Real News is not Media: Our Segment with WeMagazine

Hey everyone I’m back again, and this time we had a chance to talk with the creator of WeMagazine. WeMagazine is an alternative news outlet that gives raw news without biased or skewed opinions. In today’s society the media portrays what they want you to see, ie editing. Therefore it is always great to have a go to alternative media source. WeMagazine is it because it talks about real life issues (race, police brutality, etc.), and real life people. So let’s get into some of those topics and by the end we hope you are team WeMagazine!

Q: Can you please give use your name, background, business name, and business background.

A: I am DeLisha Sylvester, Founder/CEO of Women’s Elevation Magazine. WE Magazine is an online magazine that promotes, elevates, and inspires women.
Q:  What inspired you to develop a news outlet? How does your magazine differ from other media outlets?
A: I was inspired to start WE Magazine because I wanted to give a voice to the voiceless. I wanted to share stories that you wouldn’t necessarily see in the mainstream media. I wanted to give writers a platform to get their work out there. I also wanted to provide a media outlet that was strictly positive. I felt that there were not many media outlets that do that. There aren’t a lot of outlets that don’t report gossip. I get it gossip sells, but how are you feeding the people? How are you feeding their souls? How are you inspiring them?
Q: What is We Magazine? Who are the founders? Why and how did you come up with the idea?

A: I started WE Magazine in 2013, by myself in my living room, and all I had was an idea. I was pushed to do it after the birth of my daughter. I wanted to show her that if mommy can take an idea from her head and go after it, then so could she. From there I just kept growing the business, and incorporating other positive things under its umbrella.

Q: What is the concept of the Naturally Me segment?

A: It started out as a way to promote the concept of loving yourself and defining your own idea of beauty/self-admiration. As time has passed I have incorporated other topics. Inspiration, black lives matter, entrepreneurship, positivity are things that we cover now. I decided to incorporate other topics because I found that I started to have conversations with my followers. Like I would talk with them about real topics; when I sit down to post I am really have conversations with people, and we get real and raw.

Q: From your post we see you were moved by the Sandra Bland case (especially coming from a soror point of view) what are your feelings towards the issue?
A: Well, Sandra Bland was my soror. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and just based off of that I had to speak out. We are bonded by our sisterhood whether we know each other personally or not. I had to speak out, and she isn’t the first woman or man that I have spoken out for. I think the thing about it for me is that black women are being killed or mysteriously dying in police custody and people aren’t speaking for them. When a black woman dies the world is silent, and that’s an issue. We have to stand up for ourselves because the media will not show that our lives matter unless we make them. At the end of the day silence is not a part of my makeup so I had to speak out.
Q: How do you stay true to your mission of conversing, inspiring, and encouraging?

A: It’s not very hard to stay true to my mission. I mean, yes I know if I was reporting the latest gossip my platform would have probably skyrocketed by now, but it’s just not me. The point of the brand is to uplift women and inspire the next generation. I can’t do that throwing someone’s business out there, especially when I don’t know them.
Q: Your page post about a lot of racial based social issues and current events; what is your overall stance or outlook on the relationship between Blacks & Whites in America? In what ways do you think your page could help impact on this issue?
A: My outlook is simple – black lives matter. It is up to us to keep reminding people of that. I talk about the issues because how can I ignore them. As a black woman I can’t just ignore it, and I especially can’t ignore us. I have used my platform to share stories that people miss or just don’t know about. I show both sides of the spectrum. I will share a story about the tragedy of Sandra Bland, but I will also showcase the positive sides of black people as well. The thing about it is that we shouldn’t have to tell the media and the people of this country that we matter, but we do. Why? Because the idea that we never mattered is a part of this country’s foundation.
Q: Why is it important to have an avenue separate from the mainstream media to talk about these issues?
A: The media is all about getting ratings. They want those likes and retweets, so they are not always going to report on what’s really going on. Even when they do, they do it in a way that sensationalizes the story. Do you really think they would report on the countless black lives being taken if there was no outcry? I mean if it wasn’t for the people many of these stories wouldn’t even get traction.
Q: Do you have any upcoming projects you want people to look out for? 

A:We are bringing back our WE Rock awards in 2016. It’s something we did in 2013 where we honored women making a difference in their communities. We are also working on another project that provides women coming together by sharing their stories.

Q: Where and how can people purchase your magazine?
A: People want to purchase the magazine can go to our website http://www.womenselevationmagazine.com/buy-now.
I hope you enjoyed our talk with Delisha, the creator of WeMagazine. If you found interest, or are passionate about any of these topics again you can purchase the magazine at http://www.womenselevationmagazine.com/buy-now. Also you can follow WeMagazine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @naturallymewemagazine! Be informed by something real. Tune in on Wednesday to here what the Kaotik Poet has to say!

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“In a landmark opinion, a divided Supreme Court ruled on June 26th that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. The U.S. is now the 21st country to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide. Married same-sex couples will now enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples and will be recognized on official documents such as birth and death certificates.”
One day shy of an entire month, same sex marriages were legalized; yet transgender people are still being killed. So is it acceptable for women to date women, and men to date men as long as they stay their birth sex? Does America hate all gays? Or is it just transgenders? On July 21, 2015 India Clarke was the 10th transgender women to be killed in Tampa Bay Florida by blunt force trauma. India’s death was reported by detectives as followed, “We are not going to categorize him as a transgender. We can just tell you that he had women’s clothing on at the time. What his lifestyle was prior to that we don’t know­­—whether he was a cross dresser, we don’t know.”
There are two issues I have a issue with in the India Clarke case. The first is the insensitivity of Tampa Bay police officers when dealing with the trans-community. The second is hatred that is still displayed towards the trans-community when we are shifting to an area of acceptance. Although we are in a era of the system vs. the people; people still follow the lead of police officers. Showing the community transgenders are not accepted by misreporting their sex makes it evident their murders go unnoticed. Do police officers not considered their deaths worthy of investigation? Secondly, if we are shifting towards an era of acceptance, why are trans people the last on the list to be accepted? By not snitching, murder, theft, and abuse are all accepted. However, a group of people are still not accepted; where is the sense in this?

