"The Brazilian carnival queen deemed 'too black'
Nayara Justino thought her dreams had come true when she was selected as the Globeleza carnival queen in 2013. But some in Brazil regarded her complexion to be too dark to be an acceptable queen" ... See MoreSee Less
Nayara Justino thought her dreams had come true when she was selected as the Globeleza carnival queen in 2013. But some in Brazil regarded her complexion to be too dark to be an acceptable queen
Elaine Brown, born March 1943, was the first and only woman to lead the Black Panther Party (BPP). Brown grew up in a working class family in North Phili. After skipping around to several different colleges and looking at several different career paths, she found herself in California. While in California she became the first representative of the Black Student Alliance to the Black Congress. In addition Brown also worked for a newspaper entitled Harambee. In 1968 Brown officially joined the Black Panther Party and through her hard work and dedication, worked her way up the chain of command. In 1971, Brown became a member of the BPP’s Central Committee as Minister of Information. Brown helped the Party set up its first Free Breakfast for Children program in Los Angeles, as well as the Party’s initial Free Busing to Prisons Program and Free Legal Aid Program. In 1974, Brown assumed the role of chair of the Black Panther Party when Huey Newton was exiled in Cuba. During her three years in power, she managed Lionel Wilson campaign for mayor, making him the first Black mayor of Oakland, as well as started a school, Panther's Liberation School, which was recognized by the state of California as a model school. With Newton's return in 1977, Brown was ousted out of her position of power, and later left the party. In her book, A Taste of Power, she wrote, “A woman in the Black Power movement was considered, at best, irrelevant. A woman asserting herself was a pariah. If a black woman assumed a role of leadership, she was said to be eroding black manhood, to be hindering the progress of the black race...I knew I had to muster something mighty to manage the Black Panther Party.” Brown continues to be an advocate for both Black liberation and feminism speaking about the roles of patriarchy within some of the Black Liberation movements. She went on to write in the same book, “I had joined the majority of black women in America in denouncing feminism… the feminists were right. The value of my life had been obliterated as much by being female as by being black and poor. Racism and sexism in America were equal partners in my oppression.” ... See MoreSee Less
"Today for #BlackFutureMonth we highlight #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Opal Tometi. Tometi advocates for the liberation of all those in the African diaspora and ensures the fight for a better tomorrow is inclusive." ... See MoreSee Less
Today for #BlackFutureMonth we highlight #BlackLivesMatter co-founder Opal Tometi. Tometi advocates for the liberation of all those in the African diaspora and ensures the fight for a better tomorrow ...