Black doctors – Now who’s laughing

They laughed when I told them what I wanted to be….Because I didn’t fit “The Description”…. Fast Forward 11 years later and I still don’t fit the “The Description”… But who’s the one laughing now?… I will never fit “The Description” and trust me, I NEVER want to. I LOVE who I am. I LOVE going against the Grain. I LOVE shattering Stereotypes. Just know, my Patients will continue to LOVE me and that’s all that matters. To all my African Americans, never let anyone deter you away from being who you want to be regardless of your background, upbringing or current situation. Even the impossible is possible. YOU can also be that person where people say, “Wait, you’re a what?”. Lord knows, we need more of that in this world. #MedicalDoctor #InternalMedicine #Hospitalist #BlackDoctor #TattedDoctor #NotYourTypicalDoctor
Chris Okpara

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Colin Kaepernick meets Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Colin Kaepernick on Friday met with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a former star guard whom the NBA suspended 20 years ago for not standing for the national anthem. 

Abdul-Rauf was born Chris Jackson. In 1991, he converted to Islam and changed his name. In 1996, he began to sit during the playing of the National Anthem believing the song represented oppression and racism. He believed standing and honoring the Anthem conflicted with his beliefs. In March of 1996, the NBA suspended him for one game, citing a rule that required players maintain a “dignified posture” during the Anthem. The NBPA backed Abdul-Rauf and he and the NBA came to a compromise, where he would stand and pray during the Anthem. Abdul-Rauf was traded by the Denver Nuggets to the Sacramento Kings the following off-season, he was released by the Kings after the following season. He reportedly could not even get an NBA tryout at the age of 29.  His NBA career was cut short because of his beliefs. Abdul-Rauf was in Oakland for a screening and discussion of “By the Dawn’s Early Light,” a documentary that follows his political and spiritual journey.

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In documentary ‘Mulheres Negras: Projeto de Mundo (Black Women: World Projects), 9 black women share survival experiences framed in race, gender & class

Black Women of Brazil


Note from BW of Brazil: Black women doing for themselves, telling their stories and bringing color and consciousness to the narrative. We’ve sad it time and time again here on the blog, if they were to wait on Brazil’s mainstream media to tell their story, they’ll either continue waiting or continue accepting the image of black women as available bodies only useful for work or sexual gratification.  Realistically, if Brazil’s media were interested in telling the stories of this parcel of the population, they wouldn’t represent only 4% of protagonists in films, seeing a black woman as a talk show host wouldn’t be difficult to find and they wouldn’t represent only 1% of the leading roles in television commercials

Fortunately, just since the appearance of this blog we’ve seen major strides in Afro-Brazilian women taking the lead in their productions which have lead to exposure at the…

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She matches my blackness

​“We met in college.  He walked me home from school every day for five years.  We would talk about everything: how many kids we wanted, how we wanted to raise them, our roles in the home, where we wanted to live, and even where we wanted to go on vacation.  So there really haven’t been many surprises.  A lot of couples only seem to talk about important things if they’re forced to make big decisions.  And there can be this moment of: ‘I didn’t really know you.’  And there’s pressure to make a decision.  And that’s when the biggest arguments seem to happen.  We’ve luckily managed to avoid that because it’s all been discussed before.  We’ve been married for fifteen years but we still walk home together from work every night.  We’re actually doing that right now.”

Via Humans in New York and black 365