I think I’m going to call this altered genderism. The act of hating a person for changing their gender. Why can’t people choose who they want to be? If a girl is interested in science, she can choose to be a doctor. If a boy is interested in cars he can be a mechanic. So why is it that if a girl spiritually feels like a boy she can’t choose to be a boy, or vice versa? It’s time to wake up people, and realize their are bigger issues that need to be fought; ie. systematic slavery. We are reverting back to being killed for our color, but all we can pay attention to is killing people for their life choices. It’s time to wake up and ban together not fall apart. I would like to say R.I.P to Ms. India Clarke another sister lost to close mindedness before she had a chance to live.
  

What Happened to Sandra Bland?

“In prisons, it is not at all uncommon to find a prisoner burned or hanged to death in his cell. No matter how suspicious the circumstances, these deaths are always ruled ‘suicides.’ They are usually Black inmates, considered to be a ‘threat to the orderly running of a prison.’ They are usually among the most politically aware and socially conscious inmates in the prison.”
I wanted to start off with this very relevant quote from Assata Shakur. Before earlier today I did not know the specifics of the Sandra Bland case; I only knew it was another act of police brutality. What is bothering me is how police attitude has shifted to comply or die, when the situation is relevant to a Black person. After seeing the much edited video of the traffic stop; although, she was frustrated, at which point did she become violent? Was it the point where she was screaming her ribs were being broken? Or was it the point her head was being banged into the ground? Just as Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Tamir Rice; America is trying to paint Sandra Bland as the non-compliant black person. Therefore, the purpose of me expressing my opinion is to paint a prettier canvas.

Let’s start with some facts:

  • Sandra Bland was a activist for African American rights and spoke out against police brutality. 
  • The officer whom stopped Ms. Bland was already known for his racist antics.
  • The trash bag was not sturdy enough to support Sandra’s weight, and also should not have been in the jail cell because anything that is not bolted to the floor is considered a hazard.
  • The panel in which Sandra allegedly hung herself from was 5 feet tall, but it’s physically impossible for a 6 foot person to hang from something a foot shorter than them.
  • In a mug shot you are in street clothes not a orange jump suit.
  • While standing your shoulders will never be aligned straightly, a shadow should never be visible under your head, and your hair will not be going in a backwards motion.
  • Lastly floor is a different texture from wall.

It was clear that Sandra Bland was dead in her mugshot. It is clear that her eyes were forced open and the mugshot was taken as she laid on the floor. It was clear she did not commit suicide. What is not clear is the lack of value for human life. When officers remove that uniform they are people. Why is it that such strong voices have to be silenced? Assata Shakur said this quote in the 80s, why are we allowing a horrid history to plague us again? If an officer takes an oath to protect and serve, what are black people not being protected? Why did Sandra Bland die because she did not comply? 
My prayers go out to the family and friend of Sandra Bland. I want to leave you with this. It’s impossible to silence every Black voice, not even a genocide would kill every Black person. It’s time you stand for yourself and stand for your people. Don’t shut up anymore the time is now to wake up. At the rate things are going your name is liable to be next. 
  

Human Cruelty: The War on Haitians in the Dominican Republic by BreC

Wassup everybody it’s BreC again, and I want to talk about the racial cleansing taking place in the Dominican Republic. People have been calling this a genocide, but it’s not because the intent was not to eliminate a racial group; however, the intent is to migrate a racial group. 
The tension between Dominicans and Haitians escalated in October 1937 during the Parsley Massacre. The Dominican dictator, Rafael Trujilio, ordered for Haitian migrants that lived across the boarder to be killed. The reason being, so there could be a differentiation between black Dominicans and Haitians. Soldiers were forced to make civilians pronounce the word parsley (perejil in Spanish). Haitians speak Creole which makes it difficult to pronounce r’s. The failures of this linguistics test caused between 9000 and 20,000 Haitian fatalities in a 5 day span. This was referred to as the unknown genocide.

Antihaitinismo (anti-Haiti sentiment) did not begin with the Parsley Massacre. It began when Haitians gained their independence in 1804, and brought their culture to the Dominican Republic. On the other hand, it also did not end with the Parsley Massacre. 76 years after the Parsley Massacre discrimination and violence against Haitians still exist. In 2010 a policy was created to not give citizenship to Haitian immigrant children. This policy impacted 200,000 lives. Now almost 81 years later the killing has continued again. As we speak Haitians are being slaughtered on the streets of the Dominican Republic. 

We are living in nostalgia because history is repeating itself. Many people have tried to deny the Holocaust, but thanks to technology the horror in the Dominican Republic is visible. So now my question is, what are we going to do about it? We are one race, human. It is time to take a stand. If you do not agree with the government of the Dominican Republic’s cleansing of 250,000 black Dominicans; sign the petition (http://wh.gov/i08oV). It’s time to end racial hatred.