Black sorority members performing a community service are questioned by police – theGrio

Is there nothing that we can do as a black person, a brown person, a minority anymore? We can’t go to Starbucks, the Waffle House, Airbnb, participate in community service, walk on the sidewalk, or stand in our backyard? Can we breathe? I know this State Trooper wanted my Sorors to act a fool so [...]

The Life and Death of Sandra Bland #SayHerName

Premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 25. #PassionCannotBeSilenced #SayHerName

Reflections From a Young Latina Woman on the Wage Gap in 2018

Please read this article by Beatriz Martínez-Godás. It was originally written in December for Levo, but it still applicable today. For our country to progress and make it great for all for the first time, all of our voices need to be heard. Privilege, or lack thereof, is whatever advantages or disadvantages you have in [...]

A Letter to PJ, Marc, and Cam

If Stephon Clark cannot be safe in his grandmother's backyard, how can I expect you to be safe and secure? We have sat and talked about how to act in public; how to speak to others; and most importantly, how to act around and speak to the police and security guards. But now, how do I ask you to give up your cell phones for a beeper and a roll of quarters? What can I do so that you can live life freely and fearlessly—whether you are at home, at school, or just walking down the street?

A Letter to Black Women

Dear Black Women, You are amazing. You are beautiful. Your love and selflessness is like none other. You are strong. You are fierce. You are light.

I Am a Black Feminist

Today is the Women’s March across the United States, including in Washington, DC. I also noticed that Black Lives Matters DC also hosted a separate march in DC. I asked a question to the black man live-streaming the BLM protest at Union Station why they were having a separate march, and he started his response to me with, “To the person…” No, sir, if you cannot pronounce my name, please refer to me as the woman or the lady. I fight every day for civil rights so don’t discount me or my needs. It goes beyond just being a black “person.”

#TakeAKnee…Don’t Be Distracted

They are the reason why Colin Kaepernick knelt down. Don’t be distracted. Never forget. #BlackLivesMatter #TakeAKnee

Will #BlueLivesMatter for Robert Parker?

I hope all of the people that were bucking hard for #BlueLivesMatter come to the defense of DC police officer, Robert Parker. A black man walking, wearing a hoodie and jeans. Flashback to Trayvon Martin. Since he matched the description of a suspect, he was slammed to the ground. Parker said even though he did [...]

The Affluenza Defense for Police 

Betty Shelby is pleading not guilty because she said the stress of Terence Crutcher caused temporary deafness, resulting in her not knowing that another police officer was going to tase him. What kind of mess is that? Is this going to be the affluenza defense for police officers? Can the families of murder victims use [...]

FIVE Latinos were shot and killed by cops in the past week…and we barely knew it.*

FIVE Latinos were shot and killed by cops in the past week…and we barely knew it.* While the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile occupy the news waves, the shooting death of five Latinos this week slipped by.Since last Sunday Vinson Ramos, Raul Saavedra-Vargas, Melissa Ventura, Anthony Nuñez and Pedro Villanueva were shot and [...]