Latest on The Grio: “Inside Omarosa’s “Unhinged” Book: 15 shocking reveals from her blistering Trump tell-all”

Throughout the years, Omarosa Manigault-Newman has made a name for herself as a calculating reality television star and savvy political insider known for sharp comebacks and the staunch defense of her right-wing political leanings. But, with the recent release of her memoir, Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House, the former member of President Trump’s administrative cabinet is revealing juicy, White House gossip—making her no longer a fifteen-year friend of the commander-in-chief but a formidable foe. Read more at The Grio.

Latest on The Grio: “Attorney in Diante Yarber case calls for the D.A. to step down, recuse himself for obstruction of justice”

Just like many countless Black victims of police violence, Diante Yarber, the 26-year old father of three who was fatally shot by police in Barstow, California earlier this year in April, is far from receiving justice.

New developments in the case are calling for the prosecutor to be fired due to blatant obstruction of justice. Read more at The Grio.

Latest on Truthout: “Afro-Brazilian Trans Women Fight Pervasive Racialized Misogyny”

Dália Costa, a transgender college student, was attending an eventcentering on LGBT inclusivity at the Federal University of Pernambuco’s Recife campus in Brazil this past March. As she was walking to the bus stop with some friends after the event, she was berated by a cis man who constantly asked her and her friends if she was a woman. Disliking Dália’s response, when she walked away, the man threw a stone at her and punched her face. She said the man was joined by other attackers, who during the physical assault, touched her inappropriately and threatened to “break her face.” Read more at Truthout.

Swift featured on Loud and Clear Radio: “New NFL rule attacks players’ right to protest racism during national anthem”

The National Football League has passed a new rule saying that players who kneel during the national anthem will cause their teams to be penalized 15 yards on the opening kickoff. Players who kneel also will be fined and could face additional penalties from the league. Team owners also announced that players could remain in the locker room for the anthem. Constitutional experts, however, say that the rule is likely a constitutional violation of freedom of speech. Kofi Ademola, an activist and organizer with the Black Lives Matter movement, and Jaimee Swift, a PhD candidate at Howard University’s political science department and a freelance journalist, joins the show. Listen to the radio segment

Latest on xoNecole: “5 Black Women Artists You Need To Know”

Recently, the National Museum of Women in the Arts‘ (NMWA) campaign #5WomenArtists posed a very interesting question: Can you name five women artists?

According to NMWA, that question was difficult for many to answer because women artists are often erased, overlooked, and invisibilized in a field that is historically and contemporarily dominated by white men. However, I would love to pose another question: Can you name five Black women artists? While women in general are oft-neglected in the art world, Black women artists are even further marginalized due to racialized-gendered oppressions and mechanisms that seek to overlook their artistic prowess. Moreover, data shows the arts –– just like many other fields –– is also pervasively and predominantly occupied by white women. Read more at xoNecole.

Latest on Black Perspectives: “Afro-Brazilians and Contemporary Lynchings in Brazil”

However, lynching is not just a United States phenomenon. In Brazil, people of African descent faced similar experiences historically and now endure similar realities today. While lichamentos (lynchings) are not deemed by the state crimes, they are most certainly racialized and even gendered actions connected to the ideals of vigilante violence or popular justice. Most victims are accused of petty crimes and beaten or killed for offenses they may or may not have committed. Read more at Black Perspectives.

Latest on the Washington Post: “How do you get university administrators to listen? Take over their buildings.”

“On March 29, hundreds of Howard University students, led by the student-driven social justice organization HU Resist, took over the school’s administration building after news broke that several employees embezzled and misappropriated financial aid funds.

The students demanded transparency and accountability from Howard officials. When Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick confirmed that, based on an internal audit, several university employees received extra institutional funds and grants from 2007 to 2016, HU Resist responded with sweeping demands.” Read more at the Washington Post.



Swift accepted as summer professor with Freedom Summer Collegiate Program

I am so thrilled to announce that I have been accepted into the Freedom Summer Collegiate Program, where I will be teaching about Black Women’s Radical Activism in the South for a month at J. Austin White Cultural Center in Eudora, Arkansas. It’s so odd that I will be placed in Arkansas, as my Mom was born in Little Rock.

Drawing inspiration from the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer, Freedom Summer Collegiate is working towards educational equity by collaborating with partner programs to bring the nation’s most promising future academics to students who face significant obstacles on the road to college. Read more about Freedom Summer Collegiate

Swift presenting at the 2018 African-American Intellectual History Conference on Black Women’s Journalistic Activism

On Friday, March 30,  Jaimee Swift and Ashley Daniels presented at the African-American Intellectual History Society’s (AAIHS) third annual conference at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. With the conference’s theme of “Black Thought Matters”, Swift and Daniels’ paper titled “She Writes: On Black Women’s Journalistic Activism in the African Diaspora (1900s-1950s), explored the importance of Black women journalists as socio-political and intellectual agents of change. AAIHS is a scholarly organization founded to foster dialogue about researching, writing, and teaching Black thought. Read more about the African-American Intellectual History Society. 

Swift discusses the death of Marielle Franco and the life of an Afro-Diasporic radicalism on “This Is Hell” Radio Show

Swift was invited to speak on “This Is Hell” Radio Show, a weekly longform political interview program broadcast across Chicago on WNUR since 1996 and hosted by Chuck Mertz. Swift spoke on the importance of Afro-Brazilian politician and activist, Marielle Franco and how her assassination shows the pervasiveness of violence against Black and queer communities in Brazil.  Listen to the interview here.