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Scrap Papers: Black Excellence

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By Karima E. Rustin

Malcolm Mitchell, a 24-year-old rookie wide receiver for the New England Patriots, assisted New England in coming back from a 28-3 deficit to win the Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, and take home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. While his teammates are reveling in their shared victory, Malcolm achieved another victory most people don’t know about. A victory he is more proud of than a Super Bowl ring.


The Pickaninnies March on Washington

By Lydia Holt



Perhaps it was a subconscious act of self preservation, but in the months and weeks leading up to the 2016 presidential election, I had convinced myself that America would elect Hillary Clinton as our 45th president--that we had no other viable option. If her opponent were elected it would be disastrous and to maintain my sanity, I firmly believed that we would come through the election with a capable and sane president. When I woke up to the reality of our now 45th, I damn near had a panic attack. Continue reading...

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Scrap Papers: Junot Shows Our Girl Octavia Some Love

Photo by Beth Gwenn

By Lucinda Holt

I’ve recently developed an especially soft spot for Junot Diaz. In an interview withThe New York Times yesterday, he was asked which three writers he would invite to a dinner party of writers. Of course there are many, many writers he could have chosen, but I was delighted that one of the writers was Octavia Butler—a woman full of pickaninny spirit if there ever was one. Junot had this to say: Read more...


National: Military Weapons for All?

By Lucinda Holt

I grew up in Texas—a state proud of its gun culture and steeped in the belief that one is not truly free unless one has the right to protect him-or herself with a gun. But I’ve never fired a gun or even held one in my hand. I’ve heard family stories of my grandmother or great-aunt wielding a pistol after some man has done her wrong. These are stories of guns taken up in the heat of passion, which is probably not the time to be using a gun in my opinion. Read more...


Scrap Papers: John Lewis—A Beacon for Voting Rights Continues to Shine

Many of us are familiar with “Bloody Sunday,”—a seminal day in the lead-up to President Johnson’s signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. On that day, March 7, 1965, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), then the head of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was beaten by state troopers as he helped lead a voting rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma Alabama.

47 years after his skull was fractured on that bridge in Selma, Rep. Lewis is still on the front line in the fight to protect voting rights. Read more...


Scrap Papers: Face Off—George Zimmerman Versus Trayvon Martin

When I first saw the March 23rd article describing former neighbors’ accounts of George Zimmerman’s strict religious upbringing and details about his employment, I wasn’t surprised. However, when I saw the accompanying photo of a clean-cut, smiling George Zimmerman in a suit and tie—an image much different from the familiar scruffy-faced mug shot shown over the past few weeks—the alarm bells went off. Read more...


Let’s Have That Conversation!: A Pickaninny Podcast

The Pickaninnies are talking bias this week, including the tragic shooting of Trayvon Martin and the murder of Shaima Alawadi. All that talk of evil in the world also got them talking about self-care, health care and community care. The Pickaninnies know well that the best way to deal with what's wrong in the world is to take action. The ladies discussed the We Are Women March and the upcoming Sex::Tech 2012 Conference in San Francisco, CA. Listen in...

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