Black Lives Matter, Mental Health Matters

One of the pillars of Black Wednesdays is to develop and share best practices for maintaining mental and physical health in face of racial violence and police brutality. July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Black Wednesdays connected with mental health advocate Rwenshaun Miller to discuss breaking the stigma around mental illness in the black community. Since being…

Word Up

The Wednesday Word is back after a long hiatus. We definitely need to use it more strategically. A few months ago, we instituted #BBS or the Black Business Spotlight, it’s been quite successful. Turns out, we know a plethora of young black folks in business. Outside of some basics like Hulu or Netflix, there is literally…

So you want to be an ally….

Other than hate crimes and white tears, last Tuesday’s election result exposed a lot of truth. While many activists took the attitude of “SSDD,” most of liberal America was shocked to the core. The silver lining? Well, the shitty makeup that covered injustice is slowly melting off. A few of the blind, now see the…

Carol’s Reflection

  November 9, 2016 The Day After… And so it was, on this day, Americans choose Donald Trump for President. How did we arrive here? It feels a though we are stepping back into the Stone Age. Personally, I am having a crisis of faith.  Everything my parents and Christian family taught me counts for…

Moving a Movement: Takeaways from Bobby Seale

Following the Great Migration and Jim Crow era, black and brown people in America’s inner cities continued to face subhuman treatment at the hands of law enforcement. People of color were dealt the worst hand when it came to community services, access to healthcare, and public education. Fifty years ago, in October 1966, Bobby Seale…

We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For — Discover

Thoughts on NativeinDC: “Despite the terrifying idea of this pipeline going through…what’s beautiful about all of this is how the people have come together, to support Standing Rock, to support everyone at camp, to support our youth, and have made such a wonderful community at Sacred Stone.” via We Are What Our Ancestors Prayed For —…

Not Everyone Gets a Hashtag: The True Story of Deena and Darius

A true account of police violence in Washington, D.C. SATURDAY It was March 1, 2014. For Deena and Darius*, it was a regular Saturday in Washington, D.C.  The couple spent most of the day watching classic comedies and being glowingly unproductive.  Both in the spirit to keep the “party” going, they ventured to the nearby grocery…

Going white for #blackwednesdays

I am an advocate for #blackwednesdays, but tomorrow, I am wearing white because of my faith. Tomorrow is Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish faith. It is a day of solemn reflection, during which we atone for our sins and ask forgiveness (both from God and…

Nina State Of Mind

Have you started thinking about your black outfit for Wednesday? #blackwednesdays #wearyourblack Have you started thinking about your black outfit for Wednesday? #blackwednesdays #wearyourblack #NinaSimoneMood A post shared by Black Wednesdays (@blkwednesdays) on Oct 2, 2016 at 6:51pm PDT

NC Law Set to Block Public from Police Video Footage, Effective Next Week

Many of us tuned in last week when footage showing the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott surfaced. Originally, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief, Kerr Putney did not release the footage. After Mr. Scott’s family shared a video and massive public outcry, the video was released on September 24. Viewers would say that without a doubt, Mr. Scott was killed by CMPD, while…