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Kiki Monifa

Kiki Monifa of Oakland, California, is editor-in-chief of Arise 2.0, a digital global publication focusing on news, issues, and opinions impacting the LGBTQ of color community. 


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Black History Month shouldn’t be an excuse to ignore African American history for the other eleven months of the year. more

Feb 16, 2018 3:57 PM Dispatches


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The abuse of power in these situations goes beyond the legal realm. We need the courage to stop being silent witnesses to abuse. more

Oct 17, 2017 2:58 PM Op-Eds


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When more than half of hate crimes in the U.S. go unreported, it's time we realize that our communities are under attack, too. more

Jul 11, 2017 3:37 PM Op-Eds

We need a real dialogue between blacks and whites, and between blacks and Latinos. We need a real dialogue among all Americans, for that matter. more

Apr 12, 2012 12:26 PM Op-Eds

Racial segregation between blacks and whites has declined for four consecutive decades, according to a study based on census records through 2010 from the Manhattan Institute. more

Feb 9, 2012 8:06 PM Op-Eds

Here’s to hoping for tolerance no matter your sexual orientation, race, religion or lack of same. more

Dec 5, 2011 1:53 PM Dispatches

By Akilah Bolden-Monifa November is National Adoption Month, a good occasion for dispelling the myths and eliminating the stigmas that still surround adoption. The late Steve Jobs was the product of an open adoption. He was taunted by other... more

Nov 15, 2011 1:32 PM Op-Eds

During a game on April 12, Bryant was hit with a technical foul, and he responded by calling the referee a derogatory name for a gay man (hereinafter referred to as the "F" word). more

Apr 20, 2011 9:30 PM Op-Eds

Being gay or lesbian is not something to be ashamed of, but being a bully or an abuser of power is. more

Oct 7, 2010 1:39 PM Dispatches

By Akilah Bolden-Monifa “The Kids Are All Right” perpetuates stereotypes based on sexual orientation, gender and race. It wasn’t supposed to be that way. The film is one of the first mainstream movies to show us same-sex parenting and same-... more

Aug 17, 2010 3:23 PM Dispatches

By the time my kids are grown up, may we all have the right to marry the person of our choice and to raise our children without prejudice. more

Jul 6, 2010 1:42 PM Dispatches

June 19, or Juneteenth, is independence day for many Americans of African descent. Also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, it commemorates the end of slavery, the seminal event in black history. more

Jun 18, 2010 2:17 PM Dispatches

The murder of gay teenager Lawrence King should wake us all up to the fatal condition of homophobia that still afflicts our nation. more

Feb 21, 2008 1:39 PM Op-Eds

The amazing thing to me in 21st century America is that many people running for public office can’t resist the bigoted stumble. more

Jan 2, 2008 6:03 PM Op-Eds

I celebrate Kwanzaa, a holiday that honors family, community and culture. My family and I have done so for years. But five years after Sept. 11, in this climate of religious and cultural intolerance in America, I can sympathize with Muslims... more

Dec 19, 2006 2:47 PM Dispatches

Child poverty is at shameful, epidemic levels in the United States, especially for black and Latino kids. more

May 6, 2003 12:00 AM Op-Eds