Vivett: Hey, Racist White People, Burn your Black Face Makeup Kits The Way You Burn Your Crosses And Just Stop!

How is it that a White teacher — at a professed Christian school, no less — can go before her students dressed up in Black face and a dashiki during an assembly about Africa?  In New York, as well as other states, the act of “conduct unbecoming” is a judgement that can get a teacher investigated and, eventually, suspended.  California, for example, calls this process … Continue reading Vivett: Hey, Racist White People, Burn your Black Face Makeup Kits The Way You Burn Your Crosses And Just Stop!

Honoring Black History, Present, and Future Through The Lens Of The Village

One Voice honors black history, present and future three hundred sixty-five days a year through our fight for black children’s right to an excellent education. We do this because we understand the value of The Village, a makeshift community of skinfolk who have each other’s back, picking up the slack wherever we find lack. Throughout the history of dark-skinned people from the African diaspora, The … Continue reading Honoring Black History, Present, and Future Through The Lens Of The Village

Vivett: After Incarceration Comes Reentry

I will go before you and level the mountains [to make the crooked places straight]; I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut asunder the bars of iron. – Isaiah 45:2,AMP The last time I wrote and posted a blog, Speak Ya Truth was celebrating the reunification of Mike and Debbie Africa, a couple who spent 40 years apart due to their … Continue reading Vivett: After Incarceration Comes Reentry

We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice

The special occasion champagne flutes have been long tucked away in the china press filled with pretty things that go ever untouched and the newness of the new year burned clean by January 2. If you are a black woman in America and have watched the news for any length of time, it’s possible you were triggered by the stories of physical and sexual violence … Continue reading We’re Back! Happy New Year From One Voice

Vivett Dukes: Black Boy Trauma and the Criminal Justice System

When I think of Black boy trauma, I think of Corey L. Sutton, Jr. At the age of 14, Corey was arrested and held without bail in jail for an alleged crime he upholds that he did not commit. At the age of 16, he was sentenced to 58 years in prison for this crime that he continues to adamantly contend he did not commit. … Continue reading Vivett Dukes: Black Boy Trauma and the Criminal Justice System

Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved

Black children are not allowed to be children. They are perceived by mainstream America, from out of the womb, as being armed, dangerous, and suspicious. They are constantly scrutinized, chastised, and over-managed. How many Black parents have had to sit their young Black child down and explain to them how to conduct themselves in public, aka around White people, so as not to be misconstrued … Continue reading Vivette Dukes: Black Children Are Neither Protected or Loved

Surviving The Daily Trauma of Being A Black Woman In America

I tried to drink it away I tried to put one in the air I tried to dance it away I tried to change it with my hair I ran my credit card up Thought a new dress make it better I tried to work it away But that just made me even sadder I tried to keep myself busy I ran around circles Think … Continue reading Surviving The Daily Trauma of Being A Black Woman In America

His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs: AKA “Malcolm X” — Whether You Like It, Or Not

Vivett’s post originally appeared in New York School Talk. His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs; yet he was allegedly pulled out of class, berated, and told by a school administrator at his school— Christ the King High School in Queens, NY — that he can’t have “Malcom X” on his senior hoodie sweatshirt. According to the New York Daily News, Malcolm Xavier Combs wanted the … Continue reading His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs: AKA “Malcolm X” — Whether You Like It, Or Not