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...

Colorism, what exactly is it?

Colorism, what exactly is it?
Editor's note: This article was written by Kiandria Cowart, a rising college junior, majoring in Communication and minoring African American Studies. **** Our goal is to be able to become antiracists, but we first have to become aware of all inequalities. Visit JeannePorterKing.com to read more blogs on racial inequality. Colorism is the discrimination toward darker skin people, sometimes within the same racial group and even outside of it. Colorism ha...

Just Mercy–A Review

Just Mercy–A Review
Editor's note: This review of the movie Just Mercy was written by Kiandria Cowart, a rising college junior, majoring in Communication and minoring African American Studies. **** Our goal is to be able to become antiracists, but we first have to become aware of all inequalities.  Although police brutality is a major one, it is not the only one. I believe the broader spectrum of police brutality is police misconduct, that is the wrongful con...

STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism and You – Reflections From A Young Black Woman

STAMPED: Racism, Antiracism and You – Reflections From A Young Black Woman
Editor’s note: I’d like to welcome my niece, Kiandria Cowart to the blog. Kiandria is an emerging junior at California University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Communications and minoring in African American Studies. She is also on the volleyball team... Go #7! When she’s not in the classroom or on the court, she’s usually sitting in a comfy chair, lost in her favorite books. Hear what Kiandria has to say about her latest read titled Stamped by Jason Reyno...

Black Lives Matter at Work

Black Lives Matter at Work
This has been a tough season for Black people for sure, and it is a moment of reckoning for the nation, even our world. Sustained mass protests calling for reform or radical reshaping of racist structures have caught the nation’s attention. The clarion call proclaiming “Black lives matter,” is a demand to transform the institutions that have rendered Black lives as inconsequential at the hands of out-of-control policing. Structural or systemic racism, ...

“I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary

“I Bring the Voices of My People:  A Womanist Vision For Racial Reconciliation”– My Summary
Note: On my blog site last week, I had committed to my readers to post a series of summaries of books on anti-racism and social justice.  I noted that people who have previously been silent are now asking how to learn more about racism. Others are reaching out asking how to deal with their anger and disappointment over the repeated instances of unarmed Black people being killed by police.  Others have asked how to even t...

A Call for the Wailing Women

A Call for the Wailing Women
“It’s time to call for the wailing women” Those were the words I’d hear from time to time in the church of my youth, led by my Granny and, then my Aunties.  When I went away to college and attended a church filled with strong praying women, I’d hear that refrain again: “It’s time to call for the wailing women.” When situations got tough around us, in our homes, neighborhood, communities or the nation, I was raised to “call for the wailing wom...