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Get Caught Up on Black History in a Podcast

by onelove
Get Caught Up on Black History in a Podcast
Black History Love

All of February celebrates Black History Month in honor of the contributions, Black Americans and Black people in the diaspora have contributed to American life. In September 2016, the new National Museum of African American History opened on the grounds of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.  The museum holds objects, photographs, and artifacts that showcase African Americans in history.

Black History Lessons

In a series of podcasts called “Historically Black”, to celebrate the museum’s opening, The Washington Post, interviewed and asked African Americans to share some of their personal objects that connect them to Black History.  Alot of history is shared and discussed in the series.

In one podcast titled, “Black Love Stories” discusses the history of marriage in the black culture from slavery to today.  A participant in the podcast shared and a photograph of her parents who had been married more than 50 years. Historically, enslaved black people were not allowed to marry and when they did the made commitment with rituals like ‘jumping the broom’ to embrace their African roots.

In another podcast, called “The Path of Founding an HBCU”, tells the story of Alabama’s ‘greatest secret’,  William Hooper Councill who founded  Alabama A&M, a historically black college that was founded in 1875 only ten years after slavery was abolished.

National Museum of African American History

A visit to the museum is a must for all who want to learn more about the history and celebrate black culture. Since its opening, the museum boasts more than 750,000 visitors so far. Obtaining tickets to the museum will require some planning as there are scheduled times when tickets become available for groups and individuals. Visit the website here.

Besides online and museum, Black history can be celebrated every day by learning more about black people and their culture through conversations and connections.  Join us for upcoming Unieros events where you can connect with people across ethnicity and race.


Best Superbowl Ads That Commercialized Celebrating Diversity

by onelove
Best Superbowl Ads That Commercialized Celebrating Diversity

Top companies used their lucrative commercials spots in Superbowl 51 to broadcast celebrating America’s diversity. The ads feaured immigrants and their diversity.

Budwieser’s Superbowl commercial “Born the hard way” shared the story of Adolphus Busch, a German immigrant who came to America to pursue his dream and founded  AnheuserBusch beer company.

Coca-ColaCola company’s super bowl commercial called “It’s Beautiful” featured diverse voices singing the song “America the Beautiful” in different languages such as Spanish, Arabic, and English.

Airbnb, promoted its poignant Superbowl ad with the hastag #weaccept. The home sharing company further wrote on its website the following statement.

“We believe in the simple idea that no matter who you are, where you’re from, who you love, or who you worship, you deserve to belong.”

Is Your Social Network Causing Implicit Bias?

by onelove
Is Your Social Network Causing Implicit Bias?
Examples of Implicit Bias

Could the racial demographic makeup of your social networks contribute to your implicit bias? Scientists have proven that hanging out with people from different backgrounds can reduce ‘implicit bias.’

One way to think of implicit bias is the automatic judgments you make about others that is sometimes based on race. It is different than calling someone a racist.

Often it is inevitable that we all have some form of implicit bias due to our upbringing. In addition,  the media and the repeated images they portray can result in us developing biased associations about people.

For example here are some  implicit biases:

  • White is American
  • Disabled is weak
  • Family is female
  • Poor is lazy

One way to reduce implicit bias is to socialize and develop meaningful friendships outside your racial group. Take a look at your social network, ask yourself who is in it? Are you surrounded by a diverse mix of friends from different racial and ethnic backgrounds?

To test whether I could have implicit bias, I recently did a manual audit of my Facebook friends list and discovered that the primary racial demographic in my social network were as follows: 39% white, 30% black, 17% Hispanic, 4% Asian.

With this information, I concluded that my social network is racially diverse due to the friends and connections made through Unieros.

Diversity in Unieros

Because of the Unieros diverse network, I experience and socialize with people who have different perspectives of the world. I learn from things they share, which ultimately help shape my understanding of the each race.

In order to improve diverse social connections, Unieros provides the spaces, places, and a community where you can meet people from different racial and ethnic backgrounds.  We are real people making meaningful connections across racial and ethnic lines.

By participating in our events, you will increase more diversity in your social network.

Join us for an upcoming event.

For further information about bias, watch the POV New York Times video “Peanut Butter and Jelly Racism” to learn more about implicit bias.