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Taking a knee during the anthem still ruffles feathers

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As a volleyball player and student, Morghan Chambers has a lot on her plate. She recently signed with the University of Central Florida, along with her twin sister. Chambers also recently took a knee for racial justice. Like the many athletes who protested before her, she refused to stand during the national anthem. With one selfless act, she once again brought attention to the racial discrimination that Black people experience.

Chambers released a photo along with this quote: “Even if it makes people uncomfortable.”

With a simple tweet, she embodied strength and determination in the face of apathy. As the…


Off-season voter suppression tactics highlight racist attempts to silence Black voters

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Georgia Republicans have been salty ever since Trump and two Republican senators lost during the last election cycle. Georgia voters flipped the senate. Black people know that whenever white people feel played, the backlash is right around the corner. So, it didn’t come as a surprise that Georgia’s Republican-leaning state legislature would try to diminish access to the ballot box. The real question is what Georgians and Americans will do about this latest voter suppression tactic.

Stacy Abrams’ organization Fair Fight has been fighting against discriminatory voting suppression tactics for years. She warned us this was coming. House Bill 531


Addressing the Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot backlash

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No one can deny that Megan Thee Stallion is a hardworking artist. She continued to release content throughout the pandemic, and this past summer, she stirred the pot by co-releasing “WAP” with Cardi B; their record went platinum. With her beautiful curvy body and bold lyrics, the Houstonian rapper is a clear showstopper.

Fans can easily find photographs of the self-proclaimed “hot ebony” on social media and in any major search engine. Yet not everyone loves her newest photos. Her latest photo shoot in Harper’s Bazaar has some of her fans fuming. They insisted that Collier Schorr’s images missed the…


Haiku

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Black Women Matter

their feelings are valid too

makes space for anger

Society puts unrealistic expectations onto Black women, namely that they must act accordingly or get slapped with the angry Black woman trope. While some view this stereotype as a harmless generalization, diminishing Black women’s feelings is no laughing matter. The harm caused by racist tropes are two fold — they dehumanize the marginalized group while simultaneously trying to control them. The angry Black woman trope aims to characterize Black women as over-the-top, out of control, and monstrous.

In the aftermath of slavery and the resulting social, economic, and…


Cherry-picking King’s quotes tells half the story. It’s time to highlight the entirety of his remarkable legacy.

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This year, Americans should take an extra moment to reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s compelling message. He delivered speeches that inspired people from all walks of life. His campaign challenged the status quo. King wanted America to become a country that judges people on their character as opposed to skin color. However, some people interpret his campaign in different ways. It matters what Americans tell themselves about King because his rhetoric provides a framework for ongoing discussions about civil rights.

King rejected the theory of American exceptionalism and instead embraced American potential. The change did not come easy during…


Exploring what it takes to make lasting change

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America is a long-running reality show. We’ve been watching for a while now. As the audience, we’ve learned about the characters, their ambitions, triumphs, and missteps. It’s been a wild ride. Yet, after 243 years of monopolizing the airwaves, it’s past time to evaluate our social contract. But that’s where things get complicated. The American people are both co-stars and critics in this series. Within the show, groups have different races and social statuses. Yet, they do not have equal power or opportunities. To manifest the dream of a multiracial democracy, we need to cancel racism. …


It is and it isn’t about exactly what you think

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I had two questions after seeing #GiveWhiteMenAChance trending on Twitter. First of all, I wondered what do they want a chance to do? Secondly, who thinks they deserve a chance? Hear me out. Throughout American history, White men enjoyed opportunities to govern without consent, to amass power through unscrupulous methods, and to maintain it by any means necessary.

So, I thought to myself, this hashtag couldn’t have been asking for socioeconomic or political opportunities. Perhaps White men wanted a chance to be trusted by Black people, women, and other marginalized groups. However, no one is stopping them from shining like…


A story about hair liberation in New Orleans

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When New Orleans passed the Crown Act in January, it marked the end of a long battle for hair liberation in the Crescent City. Now Black women can wear their hair naturally at school and in professional settings. This new freedom marks a turning point in the fight for Black liberation.

White people spent centuries trying to censor, tame, and control Black women’s hair. During the 1700s, Louisiana Governor Esteban Rodriguez Miró implemented Tignon laws. These laws made it illegal for Black and Creole women to show their hair in public. …


Writing

Everything you need to know about submitting articles

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Cultured is an online publication which curates high quality articles about social justice issues. Writers on our publication redefine culture through their writing. We want stories about race, culture, womanism, gender, sexuality, and equality. Journalistic, personal essays, and poetry are welcome forms on the publication.

We have a new home — www.readcultured.com. It’s still a Medium pub, but the domain will make it easier for readers to find and support your work. Social activists should use Cultured to share stories about their pursuits to overcome adversity. Personal stories from the trenches, political commentary, and societal critiques are always welcome.

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#Hiddenhistory & #Hiddenherstory Compilation #1

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Black History Month highlights the triumphs and perseverance of Black people in America and throughout the diaspora. This month offers a great opportunity to learn. However, it’s really tragic we only have a short period of time to educate the public about lesser known facts. For that reason, I am launching a special project alongside Johnny Silvercloud. Each month throughout the year, I will publish a compilation of Black History articles that reveal #hiddenhistory & #hiddenherstory. It’s important for us to push back against whitewashed versions of history that either undermine or misrepresent our accomplishments or struggles.

Some articles you should read, share, and archive:

In his memoir…

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