Nikuyah Walker: Unmasking the Illusion

One of Nikuyah Walker’s (s)heros is Shirley Chisholm; she has been known to quote Chisholm when she needs to make a point. I find the above quote apropos to contextualizing Walker’s campaign slogan Unmasking the Illusion, which for her suggested redressing the inequalities at the heart of Charlottesville’s social and governmental systems. Prior to her run for office, a select few knew Walker as a champion for the under dog but, through interactions at such places as Blue Ribbon Commission and City Council meetings, she made her presence known to the broader community.

Musings Concerning Black Film

What is believed to be the earliest surviving African American feature film produced is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s film collection Acquired by the New York institution in the 1930s, the unfinished film by Bert Williams (1874-1922) entitled Lime Kiln Field Day, was shot at the same time as D. W Griffith’s Birth of a Nation (1915).

Yoga for Mind Body & Soul

Now more than ever, people are turning to alternative wellness and fitness strategies to manage stress, cope with mental health issues, and deal with chronic medical conditions.  Within the African-American community, many of these issues are compounded by stigma, limited access to resources, and systemic injustices.  Recent data collected by the US Department of Health and Human Services suggests that African-Americans are 20% more likely to report serious psychological distress than their white counterparts.

Treating the Symptoms Rather than the Illness

The real work lies in the long-term. White supremacist ideology is firmly baked into our nation. It is manifest in everything from the blanket Eurocentric curriculum found in almost every school-- kindergarten through college-- to these very statues that we speak of. It takes hours to knock down a statue. It takes generations to breakdown white supremacist ideology.