Black Lives Matter AC on Affirming Black LGBTQ Lives

By Brielle Lord and Dr. Christina Jackson “It’s never a safe space entirely, in a black community,” Sa’Miyah, a student at Stockton University, offers in a panel discussion on Affirming Black LGBTQ lives. This September, the Black Lives Matter AC group reconvened to discuss the minority within the minority—and the experience of sexuality defining how safe one feels within a movement for black lives. As a community, the group addressed what is often looked at as a taboo topic, with what one panelist defined as operating as a “don’t ask, don’t tell policy” in the black community. Dr. Christina Jackson,
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Black Lives Matter AC on Health and Well-Being in Atlantic County

By Brielle Lord and Dr. Christina Jackson Malcolm X always said that the most disrespected person in America is the black woman. Though he references respect, the devaluing of their lives can be seen through the quality of their lives in the Atlantic County region where both gender and race create dire experiences for families headed by black women. On Saturday, October 15th, the Black Lives Matter Atlantic City chapter held its second to last forum in their 12-month series entitled “Beyond the Slogan: Conversations on Race, Privilege and Power.” The focus of our October forum was health and well-being
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Voters’ Voices: Camden & the Presidential Election

  In October, I went to different neighborhoods in Camden to talk to residents and visitors about the presidential election. I found Trump, Clinton, and Stein supporters as well as people that were still undecided. Every time I went out, I was joined by different people that helped do video and get people to be interviewed.  Davelle did most of the editing, with Helyx, Milena, and I contributing as well. I targeted young adults and tried to get a diverse group of people to talk in front of the camera. I did find a Black man that was voting for
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Black Lives Matter AC on Controlling Images and the Media

On Saturday, August 20th, the Black Lives Matter Atlantic City chapter had their 10th monthly forum. The forum’s theme was Perceptions of African Americans in the Media, with guests Dr. Donnetrice Allison, Associate Professor of Communications at Stockton University and Glynnis Reed, Atlantic City based visual artist. We discussed how mainstream media views African Americans through one lens—a constrained lens that is shaped by what sells. What sells are images of African Americans that perpetuate stereotypes, and our history has proven this: black men as the “happy slave” to the “coon” to the “brutal black buck.” For black women, images
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Criminal Justice Reform, Booker, & Camden

A few weeks ago, as reported by the Courier Post, Sen. Cory Booker, Camden County Metro Police Chief J. Scott Thomson, U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, and Pastor William Heard of Kaighn Ave. Baptist Church sat on a stage discussing criminal justice reform. For the most part, they seemed informed and aware of the mess the all levels of government created in response to an illegal drug market and drug war that started in the 1980s. The openly unresolved issue of urban America, certainly Camden, is economics and jobs.  It doesn’t make much of a difference to talk about prison rates,
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