Solange Knowles released her highly anticipated self written, produced, and composed album “A Seat at the Table” Friday, September 30th after a 4 year hiatus. Staying true to her gift of provoking self love through her art, this album expresses not only empowerment for African Americans, but also the struggles of racism and mircoaggressions we face throughout our lives. The term “A Seat at the Table” is widely known to represent an opportunity to be heard and make a difference; the exact purpose of this album for the African American community.
“A Seat at the Table” serves as a soundtrack and a source of strength for African Americans as we are continuously, unrightfully, unjustifiably killed at the hands of police officers. When asked on Twitter how “A Seat at the Table” compares to her previous album “True”, Solange notes:
“A Seat…” starts with a slow tempo “Rise” that instructs Continue reading “A Seat at the Table”: A Necessary Discussion About Being Black in America
This week’s episode of #ToBeHonest covers religion, a topic not to be messed with in the South. Mississippi is in the heart of the Bible Belt and most recently, our governor, Phil Bryant, signed a bill giving businesses the right to discriminate based on religious beliefs. Scary huh?
See what the cast has to say about religion below and make sure to RSVP for a FREE watch party with the cast for Episode 3: Part 2 next Tuesday, April 12th at Offbeat. See you there!
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Every week, if not more rapidly, there is news of another African American being killed. Yesterday, a young Caucasian male walked into a church in South Carolina where African Americans were praying and having bible study, sat down and joined them, then opened fire killing nine of the African Americans in attendance. There is a cycle of emotions and actions African Americans seem to follow with every occurrence: anger, marches/protest, repeat. Yes, anger is an understandable response to being treated as though your life does not matter and can be easily dismissed without consequences. But one has to think about what can really be done to stop the killings from happening in the first place. Or better yet, if we can stop them from happening. Continue reading Is Equality a Realistic Option for African Americans?