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What’s Next for Black Lives Matter Atlantic City?

2016 has been a transformative year for the Atlantic City Chapter of Black Lives Matter – NJ! Our monthly teach-in forums in Atlantic City empowered us, brought mutual understanding, and strengthened our bonds, allowing us to set and pursue meaningful priorities. BLM-NJ: Atlantic City brings people together in a powerful way, providing the infrastructure necessary to make shared values and concerns an agenda for social change for the entire region. It is fitting that this year, our group became an official chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement through the New Jersey chapter. Though we have diverse backgrounds and perspectives,

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

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,

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