Allison Gaines
Womanist who ♥︎s words bylines @ ZORA, LEVEL, Momentum — EIC of Cultured, AfroSapiophile, CoFounder of #WEOC allisonthedailywriter.com ☕️ ko-fi.com/allyfromnola

POLITICS + WOMANISM

They keep throwing salt at the wall, hoping something will stick

Kamala Harris | Photo Credit | Getty Images

In America, Black women rarely hold positions of power, and when they do, they face the scrutiny that is wholly incompatible with their White, male counterparts. Recently, CNN dropped an exposé full of rumors and allegations about what goes on with Kamala Harris and her staff behind closed doors.

According…

Black Lives Matter protesters couldn’t get away with this

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Nearly 1,000 White college students gathered to party in Columbus, Ohio. They came to celebrate the “Chitt Fest,” a series of spring block parties. But this year, their brand of fun included damaging property and flipping seven cars. When the police responded, the revelers seem unfazed and unbothered. …

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…

RACISM + CINEMA

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…

RACE + HISTORY

If feeding children is wrong, then we shouldn’t want to be right

Brad Jones of Black Panthers Organization serves breakfast to youngsters | Photo Credit | Associated Press

We never learned about the Black Panther Party in Louisiana’s public schools. But, ironically, the free toast, grits, and orange juice many of my classmates enjoyed wouldn’t be available if it weren’t for the Black Panther’s Free Breakfast for School Children Program.

RACE + LANGUAGE

Too many want permission to use our word, and the answer is "no." Let's unpack this

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Last night, a conversation got a little hot and heavy when a White man entered an unapologetically Black space. "As a White man in America, I can say the word nigga," he said in a room filled with over 100 Black people. He must have said the word 10–15 times…

RACISM + SOCIAL MEDIA

Will White people listen more intently when the speaker is White? Let’s unpack this.

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When it comes to pursuing racial equality in America, White men are a big part of the problem. The modern concept of race ties directly back to their historical efforts to amass power. Keep in mind that whiteness is “an innovation that is only several hundred years old, dating back

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