I knew the story of the Central Park 5; how 5 young minority boys were coerced into admitting to a crime they didn’t commit. A story that highlights how our justice system was not built for black and brown people. A story about how the justice system protects the wealthy and turns their back on… Continue reading When They See Us Brings the Central Park 5 to a New Generation
For Black History Month, I highlighted Florida’s Amendment 4. Amendment 4 was a historical moment in November’s mid-term elections that granted over a million formerly incarcerated felons the right to vote. Even in a predominately Republican state 64% of Florida voters, myself included, voted to give felons back their right to vote. While the amendment was… Continue reading Florida’s Amendment 4 and Jim-Crow Tactics
Last week, a writer living in DC posted a photo of a transit worker eating on the Metro. Food and drinks are not allowed on the DC Metro, which is how they are able to keep the system cleaner than other major cities (NYC, I’m looking at you). She sent a quick tweet with a… Continue reading Cancel Culture and the Modern-Day Colosseum
A couple weeks ago, an interview surfaced about about dog walking on the campus of Howard University. Like most major cities, D.C is undergoing gentrification in many neighborhoods which brings with it differing opinions and conflicts. The new neighbors around Howard University have started walking their dogs on the campus specifically the yard. On campuses… Continue reading No, We Will Not Move for Your Dogs.
Happy April! It’s finally Spring and here in New York, we’re in that in between season where it’s not quite Spring, not quite winter but everyone has Cabin Fever! April is also Financial Literacy Month and I wanted to address a trend that I’ve been noticing a lot more frequently: cashless stores. The first time… Continue reading Is Cash No Longer King?
In honor of Women’s History Month, I wanted to highlight an issue that affects women not only here in the US but all over the world: the issue of period poverty. Period poverty is the inability to buy menstrual products due to a lack of finances. As a woman having a period is a normal… Continue reading The Type of Poverty that Only Affects Women
Happy Friday! Happy February! Happy Black History Month! To start this month off, I wanted to highlight an important piece of legislation that passed in Florida during this last election season. On the ballot, this past November, Amendment 4 petitioned to restore the voting rights of more than 1 million felons in the state of… Continue reading Happy Black History Month!
Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. January is also Trafficking Awareness month with the entire month dedicated to slavery and human trafficking awareness. I first became aware of the issue of human trafficking in college through the work of an organization called Invisible Children. Invisible Children has been fighting against the use of child… Continue reading January 11th-National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Last week a federal judge ruled that Congress cannot ban the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). US District Judge Bernard Friedman said that the 22-year-old ban was unconstitutional and that it should be left to the states to decide because the procedure is basically criminal assault. I’m sure for the victims of FGM they… Continue reading US Ban Against FGM Found Unconstitutional
Last month, I had the pleasure of watching the Netflix documentary, “City of Joy”. City of Joy is about a village created in the Democratic Republic of Congo where women can be safe from gender-based violence and take the necessary steps to begin healing after trauma. The DRC has been at war for more than… Continue reading Founder of City of Joy Wins the Nobel Peace Prize