Black Lives Matter

In 2012, I was a mere 12 year-old middle schooler, and my biggest concern in life was what I was going to have for dinner. That all changed on February 26, 2012, the day 17 year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin was fatally shot. The months following the death of Trayvon Martin were a turning point in my...
At this years’ BET Awards Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams delivered a heart wrenching speech urging Black people to not accept conditional freedom and explaining the necessity for celebrities to use their platforms to make a change. While the focus of the speech was a reflection on...
UPDATE: Black Lives Matter activist Jasmine Richards has been released from jail on bail. Last week, Black Lives Matter Pasadena chapter founder Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 3 months for trying to save someone from the potential dangers of law enforcement. Through this act, the justice system...
On Sunday, February 7th, Beyoncé made a powerful statement during her performance at the Super Bowl, a day after releasing her song Formation , where she touched on historical and still-present issues of structural racism. Photo credit: Tony Webster After the performance, Ronnisha Johnson and...
For the first fifteen minutes of my daughter's school day, I read to her in her kindergarten classroom. Since the New Year, her requests have been to read about Martin Luther King Jr., Bessie Smith, and Nelson Mandela. These are books that she can find right by the front door in her classroom...
This week brought more reflection about the state of the Black Lives Matter movement, protests in many cities, and the tragedy of a police killing in Oakland for the third time since June. The Bail Trap Kalief Browder’s story showed many the horrors of the bail system. This article documents...