Black Politics in Trump’s America

By | General

A month after Trump was sworn in as President, many people wondered out loud about the fragile state of black citizenship rights. The New America Think Tank convened a dynamic panel which was broadcast on CSPAN.  Official description: Black America’s voter participation rates reached historic highs in order to help…

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The State of Civil Rights in the Obama Era

By | Academic

As Obama’s last months of being POTUS were coming to an end–a conference of academics and policymakers was assembled at Harvard University Kennedy School to evaluate his legacy. Click on this CSPAN link for my panel! Panelists include: Douglas Blackmon, Megan Francis, Matthew Pratt-Guteral, Clarissa Martinez de Castro, Ronald Sullivan,…

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Final 2016 Presidential Debate Analysis w/ Democracy Now!

By | Academic

A professional highlight of mine was being in-studio with the team at Democracy Now! The debate night special entitled “War, Peace and the Presidency” featured an exciting group of guests including: Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner, the chair of Princeton’s African American Studies department Eddie Glaude, the Institute of Policy…

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Seattle: Lets Talk About Race!

By | Academic

In October & November, I participated in two community forums. The first was about race and policing and the second was about being black in a liberal white city. Both events were held at Naked Brewery and Taphouse and part of the ‘Think & Drink‘ series hosted by the non-profit…

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Do Foundations Co-opt Civil Rights Organizations?

By | General

Pleased to contribute some of my in-progress research to a forum which examines the role of philanthropy in lessening inequality. Check the article here. A preview: “In 2015, protection of black bodies from state sanctioned violence remains an unmet challenge for civil rights groups committed to racial equality. As many…

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Passing, the NAACP, and Rachel Dolezal

By | Academic
Over the past 24hours there has been a firestorm waging on social media and in mainstream news about the story of Rachel Dolezal...the story of how a white woman passed for many years as a black woman and how she became head of the Spokane, WA branch of the NAACP....
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Facebook HQ Visit

By | General

Facebook Headquarters is something like a grown up Disneyland…a magical social media world w/ free food, coffee and its own enclosed world of everything awesome. I def ‘liked’ it! I was invited to give my perspective on the current state of race and violence on March 12, 2015 by “Black@Facebook” – Facebook’s…

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