Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads (2.28.14)

Friday’s Listens, Looks, and Reads will be published either weekly or bi-weekly most Friday mornings, with articles, essays, videos, and sites that are about the Black experience (which is diverse) for you to check out.

**If you have enjoyed the articles listed, comment below! If you have an suggestion for an article you have read and like to share with us, please email us!**

Articles, Op-Eds, and Essays:

An article from From Harriet on how there should be more representation of black women in the media, and how respectability politics should be ignored. Excerpt: “A study published in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology in 2010 offered the thesis that black women are socially invisible. The study had two conclusions: first, black women are more likely than black men or white men and white women to go unnoticed by others in a group or social situation; second, comments made by black women are more likely to go unheard when made to a largely white audience. Both experiments also highlighted that for many of the participants, black women are seen as relatively interchangeable. This means that as black women, dealing with the double burden of race and gender, we have to fight twice as hard to stand out and have our individual and unique voices heard.”

An op-ed from The Root on having identity issues when you are multicultural. Excerpt: “With a biracial president (who identifies as black) and a fast-growing mixed-race population, most Americans understand that racial identity can be complex and that it requires people to make hard, highly individual choices. But deciding on and explaining cultural identity can be complicated, too. Especially when you can claim birth and upbringing on various continents and in various countries and cities—and when the way you have to explain how you identify changes depending on where you are at the time and on who’s asking.”

An article from Salon on the silencing and omission of work done by black feminists when it came to fighting for reproductive rights. Excerpt: “Antiabortion activists think themselves clever when they compare abortion to slavery, but reams of historical records prove their narrative to be rooted in quicksand. They have ignored the stories of men and women being raped, beaten, starved and worked literally to death and the reverberating effects of that most inhumane of institutions. It is indeed preposterous to assert that a free black woman deciding her own fate as her ancestors have done for centuries (including within the context of slavery) is a perpetrator of the crimes from which she continues to suffer.”

A long read from on the struggle of colorism between black people across the Diaspora when it comes to representation. Excerpt: “Debates and discussions around colorism and shade in America are often cyclical and absolute — light skinned equals privilege, light is Hollywood leading lady, light is the chosen one; dark equals rejected, ugly, undesirable, unimportant. That is indeed a truth, but it is one of many truths. That is the framing of complexion narratives, and that of the legacy of untreated trauma of America’s history where enslaved Africans had babies by slave masters beginning the panorama of complexion on these shores. Historically, the closer to white you were, the better the treatment you received.”

Another article from Salon on how the post-racial reality doesn’t exist, especially when it comes to the recent Stand Your Ground trials in Florida for the deaths of Jordan Davis and Trayvon Martin. Excerpt: “Given her particular kind of black embodiment, Creshuna Miles’ decision carries great weight in an American populace that deeply wants to believe in the myth of a colorblind system. The problem here – the lie of post-racialism, to be more precise – is that Miles’ rejection of the racial elements of this case hold more weight precisely because she is a black woman.  Essentially, finding the biggest and blackest of black women to say that there was no miscarriage of justice in this case helps assuage any white guilt.”

An article from the Village Voice on Lorraine Hansberry’s private struggles with her identity and sexuality. Excerpt: “In a steady, eloquent voice, Hansberry points out that “the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women, obviously,” concluding that those who are “twice oppressed” can become “twice militant.””

An article from PolicyMic on a list of 22 thoughts on what means to be black in America. Excerpt: “But in the end, being black in America today means different things to different people. Some black people will even insist that racism hasn’t played a prominent role in their lives.”

**NOTE: Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads will be on hiatus until Friday, March 14th, so catch up with the previous weeks until then!!



AASO at UAB has partnered with the 1917 Clinic and SHAPE at UAB to provide UAB students and faculty with vital educational information concerning HIV/AIDS. As a promotional event, we are hosting screenings for HIV/AIDS today at 1pm in the Blazer RLC. If you can’t make the screening TODAY, we will be hosting an educational workshop on Tuesday at 5:30 right before Marvelyn Brown’s lecture.

Announcements (2.24.14)

Good morning all!

Hope you have had an amazing weekend!

This week, to promote our Marvelyn Brown lecture, we, in partnership with SHAPE at UAB and the 1917 Clinic, will be holding free HIV/AIDS screenings this Thursday from 1pm-3pm in the Blazer RLC. In addition to the screenings, we will be passing out vital and educational information about HIV/AIDS.

Remember we have our next general meeting next Monday at 5pm in HHB 426! Come see what we have planned for Ms. Brown’s lecture.

Also, if you are double-majoring in both African-American Studies and Psychology, or just Psychology, UAB Career Services will be holding a panel discussion on seeking successful employment with a psychology degree this Wednesday at 3:30pm in Heritage 106.

