Allison Gaines
Womanist who ♥︎s words bylines @ Zora, Level, Momentum — EIC of Cultured, AfroSapiophile, CoFounder of #WEOC ☕️


If you don't support civil rights, it's time to keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s name out of your mouth

Birmingham police take Martin Luther King Jr., Rev Ralph Abernathy in for questioning (1962) | via Smithsonian

Ever since the federal government declared January 17th a national holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., many White people have misquoted his words, twisting them into a colorblind fantasy that goes against the very spirit of his life's work. …


A deep dive into censorship motives throughout history and right now

Photo by Freddy Kearney on Unsplash

First, before we get into motivations for book burning and censorship, let me first say that burning books in 2021 is one of the silliest aberrations of conservative think tanks. It's not like back in the day where words only lived on delicate pages caged within a hard body. We…

To communicate effectively, you have to control your tone. Here’s how to do that.

Image: Westend61/Getty Images

A couple of months ago, I read a story about blackface. Initially, I felt relieved that someone was bringing attention to this issue.

Then, sentence after sentence, I realized my initial assumptions, based on the title, fell short. To my surprise, this article supported blackface. As a Black writer, I…


Seeing a Black version of a White classic series has some folks flustered. Let's unpack this.

Photo Credit | Laura Kariuki, Elisha Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, and Dule Hill star as the Williams family via ABC

White folks are used to seeing themselves on TV. Let's face it. Back in 1988, when the original Wonder Years series aired, mainstream American television focused on telling the same coming-of-age story. Boy meets girl — scratch that — White boy meets girl was the premise of dozens of series…


This violent attack exposes the long-held opposition to a multiracial democracy

Riot in New Orleans 900 block of Canal Street| Photo Credit | The Historic New Orleans Collection

Anybody shocked at the modern-day voter suppression tactics doesn’t know enough about American history. And the attacks on Critical Race Theory show most White conservatives prefer to keep it that way. Suppressing Black votes has always been about maintaining power in the hands of wealthy, White men. When anyone challenges…


Another empty gesture that fails to address modern-day lynchings

Family photo of Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley at Christmas 1954 | Photo via Chicago Tribune

Another day, another empty gesture. The Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley Congressional Gold Medal Act passed Congress, so it looks like Emmett Till will posthumously receive a gold medal. A Republican, Sen. Burr, Richard of North Carolina, introduced the bill. But, this same Republican does not support H.R.55, the Emmett…


McConnell doesn't think so. A Freudian slip exposed the GOP's perspective on Black voters. Let's unpack this.

A seated black soldier, frock coat, gloves | Photo Credit | Library of Congress

Black men and women built America from the ground up. There was never a time when America existed without Black people. "Africans were brought to the Americas' specifically for their labor,' and their descendants remain 'the most exploited and unequal component of the emerging modern capitalist labor force.' Black people…


Confronting Ron DeSantis' push to pass the Individual Freedom Act in Florida

Black Men Weighing Cotton 1905 | Photo Credit | Library of Congress

America is in a battle with itself, and the rest of the world is watching to see what values bubble up to the surface. Will we be a country where children's education is limited by white fragility or embrace a multiracial lens? In other words, can we only read books…


Let's make sure we focus on the source of contention

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin 9.30.21 in Washington, D.C.

The tragedy is that we have a congress with a senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting. They won’t let the majority of senators vote and certainly, they wouldn't want the majority of people to…

Allison Gaines

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