Browsing Black History

Browsing Black History

What The Natural Hair Movement Looked Like Before Influencers

In the 2000s, early message boards served as platforms for Black women to create a community around their natural hair—and life experiences.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.27.19
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How Black Women Made GIFs Into a Language of Self-Expression

GIFs give voice to Black women who, because of their shared erasure and oppression, often communicate in a silent dialogue.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.20.19
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How Black Queers Made 'Sis' a Gender Neutral Term of Endearment

"Sis" is an evolved expression, rooted in the Christian church and revolutionized by queer Black people—and it's not a term everyone can or should use.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.13.19
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Afrofuturism: The Radical Genre Imagining a Future for Black People

Afrofuturism imagines alternative possibilities for Black people through works grounded in the harsh realities of present day. Could their creations help inspire better real-world futures?
Tajja Isen
2.12.19
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On Turning Racist White People into Memes to Cope with Collective Trauma

While names like #BBQBecky and #PoolsidePete are catchy (and funny), many believe the terms for white people weaponizing 911 calls against Black people in blatantly innocuous situations is a form of dealing with pain.
Starrene Rhett Rocque
2.6.19
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How the Internet Became a Playground for Exploiting Black Creators

Fortnite, owned by Epic Games, is currently in litigation with Black creators over the use of their dance moves. But the video game company is not the first to mine Black digital ingenuity for profit.
Shamira Ibrahim
2.4.19
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Why White Allyship Isn't Enough

Feminista Jones' new book "Reclaiming Our Space" delves into modern Mammys, Twitter trolls, and the difference between white allyship and advocacy.
Danielle Kwateng-Clark
2.4.19