Non Profit Organizations & the Privatization of Public Housing | Black Agenda Report

An Against the Grain Interview with Prof. Jay Arena

In this Against the Grain interview, about 50 minutes, Jay Arena outlines the process of destroying public housing in New Orleans and more broadly across the country, with particular attention to the roles played by not for profit organizations and black elites carrying out the neoliberal agenda of gentrification.

This interview was broadcast recently on KPFA Berkeley, and can be found online, with hundreds more like it at Against the Grain Radio,

via Non Profit Organizations & the Privatization of Public Housing | Black Agenda Report.

Can We Hold Israel Accountable? – Politics – Utne Reader

To read Breaking the Silence testimonies by Israeli soldiers on the ongoing occupation and blockade of Palestine, check out “It’s Mostly Punishment,” by Oded Na’aman.

A version of this article appeared at

The great wish of the early Zionist leader Theodor Herzl was that Israel would be treated like “any other state.” Were that the case, there might be more rational and productive discourse regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which is particularly critical in light of Israel launching yet another devastating attack against civilian-populated areas of nearby Arab lands.

via Can We Hold Israel Accountable? – Politics – Utne Reader.

Oprah, Beyoncé, and Truth


Radical feminist, artist, and media activist Alexis Pauline Gumbs calls herself,

rom Beyoncé and Oprah to Serena and Venus Williams, African American women are some of the most celebrated people in today’s media-saturated culture. Despite the largely positive nature of this attention, misconceptions and stereotypes are often reinforced when we see these women on screens and in the pages of magazines. In a new book of poems contemplating celebrity, race, and representation, Alexis Pauline Gumbs considers “what it is possible to know about the most famous Black women alive today.” Gumbs describes her book, One Hundred and One Things That Are Not True About the Most Famous Black Women Alive, as “part prayer part polemic […] an intervention into the consumption of Black women.”

via Oprah, Beyoncé, and Truth.

Can Your Beauty Products Cause Diabetes? – Diabetes Center – Everyday Health

Can Your Beauty Products Cause Diabetes?

According to some recent research, your hair spray, nail polish, or perfume could add to your diabetes risk, thanks to a class of chemicals called phthalates.

By Chris Iliades, MD

Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, MD, MPH

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You probably haven’t heard of phthalates, a type of chemical found in beauty products, like nail polish, hair spray, skin lotions, and perfumes; and household products, including raincoats, shower curtains, and food packaging. But you should expect to hear a lot more about them soon

via Can Your Beauty Products Cause Diabetes? – Diabetes Center – Everyday Health.

Left of Black S3:E11 | Everyday Racism, Everyday Homophobia

See on Scoop.itOUR COMMON GROUND Informed Truth and Resistance

On Thursday, November 8, 2012, HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science and Technology Advanced Collaboratory) sponsored Everyday Racism, Everyday Homophobia: A Symposium on the Intersections of Race, Gender, and Sexuality at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University.


The event featured Jack Halberstam, Professor of English and Director of The Center for Feminist Research at University of Southern California, and author of the recently published Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender, and the End of Normal (Beacon); Marlon Ross, Professor on English at the University of Virginia and author of Manning the Race: Reforming Black Men in the Jim Crow Era (NYU Press); Kathryn Bond Stockton, Distinguished Professor of English and Gender Studies at the University of Utah and author of Beautiful Bottom, Beautiful Shame: Where “Black” Meets “Queer”; and Sharon Patricia Holland, Associate Professor of English and African & African American Studies at Duke University and the author of the just published The Erotic Life of Racism (Duke University Press).

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The World According To Kagame: People Who Have Power, A Lot Of Power, Should Use It Wisely (And Who He’d Like To Succeed Him)

The World According To Kagame: People Who Have Power, A Lot Of Power, Should Use It Wisely (And Who He’d Like To Succeed Him)

 So what does Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame REALLY think about accusations (which he denies) that he, or at least some key figures in the Rwandan government and military, are the patrons of the Democratic Republic of Congo rebel group M23 that recently captured the eastern city of Goma?

What does he think of “international justice”? Is Rwanda going to blink over aid cuts and the threat of sanctions for its alleged support for the M23 rebels? Does Kagame and the ruling Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) see the history of the Great Lakes the way we outsiders do, or do they have a totally different take?

President Kagame, Rwanda’s Foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo, and the country’s Defence minister Gen. James Kaberebe, to name a few, have said a lot in recent months at home and abroad (especially the UN) in defence of Rwanda.

Kagame came out swinging (New Times photo).




















The World According To Kagame: People Who Have Power, A Lot Of Power, Should Use It Wisely (And Who He’d Like To Succeed Him).

. . . the shame indeed


Goree Island, Senegal: The former slave outpost of Goree Island is a troubling place. From here, over one million slaves were shipped to the Americas over a period of nearly 200 years.

The slave trade itself lasted longer, nearly 350 years, during which time it’s estimated that nearly 25 million slaves were shipped from Africa. A shocking 6 million of them died on the journey. Scholars of the African slave trade estimate that roughly 6.3 million slaves were shipped from West Africa. The rest came mostly from Central and Southern Africa.

When Daily Nation (Kenya) journalist Joy Wanja visited Goree in 2009, Mr Eloi Coly, a curator at the museum, told that her that if were not for the slave trade, Africa’s population today would be equal to China’s!

For me it was mostly what I heard, rather than what I saw, that messed with my head. The famous “Door…

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