“Defund the Police” Means “Defund the Police”

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“Defund the Police” Means “Defund the Police” “Defund the Police” means “Defund the Police”. Folks don’t need to “rebrand” the phrase. We don’t need to make it palatable for a broader audience. I don’t care what prominent Negro you cite who thinks the phrase is too “harsh”. It means what it means and the creators […]

The Sexist Flap Over WAP

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The Sexist Flap Over WAP  After three months of consuming a healthy rotation of quasi-apocalyptic news podcasts, the first half of Public Enemy’s discography, and Rage Against the Machine’s Battle of Los Angeles, I broke the cycle with a summer jam that everyone (over the age of 18) can enjoy: Cardi B and Megan Thee […]

Rochester’s Curfew: A Modern Day Black Code and Racist Nuisance Laws

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Rochester’s Curfew: A Modern Day Black Code and Racist Nuisance Laws Historically, crime always spikes in the summer in U.S cities and metropolitan areas. You’d think a global health crisis would quell that spike, but sadly that is not the case. In Rochester, 12 people were shot, and one was stabbed over the July 4th […]

Existing While Black at The University of Rochester

Existing While Black at The University of Rochester The University was my first “career” job out of college (PWI; RIT) way back in 2006 and like so many other BIPOC ( Black , Indegenous, People of Color) people. I have stories of overt racism and covert microagressions during my tenure as a staff member of […]

A (Thursday) Word From the Director | Nothing Stays The Same

Dear Community, The month of June hit us all like a wrecking ball and I am still trying to process everything that happened. It feels as if a years worth of life was packed into one month and adding all that to the “brave new world” of COVID-19 pandemic has me reeling. Thankfully, I am […]

Even During Pandemic Poverty Is Your Own Fault

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During these uncertain times a 540Monthly Membership ensures that 540WMain is able to create multi-media content, virtual classes, and educational programming rooted in and taught from a social justice and anti-racism perspective. If you love 540WMain consider becoming a 540Monthly member for a little as $3/month.  Even During Pandemic Poverty Is Your Own Fault Something […]

#BlackYouthMatter: Vol IV

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Another Look at Anna, the Other Douglass

“As is the condition of most wives her identity became merged into that of her husband” Rosetta Douglass Sprague With all of Frederick Douglass’ vast and enduring contributions to global human rights, it would be easy to consider his spouse of 44 years, Anna Murray Douglass, as the good woman behind the great man. To […]

How to Celebrate Black History Month on Social Media

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A Lesson on Intersectionality, Part I

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Understanding The Racial Wealth Gap

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Do You Know George Crum?

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#BlackYouthMatter: Vol III

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The Complex Price of Integration

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Okay, Rochester, Let’s Talk About Susan B. and White Feminism

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Two Players, Queerphobia & Misogynoir

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Ella Baker: We Who Believe in Freedom Cannot Rest

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Saartije Baartum: On Display

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#BlackYouthMatter: Vol II

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Phillis Wheatley: The First Great American Writer

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