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.

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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…


It’s time to do what we can to put a Black woman on the bench. Let’s unpack this.

Photo Credit | She Will Rise Campaign via New Yorker

The Supreme Court currently has nine judges who sit on the bench in lifelong positions. And “no,” there is nothing sacred about the number of justices; we’ve switched how many justices serve six times. In true American fashion, most seats are held by White men. Some are liberal, and some…


Years of systemic racism built the conditions we see today

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When watching the news lately, I get the impression that many Americans believe that inflation is an equal opportunity assailant, harming everyone she comes across with the same strength and vigor. But, in all reality, inflation is hitting Black American families harder than any group because of long-standing racial disparities.


Collection of the facts, negotiation, self-purification, and direct action are still relevant

Martin Luther King Jr. Arrested in Montgomery Alabama 1958 | Photo Credit | WikiCommons

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. peacefully protested racial segregation and discrimination, police arrested Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 29 times. The head of the FBI's "domestic intelligence sent his colleagues an urgent memo about King: 'We must mark him now as the most dangerous Negro in the future of…


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…

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