Time to Shut Up! Racism, Royalty and the limitations of Britishness

by William Ackah, January 21, 2020 (Birkbeck Comments) Meghan’s Blackness has lost its sparkle even quicker than I originally envisioned when I wrote an initial comment piece shortly after the royal wedding. As I alluded to at the time and reiterate here, the sparkle of Meghan’s Blackness could not last because at its core Britain is …

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‘Until we are all free’: Learning from tubman, king, and stevenson

by R. Drew Smith, January 15, 2020 (Sojourners) In 2020, January remembrances of Martin Luther King Jr. are occurring against the backdrop of two high-profile films emphasizing sacrificial servant leadership. First, the film Harriet provided a renewed focus on celebrated abolitionist Harriet Tubman. This biopic chronicles her mid-19th century enslavement in Maryland, her daring escape to a …

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To solve the hidden epidemic of teen hunger, we should listen to teens who experience it

by Stephanie C. Boddie, November 6, 2019 (The Conversation) For many young people, the toughest choice they will ever have to make about food is what to eat at home or what to choose from a menu. But for Texas high schoolers Tamiya, Juliana, Trisha, Cara and Kristen, the choices they have to make about …

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National Reconciliation Without Accountability Rings Hollow

by R. Drew Smith, October 23, 2019 (Sojourners) Twenty-five years ago, Nelson Mandela was elected South African president after serving 27 years in prison for leading resistance against racially-oppressive apartheid rule. During that same moment in April of 1994, a horrible tragedy was unfolding further north on the African continent as longstanding ethnic grievances within …

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400th Year Remembrances of Slavery Should Prompt Renewed Attention to U.S.-Africa Policies

by R. Drew Smith, August 27, 2019 (Institute of the Black World 21st Century) With 2019 regarded by many as marking 400 years since the beginnings of African enslavement on the North American continent, the costs and consequences of that historic atrocity and the case for reparations for descendants of slavery have been receiving considerable …

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In Cameroon, religious freedom can’t be separated from politics

by R. Drew Smith, August 2, 2019 (Religion News Service) (RNS) — American religion and politics have been stubbornly connected — except where we pretend they aren’t. Despite constitutional separations between church and state, religion has been more closely tied to politics and politics more closely tied to religion than most care to admit. And …

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What Happens When Meghan Markle’s Blackness loses its Sparkle?

by William Ackah, May 24, 2018 (Birkbeck Comments) Symbols are important. For some people, seeing Meghan Markle marry into the monarchy, while a Black preacher expounded the word and a Black Choir sang at the ceremony, was viewed as ushering in a new area of racialised harmony and black cultural acceptance at all levels of …

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