Friday’s Looks, Listens, and Reads (2.14. 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!**

Articles/Essays/Op-Eds:

A short read from EBONY.COM on new findings surrounding African-Americans and HIV/AIDS.

Excerpt:  “African-Americans represent only 14% of the United States’ population but account for nearly half—some 44%—of all new infections, report the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. African-Americans also account for about half of the estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. But only about a third of Black Americans who are positive have achieved “viral suppression,” according to new research published in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. “

An op-ed from AFROPUNK on the issue of mental health for African-American women and how that type of support is much needed.

Excerpt: “I found a therapist who sounded somewhat kind and sane and made an appointment. In the meantime, I got to thinking about mental health and Black women. From my own personal experience, we as Black women are seen as resilient—rocks that cannot be broken. We are single mothers, professors, doctors, lawyers, businesswomen and matriarchs of loving families. We always have a brave face, a kind word and a happy tone of voice—just to ensure everyone is comfortable around us. While Black women can handle anything, I have to wonder at what cost?”

An op-ed from EBONY.COM, which is an open letter to show solidarity towards Janet Mock, a black transgender woman/activist who has faced transphobia in the media in the past few weeks.

Excerpt: “Blankly staring at the words on this laptop, I am constantly reminded that transgender women, particularly transgender women of color, will have their identity challenged, criticized, and policed, even from alleged supporters. And for that Janet, I am sorry. I am sorry that you and your transgender sisters (of color) live in a world that simply will not allow you to navigate in a secure, affirming, and loving space free from cissexism, misogyny, transphobia, and racism.”

A quick list from Mother Jones on 21 things you can’t do while black. Just read the list.

An article from Salon.com on racial taunts and superiority versus inferiority, closely examining Marcus Smart and that infamous boxing match that was supposed to occur.

Excerpt: “The fact that racism hurts is a truth about which many white folks remain purposefully oblivious and which many black folks would rather I not admit.  When I wrote last summer about crying after a white woman called me the N-word on a plane, many black people accused me of being weak and having poor self-esteem because I cared what she thought. But part of what it means to exist together as fellow citizens in a body politic is that at base level we recognize and honor each other’s humanity. We don’t have to like or agree with each other. But we recognize each other as levelly human.”

An small op-ed piece from The Nation on “how to create a thug”.

Excerpt: “I’m a little older, no less angry, but of a different state of mind. I’m not totally opposed to (physically) fighting back. It has its limitations, and violence begets more violence, etc., etc. However, I’m pro self-defense. Given the context of our history, where racist language and violent acts often go hand-in-hand, I see racist language as violent language and violent language as violence.”

A long read from AlterNet.org on the Michael Sam story that has dominated the sports news world this past week.

Excerpt: “And so, like Richard Sherman and countless other ghetto superstars-turned-sports-gods, Sam is afforded mainstream acceptance, but with the price of an “our way or the highway” oversight. Obviously, NFL coaches and executives are watching very closely, but their inability to read Sam reveals their foolishness. Sam now possesses power. He has made himself powerful despite economic neglect, racism, homophobia, and all the other forces he has battled as a young man.”

Until next weekend, have a great Valentine’s Day!

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