Thanks to all of you who have participated in the ReDEFINING series over the last month. To date, we have had five different authors submitting their stories. And they have been immensely powerful, candid ones too. In case you missed it, here are snippets of the latest two which were both posted this week, hosted at redefiningus.com:
Yes, She Will Date You Too!
by Ambrea Pinnell:
…My husband reminds me of my beauty when I can’t see it. I still get the “I like what I see” look from him. When I tell people these things, they are surprised to learn that my husband is white. How can a white man truly love and appreciate the beauty of a black woman? But it happened. And it continues to happen every day. It’s wonderful to see so many white male celebrities begin to openly talk about, date and marry other women of color: Robert Pattinson and FKA twigs, George Lucas and his lovely wife, Justin and Keisha Chambers, Michael Fassbender, Dirk Nowitzki, and Robert DeNiro, just to name a few. I love how they are starting to challenge what is beautiful in the media. Women of color are attractive and finally it is not only black men who are seeing that! Read more >
Black, Educated and Unemployed in America
by Tope Adedayo:
Yet an interesting phenomenon occurs when people of color prove that we can break through the barriers. When we prove that against all odds, we can get the education and the training and don’t quite fit the statistics of being poor, black and lazy, we still end up being cut off from employment opportunities. In fact, a black man with a college degree is less likely to find employment than a white man with a criminal record. How do we explain this? And I’ve heard it all. You’re overqualified. You don’t have enough experience. Your resume and interview are great; we just decided to go another way. You need to network more. You need to jump more. But the reality is that no matter how high I fly, they never intend to allow me to make it. Read more >
We have several amazing writers on deck over the next few weeks. Be sure to follow @ReDEFINING_ or subscribe to Redefiningus.com to make sure you don’t miss a thing! And we are still looking for more storytellers. If you have a story you just need to tell, we want to hear from you! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.