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Locs Revolution. Violence against indigenous women is woven into Canada’s history. The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on 8 December the launch of a national inquiry into the approximately 1,200 documented cases of indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered over three decades.

Violence against indigenous women is woven into Canada’s history

The inquiry is a state-led response to the alarming rate of gender violence against indigenous communities across the country – a crisis that has resulted in international scrutiny of Canada’s failure to uphold the human and political rights of indigenous peoples. The announcement was received with mixed emotions. There was applause from some quarters, including members of parliament and leaders from Canada’s largest aboriginal organisation, the Assembly of First Nations, who praised Trudeau for his move towards “a total renewal of the country’s relationship with its aboriginal population.” Others have raised serious concerns about Canada’s ability to deliver justice to indigenous communities at all.

"Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino" "Not all Latinos are the same, as projects like #DefineBlack and #LatinosBreakTheMold are proving.

"Why You Should Never Assume That A Black Person Can't Be Latino"

Latinos come in many different races, and from many different parts of the world. It's that diversity that makes the Latino identity so dynamic. White Debt. The word for debt in German also means guilt.

White Debt

A friend who used to live in Munich mentioned this to me recently. I took note because I’m newly in debt, quite a lot of it, from buying a house. So far, my debt is surprisingly comfortable, and that’s one quality of debt that I’ve been pondering lately — how easy it can be. I had very little furniture for the first few months in my new house and no money left to buy any. But then I took out a loan against my down payment, and now I have a dining-room table, six chairs and a piano. ‘‘Only something that continues to hurt stays in the memory,’’ Nietzsche observes in ‘‘On the Genealogy of Morality.’’

Continue reading the main story. Type 4 - Coily Hair. Type 4 hair can range from fine and thin to wiry and coarse with lots and lots of strands densely packed together.

Type 4 - Coily Hair

Coily hair has fewer cuticle layers than any other hair type, which means that it has less protection from the damage inflicted by combing, brushing, curling, blow-drying and straightening. Type 4a is tightly coiled hair that has an "S" pattern. It has more moisture than Type 4b coils and has a visible curl pattern. The circumference of the spirals is close to that of a crochet needle. The hair can be wiry or fine-textured. Things a black kid is often taught not to do that his white friends can are heartbreaking.

Clint Smith, an amazing educator and writer, spoke at TED's annual conference about what it's like to be raised as a black child.

Things a black kid is often taught not to do that his white friends can are heartbreaking.

He shared "the talk" that black kids all across America hear from their parents: All GIFs via TED2015. As a white kid, growing up, I never got a talk like this from my parents. No one ever told me I couldn't pretend to shoot guns. No one ever told me to be extra careful around the police. For Clint and for other kids like him, "just being a kid" isn't that easy. Students adopt gender-nonspecific term 'Latinx' to be more inclusive. Anyone following the recent protests on college campuses may have noticed a word that simply didn’t exist a year or two ago -- Latinx.

Students adopt gender-nonspecific term 'Latinx' to be more inclusive

At Pomona College, for example, student activists demanded in a letter that their president meet with each of six “affinity groups.” Among them: “Latinx students.” These Latinx students are the same group who would, a year ago, have been grouped under the terms “Latina,” “Latino” or, commonly, “Latino/a” (or even “Latin@”). But, in order to escape the implicit gender binary there and include all possible gender and sexual identities, the final gender-determining syllable is increasingly being replaced with an X. And the term is quickly becoming more common. My Black Skin Is Not An Invitation — Matter. ‘Whitesplaining’: What It Is and How It Works. Frustrated businessman expression with copyspacePhoto Credit: aastock Have you ever had an experience where someone is explaining to you, maybe in a lot of detail, something you actually already know quite a lot about?

‘Whitesplaining’: What It Is and How It Works

Possibly about your own life? Shop ▾ It’s frustrating. But it’s not a random occurrence, and it’s often about power. It’s a term that’s been in high rotation over the past couple of weeks, thanks to Hollywood film star Matt Damon and Australian radio and TV personality Kyle Sandilands, whose comments around issues of racial diversity and sexuality have sparked debate around issues of white privilege and “colour-blindness”. Día de los Muertos Is Not Halloween  Back in the 1960s, the great essayist Joseph Mitchell wrote about his awe at seeing murals depicting "animated skeletons mimicking living human beings engaged in many kinds of human activities, mimicking them and mocking them....

