I regret being scared. I regret wasting time thinking I wasn’t good enough, that I didn’t deserve a seat at the table. You do belong and your voice is worthy. Say it to yourself in the mirror every morning if you have to, but don’t ever forget it.

Jenna Wortham, reporter, New York Times, to Buzzfeed. 39 Pieces Of Advice For Journalists And Writers Of Color.

Buzzfeed asks twenty established writers what advice they’d give to those breaking into the industry.

Here are the questions:

  • What piece of advice would you, as a writer of color, give to burgeoning writers/journalists of color?
  • What do you know now about being a writer of color that you wish you’d known when you first started?
  • Is there anything you did as a writer starting out that you now regret?

Read through for the answers.

(via futurejournalismproject)

Read this.

What happened to Eric Garner in Staten Island the other day conjured an eerily similar killing for me. In Spike Lee’s movie Do The Right Thing, Radio Raheem dies after NYPD cops put him in a chokehold. Garner too succumbed after officers placed him in a deadly embrace and choked the life out of him.
Radio Raheem’s death occured in a movie, but Garner’s real life murder joins a list of innumerable black men who’ve died at the hands of police for no other reason than the fact that they’re black, and male, and living in America.

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Sweet Chili Tofu with Thai Basil
Chop 1 clove garlic finely Remove florets from broccoli Sprinkle with olive oil salt and pepper. Add garlic, toss and place in skillet or other roasting pan for 10 to 15 minutes in 400° oven. Stuffed Cornbread (w bacon, cheddar, onion, green pepper)

Prepare cornbread mixture as directed on Albers ir Jiffy box Cook and crumble four slices bacon Chop onion and green pepper about tablespoon each Grate cheddar about 1/4 cup Gold bacon, onion, pepper, and cheddar into mixture Bake as directed Eat! Yes, I cooked this…