Laughter really is medicine we can pull from within. It sweetens bitter moments. Like when I read in the Commercial Appeal that a Tennessee election worker turned away voters at the polls for wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts and masks, I just laughed at their ignorance. And clapped when I [...]
When the Earth is ill, so are its people. Catherine Flowers saw hints of that sickness growing up during the 1960s in Lowndes County, Ala., a predominantly Black rural area with fewer than 10,000 people. She noticed how both animals and vegetation bowed and browned in death after farmers sprayed clouds of DDT, a pesticide eventually found to be lethal to the environment. “If this is [...]
On this week’s episode of Money Talks, Reckon discusses the racial wealth gap in America. The racial wealth distribution does not correlate with the racial demographics of America. White Americans have a disproportionately large percentage of the wealth in America compared to people of color. Data from the Federal Reserve [...]
The Supreme Court has the power to expand our definition of civil rights. Or to limit it.
Let me warn you right now. I'm probably about to get on your nerves. Because this is probably the millionth time you have read about your voting power. But with so much oppression placed upon Black people, showing us smiling and laughing in Black Magic Project's weekly series about Black [...]
When votes aren’t counted, the voter’s voice is silenced. This is why organizations like Black Voters Matter are continuing a long-standing Southern tradition of doing the groundwork to increase Black voter registration. The organization started in 2016 in Selma, Ala., the stomping grounds for many civil rights giants like John Lewis. The group has since expanded its footprint [...]
Breathe in deeply. Hold your breath for four seconds. Breathe all the way out. Hold for another for another four seconds. Now return to your regular breathing and welcome yourself back to Black Joy, a weekly series by the Black Magic Project that’s all about bringing peace and love to [...]
Hiya, y’all! Welcome to your weekly dose of Black joy from the Black Magic Project. You may have paused there to be like, “Black Magic Whaaaaat?” Don’t worry. Let me explain. While chasing breaking news as a night reporter, I heard these words often: “You only come when we are [...]
Alabama has a prison problem.
One of the stunning things about current mass incarceration culture is how much it looks like it always has.