Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence — Pt 2

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence — Pt 2
by Dr Heather Sanders In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month, Dr. Heather Sanders is providing our followers with insight into the distinct dynamics of domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, in Black communities. Last week she shared the different ways domestic violence is perpetrated in our communities. This week, she calls our attention to a recent case in the social media sphere, challenges us as women to remove the super shero cap...

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence–Pt 1

Intimate Partner Violence and Black Silence–Pt 1
By Dr. Heather Sanders This topic is so massive, layered, overwhelming––met with racial, historical, intersectional intricacies, it is difficult to know where to rightfully break-in. Nonetheless, this is where I will begin. First, it is important to establish this fundamental reality––there is no fixed set of perpetrators and victims of intimate partner violence within the Black community. They are widely varied and are not specific to gender, sexua...

#BlackWomen’sLivesMatter

#BlackWomen’sLivesMatter
Today I declare that Black women’s lives matter.  I don’t understand how a young woman could be killed in her own home and no one be at fault. I don’t understand laws that could be interpreted in such a way that leave no one to be held accountable for her death.  But what I know is that Breonna Taylor's life mattered.  As does mine, and the life of every Black woman reading this post. That Breonna Taylor lived matters. How she died matters. The...

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Women Leaders

Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Women Leaders
If you focus on the barriers—and they are everywhere—you’ll get overwhelmed and even use them as excuses for not moving toward your goal. Instead focus on your goal, look at where you are and where you want to go and break that down into manageable goals. Make that your focus, not the barriers. ~Executive Woman Leader Leading in any organization these days can be challenging, especially for women. Faced with the intersectional barriers of race, gender...

Brenda Salter-McNeil’s Becoming Brave—A Call To Change

Brenda Salter-McNeil’s Becoming Brave—A Call To Change
To say I’m elated over my friend Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter-McNeil's new book, Becoming Brave: Finding the Courage to Pursue Racial Justice Now, would be an understatement.   This is truly a kairos moment for Dr. Brenda, as so many people affectionately call her, as well as for each of us.   She describes this moment in her book:  “the appointed time can perhaps best be understood as a time when the circumstances of life are so mammoth as...

Aunt Jeanne & the Nieces: Closing Out Our Anti-racism Series

Aunt Jeanne & the Nieces: Closing Out Our Anti-racism Series
In our summer anti-racism series we aimed to introduce you to books and videos on race and racism. Many believe, and I concur, we are in the midst of a “racial reckoning” in this country. To reckon with the racialized reality of this country you have to know the truth of our history and its impact on us today. Our series featured books and videos that highlighted that history as well as shared some perspectives about the lingering effects of that h...

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table — My Top Five Lessons Learned by Kristen Cowart

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table —  My Top Five Lessons Learned by Kristen Cowart
Editor's note: This week I am happy to bring my sister Kristen into our series! She recently read a book called The Memo that shares tips on navigating the corporate culture as a Black woman. **** When I graduated college in 2015, nobody told me I would soon enter the world of office politics. Nor did anybody give me a heads up that my experiences as a Black woman in the workplace would be different from my White counterpar...

I’M STILL HERE: BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS–A REVIEW

I’M STILL HERE: BLACK DIGNITY IN A WORLD MADE FOR WHITENESS–A REVIEW
Editor's note: I enjoyed reading this book! It was a different and refreshing style of writing. The author, Austin Channing Brown is a young Black woman that writes as if she is speaking straight to you. Until I read her book, I didn't realize how much energy I put into protecting white feelings. Perhaps you're like me and need someone to tell you the truth. *** During the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement, White people were surprised ...

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Kayla Austin

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Kayla Austin
Editor’s Note: Hi everyone! This week I am happy to introduce another young and vocal activist Kayla Austin to our Anti-Racism series with her review of The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Kayla Austin is a rising senior boarding student at Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan outside of Detroit. She is a passionate creator, influencer, entrepreneur, film maker, and inventor. She plays both the Varsity Basketball and Track tea...

The Hate U Give– My Comparison by Taylor Porter

The Hate U Give– My Comparison by Taylor Porter
Hi everyone! My name is Kiandria and I'm interning for JeannePorterKing.com for the summer. I've been writing for this blog in the Anti-racism series, with the help of Kristen Cowart who served as editor. Now I’ll be editing and managing the blog. This week, I am introducing my cousin Taylor Porter. Taylor is an upcoming junior at Columbus School for Girls in Bexley, Ohio and is on the school volleyball team as an outside hitter! She is a member of the B...