The Return of a More Inclusive Almay

*The Return of a More Inclusive Almay Color me surprised when I saw Almay’s latest commercial starring Rashida Jones. Jones may be on the lighter-skinned spectrum of celebrities who are biracial, but nonetheless, what was Almay–that hadn’t had a spokesmodel of color in years–doing promoting products with her? Was what I thought was happening really happening? Hmmmm. When I began to see photos of their … Continue reading The Return of a More Inclusive Almay

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 … 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]