July 1, 2020

Why do Black women marry white men? 

This question was asked to me back in 2011 by my, now ex-girlfriend’s landlord. At the time, I remember thinking, “Did that question feel right coming out of your mouth?” Also, “Do I look like the representative for the whole population of Black women?” 

This led me down a rabbit hole into my own identity; what do I represent? My mother is Black and my father is white. Honestly, if Viola Davi...

May 31, 2020

The Pandemic of Hate in America continues in 2020 with no signs of mitigation. The words “pandemic” and “relief” are used with regularity to describe the Coronavirus Crisis. We can use these same words to describe the contagion of hate and fear that has consumed America and cost Ahmaud Arbery his life.

Brunswick, Georgia — a town created in the year 1738 — serves as a reminder that affairs between the white enslavers and presen...

May 1, 2020

Editor's note: Benjamin T. Lopez is the winner of the 2020 Echoes Media uSpeak Writing Contest. He is in the 9th grade at Forney High School in Texas.

The U.S. Civil War was a period of great disagreement between the Union and the Confederates. In today’s time, people stick to what they believe just as strongly as the Union and Confederates did. Beliefs  differ based on age, and when people have different ways of thin...

March 30, 2020

Scene: Everyday Corporate America (technically Canada in this instance, but same culture)

I land in Toronto with my associate, Ron. Ron is a mid-50s, white guy, gray and balding, glasses, very typical look of a corporate finance guy. We are there to evaluate two consultants, one of which will get a contract worth some $50 million dollars for his or her firm. While the decision on who to award the contract is not solely mine, it...

March 1, 2020

Growing up I never had an idea of the type of man I wanted to be with. In all honesty, my teenage self used to dream about being a single mother of an adopted daughter (I'm weird like that). So I never really thought about being in a relationship, let alone the race of the guy. But I also knew the expectation of my family: find a nice, successful Punjabi boy, preferably a doctor. But I never thought this was set in stone. So I...

February 1, 2020

What is gentrification? 

Likely the response is something like, “White people moving into poor neighborhoods,” or “Devaluing a neighborhood so that developers can buy cheap and sell high.” Dictionary.com describes it as the process of renovating and improving a house or district so that it conforms to middle-class taste. 

In all of these definitions, the bigger issue is missing. The biggest issue with gentrification is not neces...

January 15, 2020

Hey Echoes Fam! We've got some exciting things planned for 2020. Check out the video to hear Founder Janelle tell you about some of the plans, and then stick around to see all the things we did in 2019.

Things to look for:

  • Echoes Patreon

  • More videos

  • New podcast series titled on air with...

  • 2020 Live Event!

  • and more!

Create hope. Forge a path. Change the world.

Sincerely, 

The Echoes Crew

Recently, I read an article about a report from accounting giant Deloitte that millennials have an average net worth of "only 8,000,” dropping 34% from 1996.

It pissed me off.

Articles like that are just a platform for entitled Baby Boomers and Gen Xers to complain about "youngsters today."

And here's why it's flawed: Baby Boomers and Gen Xers (which I'm a part of) had it best when it comes to graduating and having reasonable fin...

September 4, 2019

Echoes Fam! We're growing!

In May of 2019, Echoes Media co-produced Janelle's play #voiced. The play shared the stories of six high school seniors growing up in world caught between social justice and social media. The cast later joined us for an episode of Echoes on air! and shared that they often felt they didn't have a place to participate in conversations that could provide possible solutions to world concerns without their...

August 7, 2019

Editor's note: This article was reposted with permission of the author from http://craigtalksteaching.blogspot.com. Click to find other great thoughts from this award-winning educator.

On October 10, 2015, an incident occurred at the University of Missouri homecoming parade that made national news but somehow escaped my attention. A group of black students protesting systemic and overt racism dating back to 1839, when the unive...

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