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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.

. . . a white woman stopped me and asked if I lived there. more

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Our implicit biases may be invisible to us, but they influence our behavior toward others. more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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

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