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Top 5 Challenges #BlackLivesMatter Is Facing

In my final installment of “After the Fire” for The Root, I take a look at the five biggest challenges facing this growing movement. From issues of division to the insidious nature of racism itself, the challenges are many. Continue reading

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#BlackVotersMatter: How the Social Justice Movement Is Influencing Politics

In my third part of the “After the Fire” series for The Root I touch on politics, #BlackLivesMatter and the current social justice movement. In “Black Voters Matter,” I talk to several people, including Van Jones, Rev. William Barber II, Jeff Johnson, Patrisse Cullors, Charlene Carruthers, Cornell William Brooks and many more. Check it out. Continue reading

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#BlackLivesMatter Isn’t Leaderless, But “Leader-full”

In the second installment of the After the Fire series for The Root, I take a look at two different styles of movement leadership — one with a strong central figure and one that is decentralized and community-based. Black Lives Matter is built out of the community base model. In this story, I speak with organizers and activists out of Ferguson, WyzeChef and Netta, as well as Rev. Al Shaprton and we go over some of the historical tension between BLM adherents and Sharpton that culminated last year during a rally in D.C. Continue reading

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On #BlackLivesMatter and “How to Burn What Can’t Catch Fire”

For The Root a first in a series of long-form pieces by your truly started running this Sunday. The stories, as part of “After the Fire” series, go in-depth about the state of the movement, where its been, where it’s headed and what it’s facing. The first story, “How to Burn What Can’t Catch Fire,” looks the brief, unfinished history of digital movements around racial justice. Upcoming pieces will look at divisions, politics and challenges. Continue reading

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All Aboard the Bipolar Express

Fear of #DrivingWhileBlack and the Death of Sandra Bland

Most of my friends and family know I have a fear of driving, especially on the highway. I didn’t always have this fear. It manifested over several years, worsening to the point that I gave up my car. The tragedy of Sandra Bland once again reminds that even during the most routine situations — driving — safety is an illusion if you’re black and in America. And it is knowing that safety is an illusion — especially when behind the wheel of a car —┬áthat is at the root of my fears. I wrote about this for The Root Thursday. Continue reading

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Uh Oh, Here Comes An Annoying Backlash Over #BlackLivesMatter

For The Root Thursday I wrote a story about the stupid backlash online over Bree Newsome climbing a pole in South Carolina and taking down the Confederate flag and how the arguments used against her are the same arguments people always lob at activists (you did it for the fame/money/attention), because people don’t understand activism or the types of people drawn to it. Continue reading

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A Relic of Our Segregationist Past or “Southern Pride?”

For The Root on Tuesday I penned an explainer on the Confederate flag, including facts like how the flag we see the most isn’t actually the official flag of the Confederacy, but a North Virginia battle flag, and how the flag only became popular as desegregation gained steam. I also write about what it will take to get the flag removed from South Carolina’s state grounds — a majority vote from the South Carolina legislature. Check it out. Continue reading

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