October 1, 2020

Editor's note: This piece was written in response to George Floyd's murder.

I am a fugitive. I am on the run. I hope my crime never catches up with me.

Let me take you to the scene of the crime. It was November 21, 1982. It was a beautiful Sunday evening. Things were going well, then it happened. I can't describe to you what I was thinking when I did it. Even after all this time, I still have no plausible explanation for my crim...

September 1, 2020

How does the conversation of racial discrimination begin between parents and children? In our home it began when I heard my oldest daughter say the phase “Team Dark Skin.”

I have 4 beautiful daughters — all of which are smart, loving, caring and different shades of brown skin. And in that moment I realized in a house full of black people you can still experience racial discrimination and divide.

I say to my brown-skinned child,...

August 1, 2020

Editor's Note: This blog is in response to the 2020 Echoes on air! Live Event, "How To Be A Good Ally" 

First, I want to thank the three panelists who shared their expertise and wisdom during Echos Media’s Live Event on “How to be a Good Ally”. As a white woman who wishes to avoid asking emotional labor out of her marginalized friends, yet believes that learning from the source provides the strongest lesson, these types of even...

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!

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