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Unpacking “The Coolest Monkey” in The Donald’s “Shitholes”

Last week, Africa and the Diaspora suffered two highly public attacks on “the content of our character”: one from the economic sector and one from the political sector of the western world. First, Swedish fashion retailer H&M put out an ad featuring a beautiful chocolate brown boy wearing that now-infamous “coolest monkey in the jungle”…

Seven Reasons to Overcome All Objections to Celebrating Kwanzaa

Habari gani? That’s a Kiswahili phrase meaning “what’s the news?” It is a common greeting used during Kwanzaa, the seven-day, African-American festival created in 1966 by Maulana Karenga (born Ron Everett), who is also the founder of US (United Slaves), a cultural organization based in Los Angeles. When someone says habari gani, you respond by…

Surviving the Holidays When You’re “A Lil Different”

Are you the vegetarian in a family of omnivores? Do you believe Western holidays are pagan/the white man’s lies/unbiblical, etc.? You want to babywear and breastfeed instead of giving your infant pecan pie and letting every distant relative hold her? Maybe you’re in a nontraditional relationship, or in some other way, you’re “a lil different”…

Buy Black Friday: A Proactive Way to $pend this Holiday

Here it comes… Black Friday. The biggest shopping day that kicks off the biggest shopping season in recorded human history. Over the past few years, social media memes like this one have circulated calling for a holiday “Blackout” –  an economic boycott intended to hit America in the pockets as a response to continued police…