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Books

  1. Let’s Talk!

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I found this little beauty online. It’s a short and helpful 20 pages on learning how to have and facilitate hard conversations about race and racism. Honestly, you can use for any hard topic. I promise it’s worth the read! Click here for the link.

2. How To Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America by Kiese Laymon

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I read a couple essays from this book in my African American studies class. This book is an excellent read, a brutally honest and funny collection of essays about the author’s plight and feelings about being black in America. You can find a copy on Amazon.

TV Shows 

3. Black-ish

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Black-ish has quickly become one of my favorite shows. It is empowering to see a cast on TV full of black people who explore what it means to be black. They tackle serious societal issues, all while maintaining a balance of humor and sincerity.

All episodes are on Hulu! If you don’t want to watch it from the beginning, I recommend watching the episode, Juneteenth on Hulu.

4. Dear White People

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I ended up binging the whole season in a weekend because it was amazing. The Netflix Original beautifully showed the struggle that young black people face, addressing racism in their universities and amongst their peers. I also loved the diverse portrayals of different black kids on a modern-day college campus.

5. Master of None

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I don’t know if you can tell but I am currently feasting my eyes on Netflix Originals. I love Master of None because of Aziz Ansari. There are scenes that I am not impressed by but this show addresses/points out little things about our culture or mentality. There’s an episode about how women feel or episodes about old people. If you haven’t already seen it or don’t want to watch it from the beginning, I want to recommend Season 1 Episode 4. This episode identifies one of many problems concerning Hollywood and its race issue, especially the inaccurate portrayals of Indians on television.

Ted Talk

6. David R. Williams: How racism makes us sick

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I listened to this Ted Talk and was completely blown away. I didn’t realize how much racism negatively impacts health. Click the link above and just listen.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pain, Struggle, and Strength

Pain

  1. Pain is subjective yet universal and complex, unable to be fully rated on a scale of 1-10.
  2. Pain can be chronic or acute.
  3. Pain is a sign of underlying problems.
  4. Pain can rob a person of productivity, normalcy, etc.
  5. Pain can be physical or emotional or mental, inflicted by self or others.
  6. If left untreated, pain can lead to shock, decay, permanent damage, or even death.

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Defining Blackness: An Interview with Arielle Moore

How are you today?

I’m doing just fine. How are you?

Good! So, let’s start off with your name and your age.

My name is Arielle Moore and I am 20 years old.

How would you define yourself? Who is Arielle Moore?

A black girl. That’s powerful enough, especially with all the things black women have been through. I’m a black girl. I am an intelligent black woman. When you think about all the check marks we have against us, it doesn’t feel like I have much against me right now but it’s like we do. Youth is like this bubble we can hide behind sometimes but when you really think about it we have two strikes against us for being a woman and being black. It’s rough. We can still try to make the best of it but we still have two strikes against us and sometimes I forget that.

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The Hope Within

Here’s what I know:

Fact #1: God Exists and he created heaven, earth, you and I, and Adam and Eve.

Fact #2: Man is separated by his own doing from God.

Fact #3: Jesus paid the price of sin with his life by dying on the cross. As a result, he bridged the gap between God and us. 

Fact #4: By following the teachings of Jesus, I am forgiven of my sins, given life and the promise of heaven.

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