6 Black Surfers Throughout History That You Should Know About

Since the iconic Black surfer, Nick Gabaldón broke barriers surfing at Santa Monica Beach in the late 1940s,  generations of Black surfers have followed his legacy into the ocean. The problem is that the world has yet to learn about their impact. Black men and women have left their mark on the surfing world by challenging preconceived … Continue reading 6 Black Surfers Throughout History That You Should Know About

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How The Black Surfers Collective Is Cultivating New Black Wave Riders

Like in many other predominantly white sports, Black people have been surfing for ages. Since the 1940s, there have been a number of Black surfers redefining the sport in the United States, carving out a space that was typically devoid of actual diversity. Though Black surfers are not as popular in America, the art of … Continue reading How The Black Surfers Collective Is Cultivating New Black Wave Riders

The Impact Of Gentrification On Gullah-Geechee Culture In South Carolina

Gentrification is a dirty word tied to the increasing number of young, white adults moving into urban areas. They often push out older Black residents due to higher rent. However, gentrification isn't limited to cities — it’s also rampant in the Gullah-Geechee Corridor, the coastal region of the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida. One of the lasting … Continue reading The Impact Of Gentrification On Gullah-Geechee Culture In South Carolina

London Lamar, TN’s Youngest State Rep, Can’t Be Bothered By White Tears Or Respectability Politics

Last November’s midterm elections ushered in a wave of progressive, diverse politicians, including Tennessee Rep. London Lamar (D). After fighting a tough primary against seasoned Democratic candidates, she won her district outright due to the lack of Republican challengers. Inaugurated into office on Jan. 8, 2019, the 27-year-old became the youngest state representative to enter the Tennessee … Continue reading London Lamar, TN’s Youngest State Rep, Can’t Be Bothered By White Tears Or Respectability Politics

How FOSTA-SESTA Legislation Is Wreaking Havoc On The Lives Of Sex Workers

Ever since President Donald Trump signed bipartisan bills Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) and Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA) into law this past April, panic has set in among the sex work community. Often lumped together as FOSTA-SESTA, this legislation was introduced to Congress with an intent to end human trafficking. … Continue reading How FOSTA-SESTA Legislation Is Wreaking Havoc On The Lives Of Sex Workers

Arrested Development’s Speech Thomas Shares His Hopes for Black People, Dishes on Band’s Latest Projects

  The revolutionary hip-hop band Arrested Development broke down barriers 30 years ago by releasing positive albums dedicated to Black self-love, Afro-centric themes and the end to white supremacy across the diaspora.   Co-founder and leader of the hit-making conscious rap group, Todd “Speech” Thomas, spoke to Atlanta Black Star about the group’s current projects and … Continue reading Arrested Development’s Speech Thomas Shares His Hopes for Black People, Dishes on Band’s Latest Projects