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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
On Wednesday, March 14th, countless Brazilians and others around the world were saddened and angered after learning of the devastating news of the brutal assassination of Marielle Franco, 38, an Afro-Brazilian city council member from Rio de Janeiro. Franco, a Black lesbian feminist, grassroots organizer, favelada, human rights activist and member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSOL), was shot four times by two gunmen after presenting on a panel entitled “Black Women Moving Structures” in Rio. Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also murdered. Read more at Black Perspectives.
The clock has run out on sexual assault, harassment and inequality at historically black colleges and universities.
As in many instances when it comes to gendered-racialized violence, Black women’s concerns, bodies and lives are rendered inferior ––and this is no different at historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). While the #TimesUp movement’s mission primarily addresses “systematic inequality and injustice in the workplace that has kept underrepresented groups from reaching their full potential”, it is imperative this charge is inclusive of Black women college students, who unfortunately endure sex/gender-based discrimination, sexual harassment, prejudice, misogynoir, transphobia, homophobia and anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments from peers and faculty alike. Read more at AfroPunk.