Día de los Muertos Is Not Halloween 

I was astonished by these pictures. " He was describing, of course, the imagery of Día de los Muertos. In Mitchell's era, the Latin American holiday was exotic and largely unknown to U.S. readers, and he was performing his writerly duty of passing along intriguing cultural information to his audience. Today, we all are familiar with Día de los Muertos -- the white face paint on celebrants, the ubiquitous illustrations of grinning skulls, the small panoramas of skeleton musicians and dancers.

However, there is still great confusion in America about what this holiday actually signifies. Día de los Muertos is a time for people to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. Halloween, in contrast, long ago lost its religious and spiritual roots. 10 Films Of The African Diaspora Currently Streaming On Netflix Okayafrica. Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation On Friday, Netflix debuted its first original feature film Beasts Of No Nation on the streaming media platform and in select U.S. theaters.

10 Films Of The African Diaspora Currently Streaming On Netflix Okayafrica.

Based on the eponymous 2005 Uzodinma Iweala novel, the story follows Agu, a child soldier who plummets to unspeakable hellish depths as a bloody guerilla war ravages his nameless West African homeland. Performances by the film’s stars Idris Elba and Ghanaian newcomer Abraham Attah have already garnered a tidal wave of critical acclaim and sparked a great deal of Oscar buzz. At the same time, others, like Shadow and Act‘s Tambay A. Obenson, have expressed valid reservations about the release of “yet another film about child soldiers within the African continent (the danger of a single story).” Moviegoers are officially able to log on to Netflix and determine for themselves whether the film lives up to the massive hype.

Burning Spear - The Story. Some artists transcend the need for award, but are nonetheless deserving of decades of accolade.

Burning Spear - The Story

Burning Spear is such an artist. Hurs. Hur (Arabic: حر meaning "free", "not slave" ) is a Sufi Muslim community in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. Their spiritual leader is Pir Pagaro. Marcus Garvey - Biography - Civil Rights Activist. Marcus Garvey was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement. Synopsis Born in Jamaica, Marcus Garvey was an orator for the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, to which end he founded the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.

Garvey advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement, known as Garveyism. Garveyism would eventually inspire others, from the Nation of Islam to the Rastafari movement. Early Life Social activist Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr. was born on August 17, 1887, in St. Black explorers we should celebrate instead of Columbus. Left Column: Estevanico or Esteban, Middle Column: Juan Garrido | Pedro Alonso Niño Right Column: Abubakari II There was a time when Christopher Columbus was heavily pushed and accepted as the greatest explorer of this side of the globe. Never mind the little detail of how one could “discover” a place where people already live.

But because Europeans long ago staked claim as the dominant voice, especially of the so-called “New World,” their version of events has endured. As with every other position in the world, African peoples were explorers as well. Bring 100 Families to #RiseUpOctober. Bring 100 Families of Victims of Police Murder to #RiseUpOctober Posted by Stop Mass Incarceration Network Network · September 19, 2015 11:57 AM Above: Hear from Mertilla Jones: grandmother of Aiyana Jones - seven-year-old murdered by police while sleeping on her couch in her home in Detroit, MI.

With Juanita Young, mother of Malcolm Ferguson - murdered by police in the Bronx, NY. Above: Hear from Sharon Irwin, grandmother, and Lorien Carter, aunt, of Tony Robinson - 18-year-old murdered by police in Madison, WI. This Is the Perfect Illustration of Why Microaggressions Hurt. AFROPUNK - Photos du journal. A Mighty Girl - Photos du journal. Religious Beliefs on Dreadlocks. When most people see dreadlocks, they typically think of the Rastafari movement. But people from many ethnic groups, such as those from East Africa, West Asia and Central Asia wear them. Dreadlocks are simply matted coils of hair. A common misconception about dreadlocks is that the wearer doesn’t wash his or her hair. But this isn’t true as people with dreadlocks are able to wash their hair once a week. There are even special shampoos on the market just for dreadlocks. Peet Peeve Alert! Please stop saying “Dreadlocks”!!! In Education, Natural Hair, Socialite Says on May 19, 2011 at 8:48 am. Facebook. The Racism of Mass Incarceration, Visualized: an Interview With Bruce Western.

