When designers Carl Jones and T.J. Walker launched the Cross Colours clothing line in Los Angeles in 1989, the pair had no idea it would infiltrate television and hip hop, revolutionize the fashion industry, and impact African American street culture. Now, thirty years later, the California African American Museum (CAAM) is hosting an exhibit to canonize the fashion brand, titled Cross Colours: Black Fashion in the 20th Century.
In 2010, Chastity Jones eagerly accepted a job offer from Catastrophe Management Solutions as a customer service representative. The offer, however, came with one caveat—she had to cut off her locs. Jones refused, and the company rescinded its job offer.
To the literary community, Toni Morrison was a trailblazing giant. To her family, she was a beloved mother, grandmother, auntie, and of course, accomplished writer. To black women writers, she was both: a cherished icon and literary mother who revolutionized how black people — and black women in particular — were portrayed in American literature. Three black writers spoke with The Riveter about how Morrison impacted their lives, careers and perspectives on motherhood.
My interest—and eventual success—in American pageants was unexpected: Early pageants weren’t created for young Black women like me, and my teenage interests preferred books to beauty. Yet my participation in inner beauty pageants—I was Miss Teen of California (1995–1996) and the first African-American to be named Miss Teen of America (1996–1997)—introduced me to the world of pageantry and compelled me to prepare for the local Miss America competition
Then 10-year-old Adeela Gokal was 5, most people couldn’t understand her. “She had difficulty finding the right words,” says Alison Gokal, Adeela’s mom. When referencing objects, Adeela might say, “The thing with the thing.”
Her parents figured it was something she would grow out of.
Some artists are lauded for the quality of work, while others are praised for its impact. Photographer Kwame Brathwaite is celebrated for both. In the '50s and '60s, when segregation loomed triumphantly and black musicians’ album covers celebrated white faces in lieu of black ones, Brathwaite set out to capture the beauty of Harlem’s black residents via photos.
As a 3-year-old, before I could even spell, I scribbled furiously in the notebooks I kept clutched at my side. My mom says it was a sign that I was going to become a writer. In honor of National Author’s Day (Nov. 1), I interviewed several California authors to discover what similar traits, if any, they displayed as children. Here are six signs that your child is a budding author:
I will never forget the moving 2014 episode of ABC's How To Get Away With Murder where powerhouse attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) removed her wig while preparing for bed. In this rare moment of vulnerability, Annalise gave us a glimpse of the world-weary person beneath the perfectly manicured facade, one that was complete with hair textures white people in white-collar professions understand.
In 2002, football player Brian Banks’s dream of playing for USC and the NFL was cut short when he was falsely accused of raping a fellow high school student. After Banks served a nearly-six-year prison sentence, he petitioned the California Innocence Project to take up his case. The organization helped him mount new evidence that caused the district attorney to dismiss all of the charges against him in 2012. "Brian Banks" depicts how Banks (played by actor Aldis Hodge) fought to prove his inn...
My favorite books when I was a preteen included the Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley High series, as well as “Where the Red Fern Grows.” I still cry every time I think about Old Dan and Little Ann. But now, as a part-time language arts instructor, I don’t teach most of the books I read as a child.
The election of Donald Trump beckoned American Christianity to examine its beliefs, flaws, and priorities, while highlighting a division that runs deeper than one—or two—presidential elections. In his timely book, The Color of Compromise: The Truth About The American Church’s Complicity in Racism, author Jemar Tisby presents a detailed historical account of the church’s many failings and limited successes combating racism within and beyond its walls.
Managing ‘Cultural Taxation’ and Combating Burnout: Tips and Resources for Underrepresented Faculty and Staff
Work-related burnout is so prevalent that it’s now recognized as a condition by health officials. Burnout among workers from underrepresented groups presents its own unique challenges. Experts, however, say you can prevent and recover from burnout if you recognize the signs and implement key self-care practices.
In high school, I wasn’t that girl — the pretty, popular girl whom all the guys liked. I was that other girl — the smart, glasses-wearing girl who was voted Teacher’s Pet and Most Likely to Succeed. Anyone could be beautiful, I told myself.
Comedian and actor Amanda Seales' Instagram profile says it all: "I'm not 4 everyone."
Neither is her first HBO comedy special, which Seales kicks off by telling you exactly who it's for: "It's for my sistahs! But it's comedy, so it's really for everybody... Okay — maybe not everybody. Everybody except for racists, rapists, sexists, misogynists, narcissists, you know — folks that are calling the police on black folks for just living our lives."
No matter how many #girlpower and #girlboss hashtags trend, or how many women’s marches are held, the statistics about females in the workplace remain: Women are still making 80.5 cents to a man’s dollar, across the board (according to data from the United States Census Bureau). Get tips on how to fight for fair pay.