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We Are The Change with Madalyn Salkowsky
We Are The Change with Madalyn Salkowsky

Hi and welcome to Kaleidoscope Teen Magazine’s podcast. My name is Madalyn Salkowsky and I am a human being. First I'd like to start off by saying how proud I am of you for tuning into this podcast and wanting to further your knowledge on some problems in the world today. This podcast will be about societal and systemic racism and how we as Americans can be the best versions of ourselves....

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Asian-American Allyship 101: “What Have They Done For Us?” and Other Myths That Hinder Allyship
Asian-American Allyship 101: “What Have They Done For Us?” and Other Myths That Hinder Allyship

In this episode, we will debunk the arguments that Asian-Americans often use against Black Lives Matter, such as “What have they done for us?”, “We worked hard to succeed, why can’t they?”, and “We’re minorities too, so how could we even help?” through the lens of the model minority myth. We will learn about how Black activists have aided Asian-Americans in achieving civil rights....

Asian-American Allyship 101: George Floyd and Tou Thao – A Story Rooted in White Supremacy
Asian-American Allyship 101: George Floyd and Tou Thao – A Story Rooted in White Supremacy

In this episode, we will unpack the relationship between the Asian-American and Black-American communities, investigating the history of anti-Asian racism and anti-blackness. In doing so, we will understand what happened with George Floyd and Tou Thao and how our past and present continues to be rooted in white supremacy. This episode will give you the foundation needed to inform what we, Asian-Americans, must do as allies to the Black community....

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absence

rage met me when i was molting. i was pubescent. sensitive and aching for wholeness but rage was there to arm me i defended my fresh layer of skin my tender breasts my lengthening legs i tucked blades into my body hair protecting the blackness i often ignored before i met rage....

Juneteenth: African American Independence
Juneteenth: African American Independence

I would like to begin with an excerpt from a famous speech given by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852.What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless......

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NYC: Time for Change
NYC: Time for Change

Before I start I want to get a couple of things straight. One: you cannot pick and choose what you love about black culture. Two: just because you have black friends, that doesn’t mean you are not racist. Three: Do not just value black culture such as music, art, sports and fashion when it’s advantageous to you. It seems that almost overnight, New York City has turned from a relatively quiet ghost town to a lively, awe-inspiring, and liberating place. ...

In Support of Black Lives Matter
In Support of Black Lives Matter

I recently revisited this photo that I took in Washington on January 21st, 2017, the day after Trump’s inauguration and the day of the Women’s March on Washington. In it are the Mothers of the Movement, the mothers of Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Mohamed Bah, Trayvon Martin, and Dontre Hamilton. I vividly remember watching them onstage, my own mother and I crying as we chanted the names of these women’s sons. ...