The legacy of Black Joy

The first two weeks of 2021 have felt like a whole month to me.   But I managed to catch a theme despite the chaos this week, and that is: What is your Black joy legacy?   While we often talk about legacies when our folks are no longer with us, it’s important to note how our words and actions build our legacies in the present day. [...]

By |2021-02-25T17:05:56-06:00January 15, 2021|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

The ‘hate buffet’: Why designating hate groups is harder than ever

As the country continues to reflect on the deadly armed riot at the U.S. Capitol building last week, an event that stirred anger throughout the country and in Congress, it also appeared to highlight an uncomfortable alliance: the relationship between mainstream politics and far-right hate groups. Several known hate groups [...]

By |2021-01-15T08:09:19-06:00January 14, 2021|Justice, Life & Culture, Politics, Race, Story|

‘Do it scared’: 8 tips by a Southern Black yogi to get you together

So, let’s be real for a moment.   Did seeing white fragility on full display at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday distract you from your goals this year?   No judgment if all that craziness threw you off. That’s understandable. Consider this inspiring story about Birmingham’s Black yogi, Adi Devta Kaur, to get you back on track.   This time last year, Kaur, also known as [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:40:32-06:00January 11, 2021|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

The Reckon List 2021: These people are fighting to build the future South

Chokwe Lumumba, the late mayor of Jackson, Miss., used to say, "To change America, you have to change the South." That's been true since the first enslaved Africans were delivered to Virginia in 1619, a year before the Pilgrims landed up North, since the federal government was forced to cut [...]

The Black joy of Black excellence

Turn to your neighbor and say: “Your black excellence is magic.”  Notice I said “your” Black excellence, which doesn’t have to be this big, golden star achievement.   You kept your business afloat despite the pandemic? Black excellence.   You learned about the liberating power of rest this year? Black excellence.   Your day went all [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:44:29-06:00December 11, 2020|Blackness, Life & Culture, Race, Story|

Purity culture can impact long-term sexual health 

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture’s teachings. Cultural norms surrounding sex in the South can lead to long-lasting physical effects such sexual dysfunction, sexually transmitted infections and gynecological cancers, experts say.   Many [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:46:42-06:00December 9, 2020|Education, Health, Life & Culture, Reckon|Women, Story|
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