Friday, February 24, 2017

2017 Black Restaurant Week

In its second year, Black Restaurant Week will again be show-casing black-owned restaurants, farms, caterers and food trucks in dozens of US cities through a series of special price menus, fun activities and educational events. If you own a food-related business there is still time to register. If you are a bartender you might even participate in a mixology competition being held in some cities! You can also volunteer as a brand ambassador and receive some perks for helping with organization and spreading awareness.  Otherwise get pictures of yourself eating a delicious meal at one of these great eateries while supporting a thriving community.  Hashtags #BRW17 and #SupportBlack, #blackrestaurantweek .  (Be sure to use more than one hashtag to weed out another event in January which unfortunately has a same hashtag.) Otherwise you can also use some of the hashtags listed in the schedule below.) But hey guys, no reason to eat there only one week out of the year. Black-owned eateries are serving up delicious meals year round! You can find some great links to many of these at

Black Restaurant Week was originally held in Memphis, Tennessee; organized by event planner Cynthia Daniels to help draw new business, provide marketing and move towards multicultural engagement for black and minority-owned restaurants. Follow Ms. Daniels on Instagram @cyndaniels09 .

2017 Schedule 
This list still being updated. Google to see if #BRW17 is being held in YOUR city! If not then participate on your own by dining at any of the excellent black-owned eateries in your town and posting about it on social media! 

Also Visit for more information. 

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Body Shaming of Black Female Athletes

 From his start as a professional athlete in the 1960s and '70s and his challenging conversion to Islam during a time when he was being forced into the mold of  an American "poster boy" of racial equality. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a long trayectory of life in the spotlight.  Now a regular commentator on ESPN's "The Jump", Mr. Abdul-Jabbar has spent the latter portion of his career analyzing  and reporting on particular issues faced by black athletes in America.    He was awarded the Presidention Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November 2016.  In this Time Magazine article from 2015, he talks about the unrealistic beauty standards in our Western Culture and how it may affect female athletes' performance and success at obtaining endorsements from powerful corporate advertisers when beauty is held at a higher esteem than athletic performance.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Rio 2016 - The Two Simones Acheive Olympic Gold!

Simone Manuel, USA - Swimming - Tied for Women's 100m freestyle

Simone Manuel managed to make history and break a record, all in less than a minute.

Simone Biles, USA - Gymnastics - Women's All-Around

Simone Biles Soars, Lifting Another Country with Her

Monday, May 2, 2016

Kenneth Bae Thanks Dennis Rodman

Controversial figure Dennis Rodman did a good thing by giving peace a chance with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.  CNN has just released an interview with American, Kenneth Bae who had been sentenced to 15 years hard labor in North Korea, accused and convicted in 2013 of plans to overthrow the  government.  Kenneth Bae maintains he had been in North Korea performing Christian mission work when he was arrested.  He and another American  were released on November 8, 2014.  Kenneth Bae credits Dennis Rodman's angry rant questioning his innocence as a catalyst to his release.  Dennis Rodman apologized to the Bae family shortly after his outburst and says he only wanted to promote peace between nations.  Here is the interview with Kenneth Bae. 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Intersectionality - Do I Owe Loyalty to My Race or To Other Women?

As a black woman in a free, racially diverse society such as the USA you will be faced at least a few times in your life where you feel pressured to choose between standing by your black  "brothers" or standing with your white female counterparts against male chauvinism. It can be extremely uncomfortable for you and there is no right answer. Intersectionality is a fact of life for most African-American women. She must learn to calmly and gracefully maneuver situations on a case-by-case basis. The fact of the matter is that women of color are most often "claimed" by the equality causes, viewed as supporters of the larger causes - whether they be racial or gender-based - and it is implied that "they will get their turn once the larger issues are taken care of". It is very important that you not feel pressured to choose and you do not "owe" your loyalty to anyone but to your own intuition. From Wikipedia:

"Intersectionality (or intersectional theory) is a term first coined in 1989 by American civil rights advocate and leading scholar of critical race theory, KimberlĂ© Williams Crenshaw. It is the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination."

Two of the biggest cases in the United States which likely brought many Black women face-to-face with the issue of their own intersectionality were the murder trial of OJ Simpson and The Clarence Thomas hearings. We can also add to that the more recent blow up of the rape allegations against Bill Cosby.

You might run into everyday situations that pull at your loyalties. One Twist Out Girl reader told us:
I was having a drink out one night with two of my closest girlfriends who happen to be white.  We were busy talking and laughing so I had not noticed a brother who had been staring at me for several minutes from another table.  One of my friends mentioned it to me and said, "Gosh that man can't keep his eyes off of you!"
When it was time to leave, we paid our bill and walked outside headed  towards the parking lot.  Suddenly a voice came from behind us, "Excuse me."  We turned around and it was him.  He was a nice looking guy, wearing a business suit, of average height; if I weren't already dating someone I might have given him a chance. He continued, "Can I speak to you in private?"
Before I could even respond, one of my friends went into "attack mode", almost like he was infringing on her property.  I know she felt she was doing it to protect me but I thought it was a bit overboard when she said to him "She doesn't go anywhere without us!"
I could see he was annoyed by her but he continued, "Um, can I have your number?  I'd like to take you out." Whether my feelings were right or wrong I don't know.  All I felt was that I didn't want to dis a brother, especially in front of white people; but I didn't want my girlfriend to feel that I didn't appreciate her well-intentioned attempt to protect me as another woman.  I was also flattered that he risked humiliation in front of my friends and I admired that he remained composed even after the earlier exchange. 
I handled the situation by thanking him for his invitation and asking him a few questions about himself. We chatted for a few minutes. He was an IT Engineer, worked in Silicone Valley.  I told him he could give me his number and maybe I would call (I knew that I wouldn't). He said, "Please do." and he left, I believe, with his male ego still intact.
Intersectionality is not only based on issues of race verses gender.  Intersectionality (or intersectional theory) is the study of overlapping or intersecting social identities and related systems of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

Have you ever had an experience with intersectionality? Tell us! How would you have handled the situation described here?  Post your comments below and share this post with your friends.

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