Reclaiming Our Way promoting the well-being of African American children & families


Portrayals of Black Women in Media: A Conversation at the Schomburg Center

To close Women's History Month, the Schomburg Center hosted a special panel discussion with leading journalists, writers and bloggers around representations of Black women in global media. The speakers included, Vanessa Karen DeLuca (Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine), Demetria Lucas D'Oyley (author of Don’t Waste Your Pretty Blogger & A Belle in Brooklyn), Farai Chideya (award-winning journalist, author and host of One with Farai) and moderated by journalist, Akisa Omulepu.

This event took place on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

Part 1  (approximately 30 mins.)


Part 2  (approximately 30 mins.)

Part 3  (approximately 23 mins.)


American Policing: The War on Black Bodies @ The Schomburg / #Ferguson

Last month, The Schomburg Center hosted an enlightening and timely conversation about the increasingly troubling pattern of abusive policing practices with respect to African American communities, especially our youth.

The various perspectives pulled together for this panel created a context for what I thought was one of the more thoughtful conversations about the racialized post-Trayvon Martin, post-Jordan Davis, post-Renisha McBride, post-Michael Brown, post-(you name the person) climate we live in... charged with both the overt and subtle expressions of racism, reinforced by public demonization of Black folks of all walks of life.

It's a lengthy discussion, but one that provides a lot of opportunity for post-viewing group conversation and reflection.

From the event description...

...a forum to discuss police brutality, racial discrimination, stop and frisk policies, and the responses of media and local communities regarding Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others in recent news.

Recorded on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 @ The Schomburg Center