar ballet porque tiene el pie plano.”   “I’m sorry, but your daughter cannot practice ballet because she has flat feet.”  The teacher and all of her ballet students in the class were white. Yamay “La Fina” Mejías Hernández and her mother were the only Black people in the...
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Try to imagine being born to an indigenous[1] family in Guatemala. Your community has faced persecution and violence for years just for being alive. You desperately look for a safe place to raise your family and you think you’ve found a place you can call home—Mississippi. You legally cross the border seeking asylum. You find...
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Lots of people say being around toddlers is fun. They talk for hours, love to play and explore and like to think they’re big kids. However, the night Emira Tucker babysat 2-year-old Briar Chamberlain was no fun at all. Emira started her day like any other. She went to work and later attended a best...
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“What are your future plans?” This is the question I can say I hear the most nowadays, especially since this is my last semester of college. As a Type A personality who loves to have everything perfectly planned out, this question makes me a little uncomfortable at times. People say college will be some of...
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Dolls lined along the floor, chalk in hand, lesson planed. Daphne Chamberlain, Ph.D., recalls the day she got in trouble for writing on her door with chalk while teaching her dolls. This memory would come to play an important role in leading Chamberlain to find her calling. Chamberlain, however, did not always want to teach....
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Many girls dream of owning a business and becoming a #boss. Sixteen-year-old Brayden Graham never imagined that a Christmas shopping trip would lead to her becoming a CEO. Brayden Graham created B Graham Beauty after being disappointed with the ingredients listed  in bath bombs that were allegedly “all natural.” As if  having harmful ingredients that...
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Florinda Soriano Muñoz aka “Mama Tingó” – Dominican activist and defender of rural farmer’s land rights. Zulia Mena – women’s rights activist and first Afro-Colombian congresswoman. Maria Elena Moyano – Peruvian activist for low-income families and president of the Federación Popular de Mujeres de Villa El Salvador (Popular Women’s Federation of Villa El Salvador. As...
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Langston Hughes once said, “But this is the mountain standing in the way of any true Negro art in America–this urge within the race toward whiteness, the desire to pour racial individuality into the mold of American standardization, and to be as little Negro and as much American as possible.” As I walked into A...
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