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Working to Abolish Prisons: The Link Between Poverty, Imprisonment, and Race

March 16, 2023

By Asha Sydney A UWP Student Essay Working to Abolish Prisons: The Link Between Poverty, Imprisonment, and Race The United States was founded on many systems coupled with ideals that have allowed for the advancement of certain groups at the disadvantage of others. Speaking more specifically, the current prison system has allowed for the targeting […]

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THE ACTIVISM OF UPPERCASING B[LACK]: Celebrating the American Psychological Association for Significant Style Guide Change

March 3, 2023

By Ayo Sekai, Ph.D. THE ACTIVISM OF UPPERCASING B[LACK]: Celebrating the American Psychological Association for Significant Style Guide Change While going through my Ph.D. and choosing one of my research specializations as Black Politics, it was empowering to finally become aware of the inconsistency in how the word ‘black’ is used when referring to Black […]

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Report: Schools Banned Books 2,532 Times Since 2021

September 19, 2022

Dear Readers, An unprecedented trend escalated this year with the help of parent groups and political actions. Over 2,500 book bans were enacted, affecting 1,648 unique titles by more than 130 school districts across 30-plus states, according to an analysis published Monday by PEN America. The most banned titles include the groundbreaking work of Nobel […]

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Why can’t you swim? An American legacy of racism in the water

June 29, 2022

By Danita Dixon, M. S. Why can’t you swim? The summer months have arrived in the U.S., and families and friends are gathering for events often involving beaches, lakes, and pools. Black people may often be found fashionably lounging close to, or partially in, the water, which may encourage adjacent folk to ask some variation […]

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The Headstones Tell A Story: Black and Brown Veterans

May 27, 2022

This Memorial Day, UWP Books want to recognize Black and Brown Veterans who fought to regain agency, be relevant, and be seen by not asking for handouts but earning the rights through the lens of being a human being with agency, to live. Preceding the American military, where Black people have volunteered to sign up […]

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Black Male Teachers and Administrators: The Pipeline to Educational Justice

May 23, 2022

The conversation has come up now, more often than not, regarding the disparities in educational practices and the unfair opportunity to skip, transcend or navigate the rigorous expectations from scholar to school administration. Even within the K-12 community, the conversation resonates because it impacts so many of us. We are Black and Brown, we are […]

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Newschaser: The Rhetoric of Trump in Essays and Commentaries Sample Deck

April 14, 2022

Newschaser is a collaboration that opens the door to succession planning in scholarship from one generation to the next and the application of Afrocentric ideology or African-centered thought as an underlying thematic framework. Newschaser: The Rhetoric of Trump in Essays and Commentaries brings to light some of the most telling aspects of the Trump phenomenon. […]

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The Banning of Critical Race Theory: The Unearthing of White Fragility

March 16, 2022

“Banning critical race theory by playing on people’s fears is one effective way to reinforce the current power structures of inequity.“ By Anjerrika R. Bean, Ph.D. According to Rob Tyrone’s article in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Critical Race Theory (CRT), which until recently was known mostly in academic circles, was mentioned over 1,300 times on Fox […]

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Christmas Past: Story of a Black Hero

December 21, 2021

“I would rather die in yonder protest than live in a system of racial inequality.”—Sam Sharpe By: Cheyanne Rosier, B.S (Carnegie Mellon University) The witty, superpowered variety often comes to mind when we think about Black heroes. We imagine larger-than-life personalities and cartoonishly evil foes whose criminal plots are thwarted by the forces of justice. […]

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Will Donald Trump employ the same scare tactics and political terrorism again to ensure a victory in the 2024 presidential election?

December 3, 2021

The truth is, he doesn’t have to. By Dr. Marquita GammageFull Professor, Africana Studies, California State University, NorthridgeAuthor, Newschaser: Rhetoric of Trump in Essays and Commentaries On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump inauguration as the 45th president of the United States of America was a victory largely predicated on the promise to return America to […]

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