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 |2021-01-15T08:09:28-06:00January 15, 2021|Blackness, Feature, 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|

Gabrielle Perry: Progressing criminal justice reform for Black women

Gabrielle Perry found some of the nicest women she has ever met within the pink-walled holding cells of East Baton Rouge Parish Prison in January 2014.   Then 21, the Louisiana native was arrested for committing payroll fraud during a time when her father’s death left her scavenging for money to pay for bills and medical expenses for her ill mother. Her charges have since been expunged, [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:37:05-06:00January 13, 2021|Blackness, Justice, Race, Story|

Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that became law. What else has he done in Congress?

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that made it into law during his decade in Congress: the renaming of a U.S. Post Office in Alabama. Brooks, the embattled and unapologetic congressman from northern Alabama, has come under pressure after helping mobilize a contentious challenge of the recent [...]

By |2021-01-11T21:08:01-06:00January 11, 2021|Politics, 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|

Medical cannabis proposals blaze across the South

Three more Southern states could soon create medical cannabis programs.  State legislators in Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina have filed or pre-filed bills establishing such programs.  These states would join Mississippi, the latest state to adopt a medical cannabis program, making it the 35th state to legalize medical cannabis. Mississippi used a ballot measure to get medical [...]

By |2021-01-11T11:59:26-06:00January 8, 2021|Politics, Story|