The Black Collegial Experience

What is the Black Collegial Experience? How is the nature of this experience altered in PWIs?Let’s talk. Please check the "Archive" for a full description of the blog, dated March 16th, 2013, and titled "About The Blog." Instagram: @theblackcollegian

Attention DC Collegians!
Novelist, Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  will be speaking at the Georgetown University's Gaston Hall at 12:00 pm on Friday, October 10th. The event is being sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, The Department of English, The Lecture Fund of Georgetown University, The Lannan Center, and the African Society of Georgetown.
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Attention DC Collegians!

Novelist, Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,  will be speaking at the Georgetown University's Gaston Hall at 12:00 pm on Friday, October 10th. The event is being sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, The Department of English, The Lecture Fund of Georgetown University, The Lannan Center, and the African Society of Georgetown.

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vivaillajams:

daniiphae:

This is very hard for me at this moment in my life to express my heart/mind to the world, but I will say these last few months have been the worst months of my life. I was dating someone (J$tash) that abused me verbally ,emotionally and physically throughout the end duration of our relationship. Monday morning on September 15th 2014 my life was forever, changed. A person I thought and believed I could trust, whom I gave my love/time/energy to brutally punched me in my face repeatedly with his fists while I became slowly unconscious covered in blood in his brooklyn apartment bed. After he was done he told me to not tell anyone to not tell my friends, He also started to prepare legal action to protect himself in case I pressed charges against him. He cried and became unstable within his emotions and was apologetic towards his actions, but would continue to say i did this to myself.

He then boarded a flight to Japan a few hours after and has been sending me text messages claiming he will destroy me even more than he already did. He said he will ruin my life! I got brutally beaten for confronting him on infidelity which caused him to become violent in an instant.

Do not interpret this as a cry for help this is honestly a decision to speak up against domestic violence for those who cant due to the manipulative acts our abusers inflict on us to never speak up and for those who didn’t survive because of brutal domestic violence.

I will not allow myself to sit in the shadows of darkness and disrespect myself for not taking a stand.

I am speaking out for all my women!

Be brave this is what bravery looks like.


Abuser: Justin Joseph / J$tash

I just want to commend and thank Danii Phae for speaking out about her current situation. Domestic Violence is something very serious and often hard for women and men to speak out about when they are in an abusive relationship. People often don’t speak out about when they are in this situation because they may feel like they are alone and cannot be helped, but also threatened by their partner, especially well-known people/celebrities often are pressured by their so-called “supporters/fans” and even friends forcing the idea that they and their partner are perfect for eachother and that their partner loves them when indeed that may not be the case. Danii is a strong woman and is leading a great example for many girls who look up to her who could even be in the same situation.

My prayers are w/ you Danii and I hope that you have the support and protection that you need. <3

“[When] my alarm clock [rings] every morning, [it rings with my] knowing that at 3:00&#160;pm, there will be a kid somewhere who had a terrible day at school and is feeling like it&#8217;s the end of world…”
Kelly Snider is twenty seven years old, and holds an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from CUNY Hostos. Her daily activities include two jobs, both of which revolve around childhood education and development, two responsibilities from which she derives great joy.
During the six years that Snider has served as an educator, she has noticed a lack of special events and occasions for the gathering of minority girls in urban neighborhoods, such as the one in which she grew up. She, thus, felt obligated to create such a space for this demographic, and arrived at the idea of a tea party. The lack of photos on the internet of Black and brown girls at tea parties further motivated Snider.
So, with the help of friends, she advertised for and planned her first tea party, which was to be held at the Scarsdale Teen Recreation Center in Scarsdale, New York. The little attendees with “big hats and pretty dresses” were met with tea, finger sandwiches cookies, and other pastries, as well as twenty four gift-filled bags and brand new books. The girls, who learned table etiquette for a majority of the event, also made new friends, and Snider hopes that these bonds will be long-lasting.
To find out more about Kelly Snider’s Tea Party initiative, please email iambeautifullywritten@gamil.com. Additionally, follow Kelly on Instagram: @kellys_events.

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“[When] my alarm clock [rings] every morning, [it rings with my] knowing that at 3:00 pm, there will be a kid somewhere who had a terrible day at school and is feeling like it’s the end of world…”

Kelly Snider is twenty seven years old, and holds an undergraduate degree in early childhood education from CUNY Hostos. Her daily activities include two jobs, both of which revolve around childhood education and development, two responsibilities from which she derives great joy.

During the six years that Snider has served as an educator, she has noticed a lack of special events and occasions for the gathering of minority girls in urban neighborhoods, such as the one in which she grew up. She, thus, felt obligated to create such a space for this demographic, and arrived at the idea of a tea party. The lack of photos on the internet of Black and brown girls at tea parties further motivated Snider.

