25 March, 2022
Image: Black Farmers' Network (BFN)
Quote of the Week:
"Each hails from the Black Belt Region — demarcated by its crescent geographic profile. Stretching from Eastern Texas to the Eastern shore of Virginia. A territory historically known for the “lack of” is called home. Systemic disparities have prevailed since slavery. The Old Confederacy days. In education. Health care. Technology. Infrastructure. Black land ownership. And economic development opportunities.

And yet, the agricultural descendants do their part to help heal and retell the Black Belt’s broken legacy. In a region that has relied on fertile black soil and Black enslaved labor to nurture the land for its future survival. Currently, the region numbers roughly 300 rural counties with at least a 30-percent African-American population within the states of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

Introduced through U.S. Department of Agriculture grant project Black Farmers’ Network (BFN), these 11 rural innovators represent generations of ag scholarship, policy, leadership, entrepreneurship and creative careers in a 21st-century Georgia and Alabama Black Belt. BFN founder Dr. Veronica L. Womack and the network’s award-winning communications and marketing team have documented the trailblazers’ individual stories online for the past four years. Dec. 4, 2021, became the first time they gathered for a historic fellowship. To bond. To build. To just be beautifully Black."





...and finally, some food for thought

"A Lebanese media outlet, Al-Sharq newspaper, was slammed last week for its misogynistic coverage of the Ukrainian-Russian war, which objectified Ukrainian women in false attempts to evoke sympathy. 

“These types of jokes stereotype women and normalize the sexual objectification of women under the disguise of humor. The image as well as the language of the joke are offensive to women everywhere; they devalue women and reduce them to sexual objects for the gaze of men and reinforce the sexual stereotyping of women,” Zhaim added.

The fact that the editor-in-chief of Al-Sharq, Awni Kaaki, is also the head of the Lebanese Press Syndicate makes matters even worse. 

“The media is not becoming sexist; it was always like this. It is reflective of the institutionalized misogyny, toxic masculinity and condescending attitudes towards women,” Zhaim explained.

“The Lebanese media are still dominated by misogynist and sexist cultures and ideologies, and are still managed by misogynist men like Kaaki who control the narrative of the women’s agency in our culture: they have created and continue to cement the image of women as nothing more than sexual objects to be shown off, exploited and oppressed.” "

– Leen Fouad, Arab News


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