Why Abolishing ICE Is A Call for Liberation

To our undocumented siblings, we see you, we value you, and we will not remain idle as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violently terrorizes, surveils and disappears you. We affirm the demands uplifted by our undocumented comrades and their allies: all deportation proceedings should stop immediately; all undocumented people in ICE detention should be released; […]

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“Concrete: Pen & Pad” by Uptown Shane

Each day is an opportunity to celebrate Black art. Today we’re coming with some heat from DC-based rapper Uptown Shane and her poem “Concrete: Pen & Pad,” originally published in MelaNation’s third issue, we are family. “This work was inspired by the life and death of my 19-year-old nephew, Robert, and so many young black men […]

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“Integrating Baltimore Schools (circa 1960s)” by AJ Hayes

Illustration by Kira Coleman, BYP100 DC organizer and designer with MelaNation When we first started MelaNation, we were driven by the incredible dopeness we witnessed from Black artists and writers in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. There are many valuable and brilliant perspectives held by people in our communities, and MelaNation is a space where those perspectives […]

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#StopMPD: Too Many Cops, Too Little Justice

Someone shouted that a neighbor’s son had been killed and was left in the street. They said that the cops did it. Someone said he was sixteen, while another speculated that he was in his twenties. A voice cried that he had a child. A fog of confusion and mourning enveloped a neighborhood in Southeast […]

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BYP100 DC and 30+ Organizations Demand Justice for Woman Assaulted by Metro Transit Police

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 30, 2018 CONTACT: Darya Nicol and Nnenna Amuchie dc.chapter@byp100.org BYP100 DC and 30+ Organizations Demand Justice for Woman Assaulted by Metro Transit Police Washington, DC – On May 21, 2018 a 24-year-old Black woman was assaulted by a Metro Transit Police officer at the Fort Totten Metro Station in Washington, DC. As […]

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The Black Joy Experience Album

BYP100 organizers do it for the culture, so it’s only right we make an album. The Black Joy Experience is a musical collection dedicated to freedom songs, liberation chants, and holistic energy that keeps joy at the center of our fight for freedom. Let’s be clear. Without joy, we won’t win. Without joy, we won’t survive. […]

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Finding Divinity in Black Womanhood – The Story of Osun: A Graphic Novel

For the first decade and a half of my life, I did not identify as Black. I grew up in Nigeria, and I had no understanding of the meanings attached to racial differences because I was surrounded by people who looked, more or less, like me. I saw white people (and occasionally Latinx and Asian […]

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Justice for Sadat: Immigration is a Black Issue and a Queer Issue

In January 2016, Sadat Ibrahim fled from his home in Accra, Ghana. Ibrahim had been living for years under the constant threat of imprisonment for being gay due to homophobic criminal laws in his country. After an anti-gay group known for killing queer people strategically targeted and beat Ibrahim, he escaped Ghana in an attempt […]

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“Bag Lady” by Ayaana Marie

The following personal essay was written by Harlem native Ayaana Marie, a storyteller and photographer currently based in DC. “Bag Lady” is published in part in MelaNation’s third issue, “we are family.” The full story is published below.  Explore a moving account of love, mental illness, strength, vulnerability, and Ayaana’s relationship with her grandmother. Bag […]

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#HBCUFutures: Black Education Matters

Before the Civil War, higher education for Black students was virtually nonexistent. The limited number of Black folks who did receive schooling often had to endure hostile circumstances or teach themselves. Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) were created to provide access to higher educational opportunities for many Black people and still play a critical […]

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#UndocuDay: Support Black Undocumented Immigrants

For Black History Month 2018, MelaNation, BYP100, and several other collectives are engaging with #28DaysOfBlackLove – a social media campaign in which each day is devoted to uplifting different Black communities. February 5 is #UndocuDay, a day to discuss and support Black undocumented immigrants. BYP100 DC activist Trinice McNally explains the significance of this below. […]

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#NoNuisance: Stop Criminalizing Our Communities

On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the DC Council held a hearing for Bill 22-189, the “Drug-Related Nuisance Abatement Amendment Act of 2017.” This bill is intended to bring civil penalties “against an owner or a tenant, or both, for a property alleged to be a drug-, firearm-, and prostitution-related nuisance, and to establish a civil […]

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We Will Not Be Silenced: Fighting for Digital Freedom and an Open Internet

A free and open internet is essential for Black people to get information, connect with each other, share joy and culture with one another, and build power to get free. On December 14, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said “eff that” and voted to repeal ‘net neutrality’ – an Obama-era policy that allowed all internet […]

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BYP100 DC Statement of Solidarity with J20 Arrestees

On January 20, 2017, over 200 people were detained, abused, and charged with false felonies while protesting the Trump regime’s inaugural rise to authoritarian rule. Those 200 people are now being used as pawns to prohibit political dissent within a system that regularly signals white terrorism should be the rule of law. Although no BYP100 […]

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Food Apartheid: DC Government Must Invest in Food for DC’s Black Neighborhoods

Your zip code should not determine your life expectancy. However, racial segregation and discrimination have led to a lack of investment in black neighborhoods and profound negative consequences for the health of our communities. Every year, the DC government invests large amounts of money into policing while advocates scramble to get enough funding for affordable […]

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Submit to MelaNation’s Third Issue!

Today, MelaNation launches the call for submissions for our THIRD issue! We hope issue 2’s summer love playlist got you through the wait for another round of dope creative pieces from Black artists in the DMV. This time around we’re focusing on that thing called family. You know, the people you love, but sometimes need […]

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Mama Salone, You Do Not Mourn Alone

(featured image: a coastal view of Freetown, Sierra Leone, photo by David Hond)   Mama Salone, you do not mourn alone.   On Monday, August 14, 2017, a mudslide took place on the outskirts of  Freetown, Sierra Leone in the rural, mountain town of Regent. To date, 499 bodies have been unearthed, 600 people are listed […]

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If White Supremacists Hold a Rally in Your Hood

Black people: we love and we see you. Black organizers and our accomplices are fighting back against the white supremacist, pro-fascist “alt-right, ” including those who descended on Charlottesville, VA this past weekend. Their intent was to violently intimidate those seeking to tear down, once and for all, the state’s monuments to the old (and […]

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MelaNation available at Fantom Comics, Duende District Bookstore!

I got some good news, y’all. Copies of MelaNation’s first and second issues, “agitate the administration” and “the music edition,” are now available at two independent bookstores in DC!   MelaNation issue 1 is now available at Fantom Comics, a comic book shop in DuPont Circle in DC (images courtesy of Fantom Comics)   Fantom […]

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