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Kiana Eboné
Jun 11, 2019
In QUEENIE
Growing up I have always been the super pro-black, rocking an afro, reading the only black option on the summer reading list, studying everything about black folk type. My friends always jokingly said I'd marry a white man...I never laughed. As I read Queenie, I was infuriated at the fact that Tom never stood up for his girlfriend. He literally sat there and told Queenie not to over exaggerate instead of correcting his family members, from day 1 with his brother. I've always thought about that dynamic, because often times the significant other may not be racist, but their parents are. I've also seen girls hide their black boyfriend from their parents, while simultaneously inviting me over for the class party. No thanks! I can't even imagine having to endure those constant snide underhanded remarks, because I'm always going to stand up for myself. I love black people, black men, black culture way too much to be with someone who doesn't even know it.
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Kiana Eboné
May 23, 2019
In WE SPEAK FOR OURSELVES
I loved what D said when he discussed his appearance at the Southwest Florida Reading Festival in Fort Myers with Taya Kyle. Although the whole not ordering his books thing pissed me off! D said, "Suddenly her audience became my audience too because our stories were bigger than color, political endorsements, and ideologies. We were identifying those universal truths that connect us all.....'But at the core, I think we all want the same things, like happiness, success, love, and the ability to make our families proud. It's that simple." This is important to recognize.
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Kiana Eboné
May 23, 2019
In BOOK SUGGESTIONS
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Kiana Eboné
May 23, 2019
In WE SPEAK FOR OURSELVES
"If you care and want to do something like that woman from Seattle who asked how she could help, please share a skill and be a mentor to someone." I needed to be reading this book, it was right on time. Recently I've been feeling like I'm not doing enough, because there's always so much more to be done. I dedicate my life to the youth, aiding the next generation in becoming their best selves through the art of dance. I've always been known as the acerbic, no none sense, militant one. I was that black girl in a predominantly white high school, I was at every damn march, I called people out on their foolishness without hesitation. However, in the more recent years, I realized that it takes so much more, I don't remember which march it was, but at the end I didn't feel full, I didn't feel like we had made any change, we stopped traffic yes, we taught a few people yes, but where was the change. After that, I knew my focus had to be my students. So I took a different approach, we would study literature, we would study the news (which I always hate because I'm what you call an empath), we would create pieces that were in direct alignment with what's going on and bring awareness. I started bringing my students with me to allow them new opportunities and experiences. I recognize my privilege, and vow to take everything I've been afforded over the years and pass it on. I took 3 of my students to D.Watkins book release and they loved it! They've seen professional dance recitals and concerts. They've met the artists we've studied. I've stayed in contact with students from years ago trying to make sure they stay on the right track. Yet and still, I always feel like I need to do more. What that more is, I don't know? D's words really resonated with me though, the entire Chapter 13 "Be The Person You Needed Growing Up". Specifically, "Be a mentor and attend events that are important to your mentee, offer positive reinforcement, share your connections, and help them gain access to the tools you didn't have. You have to be the person you needed growing up." I was reassured that I am doing enough, it's not the end, but being a mentor can change the trajectory of someone's life and make for a better tomorrow.
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Kiana Eboné
Mar 15, 2019
In BLACK FORTUNES Chapt.1-5
Did anyone else get mad reading about the Choctaw and Chickasaw Indians? It was just a reminder that we literally are our only allies!
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