Black History Month 2017: Brad Lomax, Disabled Black Panther

Posted on Feb 17th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

One Black disabled advocate from the past I have enjoyed writing about is Brad Lomax, who was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP).  One of the…

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Black History Month 2017: Johnnie Lacy, Defiantly Black & Disabled

Posted on Feb 10th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

In continuing with my Black History Month focus on Black disabled leaders, I am proudly sharing the story of Johnnie Lacy, a woman who directed the…

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Black History Month 2017: Remembering Joyce Jackson, Black, Disabled, & Phenomenal

Posted on Feb 3rd, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

For Black History Month 2017, I will feature the names, faces, and voices of Black disabled people who were a part of the influential advocacy…

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Black-ish & Speechless: The Night Primetime TV Got It Right

Posted on Jan 28th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Despite the seemingly limitless TV programming options that exist for our entertainment pleasure, very few target the identities I have in a manner…

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The Woodland Hills High School-to-Prison Pipeline

Posted on Dec 16th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

The intersection of race and disability is often ignored when we discuss the injustices that disadvantage disabled students of color within our…

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Living in Trump’s America: Thoughts From a Black Disabled Woman

Posted on Dec 9th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

It has been a month since the Presidential election, and the dust still has not settled from the shock of Donald Trump winning the coveted seat or…

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Luke Cage: The Black Disabled Superhero We Need

Posted on Oct 25th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Luke Cage was one of Netflix’s original series I had waited all summer to watch.  Being a blerd and someone who enjoys comics, I was proudly a…

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Visiting The National Museum of African American History & Culture: My Disabled Blerd Thoughts

Posted on Oct 14th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

It is no secret how big of a disabled blerd (black nerd) I am, and my love for anything related to Black culture and history.  During my hiatus from…

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If I Die in Police Custody…

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

[Content warning:  death, police murder, swearing] If I die in police custody, I died a soldier, a warrior, a hell-raiser, an instigator, a…

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Being a Black Disabled Woman Is An Act of Defiance: Remembering #KorrynGaines

Posted on Aug 10th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Being a Black disabled woman in America is a sheer act of defiance.   What brought me to this statement was the gross amounts of ableism, racism,…

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