Black History Month is behind us and spring is on the horizon but as we head into the Ides of March here are a few things to chew on 1) Black history is American history and American history is Black history. 2) Let’s commit to learning more about the hidden…

Just in time for Black History Month, I recount one of my favorite microaggressions

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There are so many microaggressions and racist experiences in the life of a Black person that it’s hard to choose just one. And while I’ve never been called the N-word (to my face), one thing that has always felt akin to the slur is that moment when your very existence…

But their contributions are not taught in history books

In news that will likely not surprise you, a lot of Black history has been suppressed in an attempt to erase the contributions made by Black folk in America — like the wealth accumulated by Black Californians during the Gold Rush era — as well as to ignore many atrocities…

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The $22.5 million settlement is a stark contrast from how two Black employees were treated when they spoke out

In what was likely seen as a nice step forward for women fighting gender discrimination in the workplace, particularly at the often all-male C-suite level, former Pinterest chief operating officer Françoise Brougher received a $22.5 million settlement, the largest of its kind to date. …

Steven John Irby’s ‘41 to ’99: A Photo Essay’ sets the stage for Ava DuVernay’s LEAP

Before George Floyd and the many others we marched for this year, there was Amadou Diallo, who was shot 19 times in the doorway of his Bronx, New York, apartment by plainclothed officers 21 years ago. The four officers involved were acquitted. …

Last month, a page in a nursing textbook showed how some medical professionals are being encouraged to treat patients based on racial stereotypes that presume that people of different backgrounds have different responses to pain. According to a piece by Project HBE, the intention behind the image featured in the…

Akilah Cadet is working to dismantle White supremacy one corporation at a time

Akilah Cadet, who has proudly dubbed herself “the Olivia Pope of diversity,” has been in high demand after a summer of reckoning for many companies that realize now is a great time to ensure they have strategies in place to create a more diverse environment and support their BIPOC employees…

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Like so many other events this year, this…

Professor Cassi Pittman Claytor’s ongoing study hopes to ensure shoppers can have a less biased experience

This year’s holiday shopping season will surely be different due to Covid-19 and the impact it’s had on a slew of people, both financially — many Americans are still struggling and out of work — and for others in their willingness (or unwillingness) to head out to stores when we’re…

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