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Black Women Are Keeping it Real on Twitter With These Hashtags Addressing Workplace Racism

Black women are taking to Twitter to tell their stories about dealing with racism at work.

Here is yet another example of why Black Twitter is a national treasure:


Bill O' Reilly was being his usual "ain't shit" self on Tuesday, during an episode of Fox & Friends, when he slighted Congresswoman Maxine Waters over a comment she made about the lack of true patriotism amongst Trump supporters. "I didn't hear a word she said. I was looking at her James Brown wig," he said in a failed attempt at humor.

His offensive comments, intended to discredit a highly accomplished black woman based on her appearance—as well as another incident in which White House Press Secretary Sean Spencer told April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, to "stop shaking her head" during a press conference—have sparked a conversation on social media about the racism that black women face in the workplace.

Several woman have taken to Twitter to share their experiences, using the hashtag #BlackWomenAtWork, and are helping create dialogue around the all too common issue.

 

Some of these are just TOO real.

Where are the lies? Oh yes, there are none, because this is what black women are forced to deal with daily.

 

Celebrities, and even Waters herself got in on the action.

#BlackWomenAtWork isn't the only viral conversation that's taking place around the matter. #StrongBlackWoman is an acknowledgement of our resilience. Being a #StrongBlackWoman doesn't mean we're superhuman or that we have a shield that protects us from constant demeaning. It doesn't help to limit our experiences to the single "strong" and "black" narrative,  but it certainly doesn't hurt to recognize our #BlackGirlMagic every now and again, especially when folks try to come for it.

 

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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