In Mansfield, Black Dolls Are A Journey to A Colorful & Hard Truth Past

A considerable amount of Black history in America has taken place in Boston. It was where Phillis Wheatley, a West African native—who emigrated stateside because she was sold as a slave—became the first Black female poet published in the U.S. It was once home to Malcolm X, who lived in Roxbury with his sister Ella Little-Collins. The capital can claim bragging rights to being the … Continue reading In Mansfield, Black Dolls Are A Journey to A Colorful & Hard Truth Past

The Lucy Parsons Center: A Bookstore for Boston’s Radicals [Full Pre-Published Version]

Abridged version was published on NPR: WBUR’s The Artery on August 7, 2017. Below is the original pre-published draft by the writer! by C. Shardae Jobson I first attempted to visit The Lucy Parsons Center on a balmy Saturday afternoon around 2 PM. After I saw upon arrival that it was closed, peering through the front door, all I could see were two bookshelves and a … Continue reading The Lucy Parsons Center: A Bookstore for Boston’s Radicals [Full Pre-Published Version]

Why “What I’m Not Going To Buy” Anti-Hauls Are Ruling YouTube

(featured image courtesy of Kimberly Clark).   I stumbled across the YouTube phenomena of “Anti-hauls” and “What I’m Not Going To Buy” videos when I received the notice of Jackie Aina‘s latest upload with likewise words in the headline. (I subscribe to her channel). The featured image of the how-to guru looking very “Ehhhh” towards products surrounding her included the Shea Moisture haircare line and a … Continue reading Why “What I’m Not Going To Buy” Anti-Hauls Are Ruling YouTube