If you attended Dr. Jamison’s lecture last Wednesday, please fill out this survey. It will help us gauge how successful the event went, and to see what type of programs/events you will like to see our organization do in the future.

Have an amazing week!

Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads (2.21.14)

Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads will be published either weekly or bi-weekly most Friday mornings, with articles, essays, videos, and sites that are about the Black experience (which is diverse) for you to check out.

**If you have enjoyed the articles listed, comment below! If you have an suggestion for an article you have read and like to share with us, please email us!**

Many of the articles, essays, and op-eds this week will center around the same theme of the Michael Dunn trial and around keeping alive the memory of Jordan Davis.

Articles, Op-Eds, and Essays:

A short read from ThinkProgress on how to process the verdict from the Michael Dunn trial. Note: A sentencing for Dunn has been set for May. Excerpt: “The judge declared a mistrial on the first degree murder count, leaving prosecutors the option of seeking a new trial. The Florida shooting was the most prominent fatal shooting of a teen in self-defense since the death of Trayvon Martin drew national attention to Florida’s Stand Your Ground law. The law was also cited in Dunn’s trial.”

An essay from For Harriet on the interesting connection of music to Jordan Davis. Excerpt: The “loud music” coming from the car where Jordan Davis sat was no different than the “loud music” that came from the outlawed drums of our ancestors. The fear isn’t new. It’s historical. When we were enslaved and under violent suppression, African Americans had no choice but comply, to use a stick instead of a drum, to make sure our feet didn’t leave the floor so we wouldn’t be punished for dancing.”

A long read from The Feminist Wire about how America is in love more with black culture rather than black people, concerning Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, and many other Black Americans who have been murdered simply because they were black. Excerpt: “All: Please don’t think Lucia McBath, Sybrina Fulton and many other black mothers aren’t full of rage with regard to the lynching and potential lynching of our children and loved ones. Please don’t mistake our dissemblance for complacency with the pervasiveness of what James Baldwin names as “white criminal power,” which too often rewards and/or overlooks white supremacist material fury. We are pissed off!”

An op-ed from the Black Youth Project on receiving justice for Jordan Davis. Excerpt: “No “the man” isn’t some all-knowing figure who sits at the top of a grand post which can only be located by the most high. But we cannot ignore the fact that the system, meaning the basic underlying principles on which this country was founded on, aren’t meant to serve the poor, urban minority. In our opinion the system is broken. In theirs, meaning the prejudice white founders of this country and their current supporters? It couldn’t be working more efficiently.”

An op-ed from RH Reality Check on how to become educated and concerned with the justice system and with the killings of young Black people, like Jordan Davis. Excerpt: “I now fully understand I have the luxury of worrying about things Black parents never do, because they are worried about their kids being targeted simply for living, simply for the mundane actions of teenagers playing music too loud, simply because they are not white.”

An interview from Urban Times with author/activist Sistah Soujah and her experiences with racism in the publishing industry. Excerpt: “It also exposes the fear of competition, thus you hide the higher quality product. It reveals the desire to maintain power in terms of images because of the resistance to prominently display a young, beautiful, heterosexual, African, Muslim man who is intelligent, faithful, disciplined, but not docile. This instead of the multiplicity of images you see of beaten down, incarcerated, broken, black boys or men as predators and beast.”

A long read from Truth-Out on how the discussion of the history of black radicalism should be included when having national conversations on race. Excerpt: “However, what passes for most “conversations about race,” particularly in corporate media, which shape public perception, are narrow or wrong. Right-wing commentators such as Bill O’Reilly blame black people’s problems on “the disintegration of the African-American family” and other cultural pathologies, while liberal pundits typically point to conservatives as the sole racists in the country.”

An op-ed from Black Girl Dangerous on the lessons to be learned from the death of Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year Black boy with autism. Excerpt: “The vulnerability of Black disabled students like Avonté is indisputable yet still invisible and largely ignored. It is imperative to think about the intersections between Blackness and ability in order to provide Black, disabled students with the safety and adequate learning environments that they rightfully deserve.”

Websites to Check Out: [many facts have been featured on our Facebook!]


Jesse Williams, actor and activist, on the Michael Dunn trial

The Daily Show’s Jessica Williams on Stand Your Ground

A conversation among popular Black women content creators on the state of Black television.

YouTuber Chescaleigh on the double standard of using the N-word. Video.

Thanks So Much!

Thanks to those who attended Dr. Jamison’s lecture on Wednesday! We hope to have many more conversations surrounding Hip-Hop in the future. If you have a few minutes, please please fill out this quick evaluation form about the lecture.

If you want to get involved with our organization and the planning of events like this, come out to our next meeting on March 3rd at 5pm in HHB 426!

Have a great weekend!