There were many African American women instrumental in the fight for voting rights. As we celebrate Harriet Tubman as well as the 19th Amendment, we must also look at the intersection of voting, race and gender.
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Cyntoia Brown, who garnered the support of many celebrities as well as grassroots activists, is now back home. She was serving a life sentence for a murder she committed in self-defense as a teen. Cyntoia was a victim of sex trafficking, but was not treated as such by the criminal legal system. But once the fanfare dies down, where is the support to help her and other folks coming home from prison? This type of re-entry support is critical to help prevent recidivism (returning to jail for new crimes).
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Hey RLD Family! I had the privilege of appearing on the American Bar Association podcast “The JustPod” this week. The host Emily Johnson and I chatted about what the ethical … Continue reading RLD on The JustPod: Prosecutorial Discretion
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There has been a swirling controversy over a freestyle that rapper Jay Z performed at his Webster Hall conference in May. His freestyle, which was to honor slain rapper and entrepreneur Nipsey Hussle, has the following lyrics:
Gentrify your own hood before these people do it/ Claim eminent domain and have your people move in/ That’s a small glimpse into what Nipsey was doing/ For anybody still confused as to what he was doing.”
Some folks said on Twitter that gentrification can only be viewed in a negative way because it requires pricing people out of their own neighborhood.
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Hey RLD Fam! I am really thrilled about my latest piece to run in Essence Magazine. It was fueled out of the horror of seeing just about every recently elected … Continue reading New in Essence: More Women Of Color Are Getting Elected As District Attorneys, But Can They Stay There?