Enough with playing it nice and safe in the fight against anti-Blackness.

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While following the Derek Chauvin trial, I’ve noticed one common theme that also struck me immediately following the gruesome killing of George Floyd — White people speaking out against racism after the fact. It seems that a healthy handful of White folks wait to express their outrage and disgust over racial injustice after a highly publicized or sensationalized tragedy takes place. Often, after a new hashtag begins trending on social media, a variety of tweets and posts speaking out against anti-Blackness and anti-Black violence soon follow. Which, I suppose, is fine, but very few extend far beyond their comfort zone…

The tension between manifestation and some Black Christians is real, but it shouldn’t be.

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When Oprah Winfrey first introduced self-help guru Rhonda Byrne’s book The Secret, the Law of Attraction (LOA) and its guiding philosophies quickly spread like wildfire in the pop culture space. Before long, almost everyone I knew was making plans to manifest into their lives everything from luxury cars to dream homes to their future soul mates. Currently, you would be hard-pressed not to see at least one social media post a day about drinking water, securing the bag, and manifesting your best life. But while some are quick to begin down their yellow brick road to positive thinking, a collection…

‘While some women leave their 30s in protest — kicking and screaming — thankfully, I don’t think that will be me’

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Almost every Black person has heard or repeated the saying “Black don’t crack” in a declaration of how good we look throughout the aging process. But what constitutes looking good? Minimal wrinkles, fit bodies, and the absence of grays? Or full booties, softly rounded tummies, and the friendly crinkle of crow’s feet?

As I stare 40 in the eye, contemplating these questions, growing older is not nearly as scary as I thought it would be. A younger me expected to feel beat down by my late thirties or that I would be wearing muumuus and slides. But I’m still as…

British treatment of Markle points to colorism’s pervasiveness and the unfamiliarity some lighter-skinned Black women have with its sting

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at a public event wearing a green outfit with matching hat.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, at a public event wearing a green outfit with matching hat.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attends the Commonwealth Day Service 2020 on March 09, 2020 in London, England. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

After Meghan Markle’s interview with Oprah Winfrey, handfuls of Black women immediately flooded social media to express their support and utter disgust with how she was treated during her time at Buckingham Palace — myself included. During the interview, Markle confided that while she was pregnant with Archie, the palace expressed concerns to Harry over how dark Archie’s skin might be. This was one of several jaw-dropping and glaringly racist experiences Markle shared during the interview.

But this was not the first time I felt a connection to Markle, and it was also not the first time Black women took…

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

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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.
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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

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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…

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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