Talking smack at work is nothing new, but here’s how to handle it

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Have you ever walked away from an interaction with a co-worker or read an email from a supervisor that did not sit well with you but was not overtly offensive? Maybe you shrugged it off and told yourself you were overly sensitive, and perhaps you were. But the odds are that your instincts were on point. Historically, Black women have endured the brunt of both racial and gender-based discrimination, and the workspace is no different.

Although Black women and Black trans women have made tremendous strides in the workforce, we still are overrepresented among minimum-wage-earning workers, are hired and promoted…


2021 ushers in a new year of whitewashing social justice

A woman holding up a sign reading “White privilege” with arrows pointing downward.
A woman holding up a sign reading “White privilege” with arrows pointing downward.
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Call me naive, but by the start of 2021, I was still excited and waiting for the next phase of the anti-Black racism rollout and revolutionary initiatives that would call White privilege to the business carpet.

Instead, I saw many businesses and groups proceed straight to Whitewashing the movement. Their sorry and tired attempts to tackle social justice issues and anti-Blackness with milquetoast, middle-class approaches were and are both patronizing and offensive. And much worse — these half attempts at messaging both maintain White supremacy and insulate White privilege and fragility. …


Being quiet is overrated. Tiffany Haddish and Dr. Timnit Gebru spoke out, and you should too.

Tiffany Haddish.
Tiffany Haddish.
Tiffany Haddish speaks onstage for the 2020 E! People’s Choice Awards held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and on broadcast on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Photo: Christopher Polk/E! Entertainment/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Because we are positioned at the intersection of Black and female, we are often forced to endure two forms of discrimination simultaneously. And those in Hollywood or who occupy well-respected positions at Fortune 500 companies are not exempt.

Fans quickly rallied behind Tiffany Haddish after she called out the Grammys for asking her to host the preshow ceremony but refused to even pick up the tab for her hair and makeup, let alone pay her adequate compensation. The nerve. In a weird twist of fate, around the same time, one of Google’s most prominent computer researchers, artificial intelligence ethicist Timnit…


How do we reconcile the Covid-19 vaccine with our history of medical racism?

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An ambitious timeline released by the government this weekend promises to deliver 24 million Covid-19 vaccinations to Americans by mid-January. This is a good thing. Right? With the coronavirus spreading through the country and leaving illness and death in its wake, a vaccine should be a welcome relief and source of hope.

But talks of clinical trials and vaccination have only added additional stress to the hot mess that 2020 has proven itself to be for myself and my family. Not only am I skeptical, I’m also a bit terrified, and it turns out that I’m not alone. The Pew…


Trump’s base is big mad, and President-elect Joe Biden’s policies are uncertain, so don’t get too comfy

Red background close-up of Trump’s face against a question mark-shaped blue cut out of Joe Biden in foreground.
Red background close-up of Trump’s face against a question mark-shaped blue cut out of Joe Biden in foreground.
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While many supporters of President-elect Joe Biden are still relishing the sweet taste of victory, some Black folks remain cautious about what lurks around the corner and question if this is the quiet before the storm. The day the election was called was a day of celebration for many, but we have two lingering issues on our hands, the first being Donald Trump and his base. Simply put, they’re big mad about the election, and Trump is fueling their anger, making some in the Black community concerned about their physical safety should his base decide to lash out.

The second…


Despite the continuation of centuries of anti-Black violence, members of the Black community remain resilient ‘love warriors’— hopeful for equity

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When you write on anti-Black racism and pro-Whiteness, you get a lot of hate mail. I’ve gotten over 30 emailed responses to several of the articles that I have written — most of those responses have oozed with hatred and a clear, seething disgust for Blacks. But these emails pale in comparison to the ongoing killings of Black people. Although these correspondences mark my closest glimpse into the underbelly of casual anti-Black racism, the rampant disregard of Black lives is not a new phenomenon. The histrionic violence against Blacks has been as prominent a fixture in the tapestry of American…


How I protect her from Covid-19, police brutality, and sex trafficking

Black mother and daughter hug in front of a wall.
Black mother and daughter hug in front of a wall.
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The news is jarring this week, so perhaps you saw — or didn’t see — the story of the Black family in Aurora, Colorado, who were pulled over by police, had guns pulled on them, and told to lay face down on the ground while police investigated a stolen car call. The youngest child on the ground was a six-year-old wearing a pink princess tiara. Her family members ranged in age up to 17. Turns out the police pulled over the wrong car — they should’ve been looking for a stolen motorcycle instead.

Police told the mom they apologized for…


Videos of White people behaving badly aren’t new, but they are indicative of White rage, insulate White privilege, and are highly dangerous

Anti-BLM protestors clash with a BLM supporter at a counter protest.
Anti-BLM protestors clash with a BLM supporter at a counter protest.
Counter-protesters, right, clash with a George Floyd protester near the Huntington Beach Pier in Huntington Beach on Sunday, May 31, 2020 during a demonstration response to the death of George Floyd. Photo by Leonard Ortiz/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images

Viral videos of White people behaving badly are flooding social media, capturing candid moments of incoherent outbursts, racist rants, and full-on physical assaults. So much so that memes and Instagram pages have popped up by the dozens cataloging White women, with only the slightest provocation or no provocation at all, terrorizing people of color or other Whites who support people of color. While some might label these incidents as mildly disturbing and mostly entertaining, the origin of what we are witnessing is deeper than dismissing it as Whites lashing out over being asked to wear a mask. Although White boredom…


Social media has masterfully perpetuated the fetishism of the black female body under the guise of the women’s liberation movement and some of us are falling for it hook line and sinker

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A few months, Bad Girls Club veteran, Natalie Nunn, went viral after twerking in a G-sting, as ranch dressing and other random food and pantry items were poured onto her backside for all of Instagram to see.

One thought immediately came to mind, “why, Natalie, why?” But, why not, and why am I shocked? This is nothing new.

The sexual fetishism of black women dates back to slavery and social media has simply created a more nuanced and more subtle platform to keep the party going. Twerking, doing it for the gram, and the pervasive nature of social media has…


Our Daddies taught us how to love, and how give love in return

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Before he left this earth, my father taught me how to give and how to receive love. And he did so selflessly. For this Father’s Day, I want to pay tribute not only to my Daddy but all the other Black daddies who are breaking their backs to give their daughters the love and the presence they so desperately need.

I was 15 years old when my mother passed away from colon cancer. I remember my father telling me that I had to tell her that it was okay to stop fighting. Selfishly, I begged and pleaded to not give…

Maia Niguel Hoskin, Ph.D.

Professor, Forbes Contributor, Race Scholar, Activist, Therapist, Keynote Speaker, Consultant, Wife, Mother, & Addict of Ice Cream &Cheese. www.drmaiahoskin.com

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