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Documenting and disseminating news about black grandmothers makes me feel like God sprinkled fairy dust over my head! Truly #blackgirlmagic. Sharing their stories in their many forms (personal accounts, oral and living histories, news, and culture) reminds me that I was made for this. The timing couldn’t be better (or more divine). I can set google alerts to capture when, where, and how they are being talked about and who is doing the talking. I can also disseminate this information using a number of social media platforms (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr). How are black grandmothers being cast in the public eye? Are they being politicized? For instance, Hillary Clinton recently stated, “Like every grandmother, I worry about the safety and security of my grandchildren. But my worries are not the same as black grandmothers.” Now imagine centuries of worry to this magnitude—hence the creation of RealBlackGrandmothers. Are they inspiring political action? Like Lee Daniels’ grandmother did, making him declare he would never not vote again. Or are they being revered (while at the same time fueling debate) like Simone Biles’s grandmother turned adoptive mom? RealBlackGrandmothers harnesses the power of global reach and digital media to bring representations of black grandmothers to public discourse that reflect their nuance, complexity, depth, and humanity. With gratitude, LaShawnDa

IN THE NEWS: 70-YEAR-OLD BLACK GRANDMOTHER EXPERIENCES POLICE BRUTALITY
2 years ago

IN THE NEWS: 70-YEAR-OLD BLACK GRANDMOTHER EXPERIENCES POLICE BRUTALITY

Black grandmothers are more likely than their White counterparts to be victims of police brutality for several reasons: 1) the police are more heavily concentrated in their communities, …
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IN THE NEWS: Grandma’s Hand Face Mask Project
2 years ago

IN THE NEWS: Grandma’s Hand Face Mask Project

Alesia Cannady (founder of Women United and the Angel of Hope Play Place) is leading a group of kinship caregivers (primarily grandparents caring for grandchildren) in sewing colorful cloth face …
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IN THE NEWS: Loss on Rockaway Beach
2 years ago

IN THE NEWS: Loss on Rockaway Beach

Corina Knolls of the NY Times wrote, “On a Sunday in October, Gabe Rice’s body was discovered near a Brooklyn bay known for the glass bottles that wash …
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IN THE NEWS: “As long as I’m breathing, justice will be served for Perry.”
2 years ago

IN THE NEWS: “As long as I’m breathing, justice will be served for Perry.”

George Perry Floyd Jr. was one in a long list of Black men and women killed by police and white vigilantes. On May 25, 2020, Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police.


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IN THE NEWS: IN SEATTLE, GRANDMOTHERS RAISING KIDS HAVE TO RELY ON EACH OTHER
3 years ago

IN THE NEWS: IN SEATTLE, GRANDMOTHERS RAISING KIDS HAVE TO RELY ON EACH OTHER

“Johnson, Pimpleton and the other grandmothers in Cannady’s group are among the nearly 44,000 Washington grandparents raising their grandchildren. These grandparents are considered kinship caregivers — family members other than the parent …
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IN THE NEWS: Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross-The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter
3 years ago

IN THE NEWS: Patrisse Cullors and Robert Ross-The Spiritual Work of Black Lives Matter

“Black Lives Matter co-founder and artist Patrisse Cullors presents a luminous vision of the spiritual core of Black Lives Matter and a resilient world in the making. She joins Dr. …
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IN THE NEWS: ALESIA CANNADY
4 years ago

IN THE NEWS: ALESIA CANNADY

Grandmother Alesia Cannady talks to KOMO radio reporter Carleen Johnson about raising her 4-year-old granddaughter Aleiyah. She ends with her poem, “Love is a Tapestry.”

 

 

IN THE NEWS: YOUNG KING RESPONDS TO GRANDMOTHER BECOMING AN ANCESTOR
4 years ago

IN THE NEWS: YOUNG KING RESPONDS TO GRANDMOTHER BECOMING AN ANCESTOR

When King’s grandmother died in May 1941, from a fatal heart attack, King was attending a parade without his parents’ permission. Grieved by the death of his beloved “Mama” and …
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IN THE NEWS: GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDKIDS SAY THEY NEED MORE HELP FROM WASHINGTON STATE
4 years ago

IN THE NEWS: GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDKIDS SAY THEY NEED MORE HELP FROM WASHINGTON STATE

Journalist Marcus Green explores the politics around why more than 43,000 relatives, usually grandmothers, standing in for parents in Washington state receive inadequate help from the state. Grandmother Alesia Cannady …
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IN THE NEWS: GRANDMOTHER DR. LENA MCLIN IN SURVIVING R. KELLY
4 years ago

IN THE NEWS: GRANDMOTHER DR. LENA MCLIN IN SURVIVING R. KELLY

Before they become Black grandmothers they are Black girls- worthy of love, respect, and protection. We stand with Black women and girls, especially those who suffer sexual, physical, verbal, and …
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