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- How Exceptional Black Women Lead — A Conversation With Dr. Avis Jones DeWeever
Dr. DeWeever’s latest book helps black women realize their full potential- June 12, 2018
- Nick Cave’s Soundsuits Confront Racism With Radical Artistry [Video]
An exhibition entitled “Here Hear” was previously on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum in Detroit, close to Cave’s alma mater.- October 17, 2016
- Body PositiveSpeaker Malia Anderson Talks Passion, Perseverance and Paying It Forward
“What if I just woke up every morning and said ‘This is my body and I love it.’ and then I went out the door and presented myself in the best possible way?”- October 9, 2016
Though Chicago is the city most known for its disconcerting number of black homicide, an unsuspecting Nebraska town is a close second. Omaha was found to be the host of an alarming number of black homicides. Of 30 black people killed in Nebraska in 2011, 27 were killed in Omaha.
A recent documentary, entitled “I Dream of an Omaha where. . .” depicts this hidden struggle in bold detail. Director Mele Mason and writer Daniel Beaty collaborated with former gang members and others who have been affected by gangs.
A related issue is also revealed in the film: Omaha’s struggle to keep black professionals in the city. Typically, black professionals will leave Omaha in hopes of finding better career opportunities and a better lifestyle. Moniki Cannon, a career and life coach, refuses to turn her back on Omaha.
The owner of the Gunn and Cannon Empowerment Group, Cannon is no stranger to the challenges of being a black professional. In an interview with KETV she revealed, “Someone told me, ‘you are young, you are Black, you are female, you will not amount to anything here.
“I want people to identify the problem, but let’s not just identify it, let’s find solutions. And it takes everyone, not just the Black people, not just with white people, but everyone sitting in our community.”
Cannon is striving to create a cohesive black community in Omaha that will allow the black population to comfortably thrive. The consulting company she runs with her husband has helped her encourage the development of others and overcome her own discriminatory experiences.
As she says, “Do I feel like I’ve run circles around some of my white counterparts a time or two? Absolutely. Did I necessarily get the reward I should have? Not necessarily. But I was able to grow.”
The efforts of her company are encouraging black professionals to stay rooted in Omaha, denying racism an undue victory.