What Gentrification Feels Like To Those Who Actually Grew Up In Brooklyn. I want to explain to you what gentrification feels like to someone who was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Gentrification is the feeling you get when you walk down a neighborhood that used to hold all of your childhood memories, just to see it completely saturated with cafes, boutiques, and now a Starbucks. Gentrification is the utter agony you feel when your hot water is shut off 5 times a day, even though your rent and gas bill has been paid. It is knowing that you have to take a quick shower in ice cold water right before work, and if you attempted to sue the housing management, they’d turn on the hot water right away before anyone could come and do some investigation. Sanam: Cultural Appropriation is 'Actually Incredibly F***ing Insulting'

My Indian Parents Are Huge Fans of Cultural Appropriation, Even While My Generation Finds it Appalling. My Indian Parents Are Huge Fans of Cultural Appropriation, Even While My Generation Finds it Appalling. The Problems With Trainwreck’s Casual Racism. What's Wrong with Cultural Appropriation? These 9 Answers Reveal Its Harm. The black president some worried about has arrived. President Obama said the nation can no longer "close their eyes" to racial inequality in the criminal justice system as he called for reform during a speech to the NAACP's 106th National Convention on Tuesday.

When Vanilla Was Brown And How We Came To See It As White : Code Switch. Fun fact: The vines that vanilla beans grow on also produce orchids. Malcolm Manners via Flickr hide caption. 11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism. I am white. Rachel Dolezal, Caitlyn Jenner: How transgender is different from “transracial.” Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Annie Leibovitz/Vanity Fair/Handout via Reuters, Tyler Tjomsland/The Spokesman-Review via AP. Trangender vs. Transracial: Caitlyn Jenner &... Facebook. How Rachel Dolezal Just Made Things Harder for Those of Us Who Don't "Look Black" - xoVain. John Green Lists 5 Examples of Racism You Probably Didn't Know About. Racialmicroaggressions. Two Guys I've Dated Have Blown Me Off And Then Thanked Me For Helping Them, And That Hurts: Part 1 - xoJane. "That's Racist Against White People!" A Discussion on Power and Privilege. No White Tears: A Non-Guide on Dealing with Microaggressions from Your White Partner.

"That's Racist Against White People!" A Discussion on Power and Privilege. No White Tears: A Non-Guide on Dealing with Microaggressions from Your White Partner. Afropunk - Photos du journal. There Can Be No Room in this Movement for Misogyny. 96% of Americans Agree What Happened in Baltimore Will Happen Again This Summer. 10 ways white people are more racist than they realize. Facebook. Toronto Man Arrested While Depositing Money Into His own Bank Account. 'I Told My Son' - Calling black mothers and fathers to come share their stories.

Police Killing of Unarmed Native American Continues To Receive Little Media Attention. Predictors of Risky Sexual Behavior in African American Adolescent Girls: Implications for Prevention Interventions. #CrimingWhileWhite Explodes On Twitter Following Eric Garner Decision. Geisha A-Go-Go: Katy Perry’s AMAs Performance Stirs Debate. Chris Rock Talks Bill Cosby, Robin Williams And The POTUS.

Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl. 5 Ways to Face Race at the Thanksgiving Table—and Not Choke. Dear White Allies: Stop Unfriending Other White People Over Ferguson - Spectra Speaks. 12 things white people can do now because Ferguson. History of Black History Month. Victoria's Secret Does It Again: When Racism Meets Fashion.

Forever 21 Apparently Has Pulled Its Controversial Compton Shirts (PHOTOS) 11 Things White People Should Stop Saying to Black People Immediately. Screening the Male: Exploring Masculinities in Hollywood Cinema. Lui Ramirez - "Los mexicanos no nos atrevemos a aceptar y combatir... Julie Cristina - PSA: 'What are you?' Is Not an Icebreaker. Reductress - Women's News. Feminized. Your Sex Acts–And Partners–Aren’t Uplifting the Race.

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What’s the Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation? Cultural Appropriation: A conversation - Sanaa Hamid. 8 Reasons People Of Color MUST Rally For A Long Overdue “White History Month” Dear White People: Could You Please Do Something About Your Scarier White People? Stop using the word "Caucasian" to mean white - Gene Expression. Drop the “Latino” and Re-Adopt the Indigenous Label: This is Our Idle No More Movement.