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    Sister, Sister: An Investigation of the Black Woman, the Media, and the Fight for Visibility

    By Tre Johnson @trejohns1978

    Insecure does something different than its network predecessors Sex and The City and Girls. As Issa Rae and her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji), navigate a world that doesn’t seem designed for them, it gives these two women a complex relationship that is the core romance on the show. With Insecure, their relationship is intent on building each other up because of their respective insecurities, a dynamic that succeeds in ways that the SATC and Girls never consistently do, and gives Issa and Molly a roundedness the other shows don’t possess.

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    The Other Side of Children's Literature

    By Brittany J. Thurman @janeebrittany

    As a children’s librarian, I am aware of the lack of diverse books on bookshelves. I lead story time for toddler’s, preschoolers and school-age children. I try to pick out books that reflect the diversity of our population and the unique attributes that come with each individual child. Often, I find myself reading the same stories, repeatedly. Stories such as I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont,The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats and Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler.

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    Revisiting Isaac Hayes’ “Black Moses”

    By Marcus K. Dowling @marcuskdowling

    Black Moses by Isaac Hayes is the one thing you’re not listening to right now that demands your attention. In the post-Trump age, Black people can have Iyanla Vanzant fix our broken lives or we can all listen to Isaac Hayes’ magnificent performance on “Ike’s Rap II” from his groundbreaking and iconic 1971 album and achieve the same result. Hayes’ album succeeds at being an artistic encapsulation of the feeling of escape from bondage, reclaiming a sense of self, and recasting existing norms that limit black expression into transcendent moments of exertion of Black power-as-strength controlling music as an ultimate force.

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    Colonization by Citizenship

    By Manuel Bernal

    United States citizenship does not make you American. United States citizen is a technical term while American is a loaded word with specific implications. The implication, of course, is whiteness. Citizenship does not create birthright to whiteness nor does it generate naturalized whiteness. You are still brown, you still have an accent, you still have a fully non-white name, you will still be othered and you and your children for generations to come will still be perpetual foreigners. Don’t forget, for one second, that when you are awarded that N 550/ N560/ N 570 document, that it is not a transfer of complete access, it is only a technical transfer. You are a United States citizen on paper but culturally, socially, politically, and economically, you will always be non-American. And even when you get los papeles, white America will still resent you and they will resent your children.

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    The "Non-Traditional" Student

    By Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez @priscadorcas

    Post-Trump has me thinking a lot about why this particular election feels violent and why I feel so confused about my identity, my place in this world, and my voice. Trump’s presidency ran on an agenda that made white privilege into “white oppression,” meaning that instead of accepting that whiteness allows a certain amount of privilege Trump has given white people permission to feel oppressed. And despite the irony of that statement, it still managed to work. So lemme remind you that white privilege is real, and this applies to anyone who feels confused about the results of this election and who has imagined white oppression and felt validated by Trump’s win.

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