So, with the help of friends, she advertised for and planned her first tea party, which was to be held at the Scarsdale Teen Recreation Center in Scarsdale, New York. The little attendees with “big hats and pretty dresses” were met with tea, finger sandwiches cookies, and other pastries, as well as twenty four gift-filled bags and brand new books. The girls, who learned table etiquette for a majority of the event, also made new friends, and Snider hopes that these bonds will be long-lasting.

To find out more about Kelly Snider’s Tea Party initiative, please email iambeautifullywritten@gamil.com. Additionally, follow Kelly on Instagram: @kellys_events.

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thoughtsofablackgirl:

How’s this for some inspiration?

"Swizz Beatz may have made millions of dollars already, has numerous awards and hits under his belt, and has served as Creative Director for companies like Reebok and Lotus Cars, but despite all of his success, he feels as though he was missing one thing –his education.   The producer is now enrolled in Harvard University’s Business School at the age of 35, where he is taking courses while living on campus in a small dorm room.”

On why he decided to go back to school:
I just felt like you have to keep graduating your brand. A lot of people get complacent with their success and things that they’ve done before and I just wasn’t comfortable with that because I started transitioning from producer to business owner. I would be in these rooms and, no matter how big the deal was or how good it is, people would still look at me like ‘Oh, he’s the rapper guy. He’s the rapper friend.’ I’m like, ‘We all in this meeting because of what I’m bringing to the table.’ But being that I didn’t really have any credentials to go with those different things, I didn’t feel like I was getting the respect that I deserved. So I said, ‘You know what, let me go and sharpen my pencil a little bit and really walk back in these rooms a different person and different man.’ Really invest that time into myself because I started when I was like 18. I was gone since then. And a lot of different things I would learn and do just off the cuff, but I really didn’t know the language. I didn’t feel comfortable with the language of doing business.

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The Problem With Loving Black Men

revolutionaryinpinkpumps:

The Problem With Loving Black Men

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I love Black men. I love their skin, their strong jaws, those heavy lips, and wide-set noses. Black men are these beautiful amalgamations of strength, pain, growth, and determination; which makes them my greatest weakness. I love everything about Black men, everything except their disposability.

As a Black woman who loves Black men, who is the sister to a Black boy, and the daughter of a Black man, my greatest fear is the disposable nature of the Black male life. How can you grow to love something so much only to know that every time they walk out the door it could be their last step, the last time we speak, the  last embrace I feel. Loving Black men is this beautiful tragedy that plays like a desperate concerto through the ages…

Read more… (Revolutionary in Pink Pumps)

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Why Sharing Jill Scott’s Nudes Is A Violation of Every Black Female Body

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Go on twitter and type in Jennifer Lawrence. What do you find under photos? Memes about her nudes, jokes about her nudes, even heavily censored copies of her nudes, but what you won’t find, are her nudes. Now type in Jill Scott on twitter. What do you find under photos? Jill Scott’s nudes.

The “Fappening” has been this outbreak of leaked celebrity nudes over the last week or so that is inclusive of Kate Upton, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jill Scott. The outrage behind the leaking of these nude photographs has been tremendous as feminists, and just people in general, have expressed the clear issues of privacy violation that exists by the spreading of the pictures. In particular people have taken to the internet to voice how the issue is a violation of women’s rights, to pass a nude photo of a woman not meant for public consumption around like a trading card. Twitter was quick to snatch off any of the nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence that appeared and suspend the accounts of those sharing it, but I can personally attest to the fact that over 20 hours later, the photos of Jill Scott are still in circulation. There’s no great call to action for those who continue to circulate her photos. Even though Ms. Scott took to twitter herself to point out that one of the photos was not actually her, both of the photos are still in circulation and are being treated as if they are photos of her.

There are two issues personified by the lack of call to action for the protection of Jill Scott’s body. First of all it is a prime example of the racial divide within feminism. While more often than not we stand together as women to protect our rights and freedoms there was a time in the dawn of feminism when it was believed to belong only to white women; because to involve the rights of Black women would jeopardize those of the white. Although we as Black women have integrated into feminism, there does exist this fine invisible line made up of white privilege and the double-edged sword that still makes Black women somewhat of the secondary party in feminism. Situations like this nude photo outbreak highlight where Black women’s protections stand in the realm of feminism…

Read more… (Revolutionary in Pink Pumps)

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Sister,I face the same struggles any justice-minded individual does when speaking out, although I admit I haven’t been fighting as hard as I am capable. More than one letter to the student paper [the largest audience discussion forum on campus] has been sent [and promptly ignored], though!

The problem is in addressing a nebulous group of microaggressions thought and enacted by a majority of our ~50,000 students. Staging large-scale reactions to what many perceive as small, almost insignificant offenses, marks you as delusional and to be ignored. In discussions about it with my peers I’m accused of “playing the race card,” “making it a big deal,” and [I am] silenced.

The white neo-liberal presence on my campus is strong and dominant and it’s a struggle to create or protect dialogue that challenges it.

meloromantics

In response to Sound Off: Racial Climate.