3 Reasons Why I Always Seem To Be Discussing Race

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I spend a lot of my quiet, introspective, alone time focused on my personal development by way of unravelling the many layers of my identity. In other words, I’ll sit and ask myself questions like, “Who and what have had the greatest influence on the person I am today?” “How did the environment that I was immersed in for most of my upbringing and adolescence impact the way in which I perceive people and the world as an adult?” And, “When did I start caring about my Blackness more than I care about the other elements of my identity?

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Changing Our Community Through Holistic Health | Meet Casey Evans, Founder of BlackCache

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Casey Evans embodies the idea that your passion and life’s calling can truly become your career. A lover of all things holistic health, Casey has dedicated her life and burgeoning career to helping Black women in particular take care of themselves in holistic ways – meaning, there is an equal emphasis on physical, mental, and spiritual health care and treatment.

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Living Into our Legacy of Self-Love through Community Organizing | Meet Courtney Parker West

Happy #BlackMagicMonday, Kings & Queens! This week, I have the pleasure of introducing you to a woman who inspires me, challenges me, and is a true agent for social and racial justice in our country. Courtney Parker West is a community organizer, teacher leadership coach, writer, consultant, and aspiring connoisseur of moderately priced wines. She is interested in issues pertaining to race, identity, power, how our narratives shape the impact we leave in the world. She is black, Meskwaki, and Jewish and draws strength from the fortitude and legacy of her ancestors. Parker West lives with her husband, a fellow community organizer, public school educator, and womanist, in Raleigh, NC.

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3 Effective Approaches to Managing Across Racial Differences

More and more, companies and organizations are hiring Chief Diversity Officers, building out their strategies to retain diverse talent, and acknowledging the importance of developing teams that are comprised of individuals from different backgrounds. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where scrolling through the headshots of the leadership team on a company’s website and realizing that they’re all white men actually makes you scratch your head and wonder how they missed the boat. But it’s not enough to prioritize diversity hiring efforts. Truthfully, diversity efforts without well thought out and executed inclusion efforts can cause more harm than good to minority employees who end up feeling tokenized and isolated.

Managing across lines of racial difference isn’t just about white managers overseeing their minority direct reports, though. It’s also about the increasing number of Black managers who lead teams of white employees. Without either party developing a true understanding and comfort level with nuanced cultural differences, preferences and norms, employees on both ends can feel like they’re not being developed, supported or invested in the ways that they need to be, leaving no one happy. Here are a few tips for building stronger manager relationships  with this in mind:

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Honest Inspiration, Black Female Empowerment, and a New Era of Racial Justice | What We’re Loving This Week

In a world where bad news is constantly drowning out good news, I’ve found it to be a healthy practice to carve out intentional time each week to reflect on the things that inspired you, brought you joy, and made you think.

That being said, this is the first installment of a new weekly series called What We’ve Loving This Week, a run-down of books, articles, blogs, people, and products that Black professionals should be loving! So let’s get right into it!

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What White Men Can Get Away With, But I Never Will | Unpacking White Male Privilege

Donald Trump and I live in two very different Americas.

He lives in an America where irresponsibly spewing baseless judgments, accusations and declarations about anyone and anything without justification will win you an army of devoted supporters.  I live in an America where presenting a well-researched argument with multiple scholastic references will still leave my knowledge and competence of the subject area at hand in question. He lives in an America where there are no consequences for a consistently poor and questionable track record of work. I live in an America where making one small mistake will impact my entire reputation and be leveraged as the reason for why I am unqualified for certain positions or opportunities. He lives in America where treating people with disrespect isn’t a reflection of anything but his own poor manners. I live in an America where emphasizing a point a little too strongly makes me aggressive, unapproachable, and part of the reason why Black women are so unlovable. He lives in an America that excuses and rationalizes his pervasive character flaws.  I live in an America where my oversights are representative of everything that’s wrong with Black America.

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Learning to Love On You When the World Isn’t

It’s been a painful and challenging week. From stomaching the horrifying deaths of two unarmed Black men at the hands of white police officers, to watching or being among the protesters in Charlotte being teargassed, to being subjected to listening to the distorted, institutional biased media coverage, all while having to show up and be fully present at work and in our daily routines, I’ve straddled between feeling drained and distraught all week.

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