Author: Taylor Christian

A freelance writer located outside of Atlanta, Ga. She writes about Issues concerning the Black Community, Intersectional Feminism and Politics.

Working on Wall Street is challenging to say the least, but not for Lauren Simmons. She is the only 23-year-old equity trader for Rosenblatt Securities, the youngest and the only full-time female employee to hold that position at the NYSE.  Simmons moved to New York after graduating from Kennesaw State University in December 2016. The Georgia peach had interned at a local clinical treatment center in college while earning a BA in genetics with a minor in statistics. She had planned to pursue a career in the medical field, but after realizing that medicine wasn’t her passion, she started searching…

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Researchers at the Silent Spring Institute, working with epidemiologist Tamarra James-Todd at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, measured the concentrations of chemicals in 18 hair care products geared towards the black community. They found that each product contained 4 to 30 types of chemicals. A lot of the products contained fragrances with phthalates, which have been linked to obesity, increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, pre-term birth, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes, says James-Todd. When you’re thinking about a lot of these metabolic or reproductive health outcomes, it’s really important to consider why that might be occurring and not simply attribute it…

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In the photo shown, eight beautifully polished African-American women are seated among each other in a courtroom where each one of them represents a separate branch of the criminal justice system in Fulton County, Ga. Yes, Really! About 95,000 people live in South Fulton and nearly 90 percent are black. The city of South Fulton is Georgia’s fifth largest city and the first city in history where every criminal justice department head is an African-American woman. These high-profile women are interim police chief Sheila Rogers, Court Administrator Lakesiya Cofield, Chief Judge Tiffany Carter Sellers, City Solicitor LaDawn Jones, Public Defender Viveca R. Famber Powell, Clerk Tiffany Kinslow, Clerk Kerry Stephens, and Clerk of Court Ramona Howard. https://www.instagram.com/p/BjqNAx_j9Nd/?tagged=fultoncounty When asked what they hoped their diversity would do for the community, they said, “Our…

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Skin bleaching is a sad part of the beauty industry’s reality and in the black community as well.  Sammy Sosa is the most recent use-to-be-brown-skinned celebrity to fall into its grips. For those of you who don’t know, Sammy Sosa is a Dominican former professional baseball right fielder. But since all the skin bleaching started, you might be asking “Is Sammy Sosa white now?” Sosa’s Career  Sosa started his career with the Texas Rangers, then became a member of the Chicago Cubs in 1992, becoming one of the game’s best hitters. Sosa hit his 400th home run in his 1,354th…

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Chantelle Brown-Young aka Winnie Harlow, a Canadian born model who was named Model of the Year in 2017, rose to stardom not only for her undeniable beauty, but also for her veracious stance on issues affecting young women of color. Harlow has graced the cover of several high-profile campaigns, international covers and placed a spotlight on people living with Vitiligo. Vitiligo is  a long-term skin condition characterized by patches of the skin losing their pigment. The patches of skin affected become white and usually have sharp margins and is typically more noticeable in those with darker skin. Winnie, being the…

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“Spelman is love, justice and respect. You, the perpetrator, are not Spelman.” LGBTQ students at Spelman College, an all-girls HBCU located near Atlanta, say that someone put hateful notes under the doors of their dorms. So far, three notes were discovered in the past few weeks. The latest one was found on April 30th, according to Spelman officials. The notes read: “Keep your tran out of our bathrooms Thanks!”, “We don’t want you … freaks! No queers!” and “#DIE … We don’t want you here.” Spelman has launched a formal investigation, according to spokeswoman Audrey Arthur. The college’s president, Mary…

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This Houston principal made a gun joke about a black student — but is it just a joke? Ponderosa Elementary School Principal, Shanna Swearingen, has come under fire for a disappointing remark she made about a black special-needs student. Swearingen, told her staff “We will call the police and tell them he has a gun, so they can come faster.” The comment was made because the student has been known to run from class. Swearingen has not made herself available to media, but she sent a letter to school parents on Tuesday apologizing for “an insensitive comment that was not…

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Single father Dwight Mitchell and a group of parents who make up an organization called “Stop Child Protection Services from Legally Kidnapping”  launched a civil rights lawsuit at state agencies against the state of Minnesota and Dakota County who enforce child protection laws. The organization alleges that black children are targets of unnecessary investigations which are triggered by simple allegations or social worker discretion. This ultimately causes black children to be removed from their homes. Mitchell and his associates say that this occurs five times more often with black children than white children. The group already has over 300 people across the…

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‘This Is Us’ Emmy Award winning Sterling K. Brown’s character highlights how anxiety affects black men. ‘This Is Us’ is widely known for being one of the realest television shows to date. Giving black men a space to share their struggle with anxiety. Randall Pearson’s shows black men in a way that lacks even today in Hollwood.

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