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AIEJ Thought Leadership explores Emotional Justice: the Concept, the Language, the Framework through:-

 - Essays
 - Theatre
 - Podcast 
 - Video

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ESSAYS

 

RAYE, RETURN and a RECKONING

“I am Queen Mother of Ghana!” said Lisa Raye, an African-American actress, philanthropist, and the former First Lady of Turks and Caicos on The Wendy Williams Show.  Raye explained on the US-television show she was using her platform to work on issues of education in Ghana, build a small school there and raise peace and awareness.  The audience cheered enthusiastically. ‘Good for you’, said Wendy Williams.

The Wendy Williams show is watched by an average of 1.6 million people daily. Raye’s ‘Queen Mother’ naming ceremony news has made global headlines, garnered controversy, and has been the focus of discussion, derision, anger, ridicule and hurt. I was in Philadelphia watching this. It was still a point of discussion when I landed back home in Accra...

https://thebftonline.com/2019/features/raye-returnees-and-a-reckoning/

BROTHERHOOD of SILENCE

“I witnessed a rape at 17 years old. The girl was 14 years, the younger sister of a friend. There were 8 to 10 guys there. I felt helpless and guilty. I did nothing. We all feared the rapist. I felt terrible. That moment is seared into my memory. This is an experience I regret to this very day. I learned to speak up. I had to unlearn silence,” says Kwesi, a Ghanaian man in an interview for #IAmUNLEARNING, a groundbreaking three-year project on African manhood and masculinity here in Ghana...

https://thebftonline.com/2019/features/brotherhood-of-silence-your-silence-will-not-save-you/

Esther has a body of work that spancs 10 years’ the following:-

Esther Armah has an EMOTIONAL JUSTICE column. This series of writings is being published in WARSCAPES. 
 

From I Can’t Grieve to I Can’t Breathe: Black Grief Matters – July 2019

http://www.warscapes.com/column/esther-armah/i-can-t-breathe-i-can-t-grieve-black-grief-matters

Haunted & Hunted: Emotional Justice for #TheExoneratedFive – March 2019

http://www.warscapes.com/column/esther-armah/haunted-and-hunted-emotional-justice-theexonerated5

Jay Z 4:44 Intimate Reckoning

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jay-z-444-intimate-reckoning_us_5a38ebdee4b0c12e6337b097

What Black women want and need

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/dec/03/emotional-justice-what-black-women-want-and-need

‘Birthdays. Legacies, Love, Leadership:

Letter to Winnie Mandela – Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/letter-to-winnie-mandela_b_1684393.html

The Missionary’s Position – Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/the-missionarys-position_b_4417227.html

On Boston & Violence – an Intimate Relationship – Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/on-boston-violence_b_3096145.html

Black Bodies, White Terrorism – A Global ReImagining of Forgiveness

http://gawker.com/black-bodies-white-terrorism-a-global-reimagining-of-1715637306

SELMA: The Beautiful, Complicated, Connected Histories of Global Black Folk – Gawker

http://review.gawker.com/the-beautiful-complicated-connected-histories-of-blac-1679342925

theSWAGspot: Intimate Public Space to Talk Love, Lessons and Legacy With Men for Men

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/theswagspot-intimate-publ_b_3399877.html

 

The Other National Conversation? White Privilege

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/the-other-national-conver_1_b_3660742.html

 

Lil Kim: Diary of a Mirror

http://www.ebony.com/wellness-empowerment/essay-lil-kim-diary-of-a-mirror

https://www.theroot.com/lil-kim-and-our-relationship-with-beauty-1790892818

 

Lupita: Black Beauty’s Intimate Revolution

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/lupita-back-beautys-intim_b_4979518.html

 

Emotional Justice: On ‘Perfect’ Victims and ‘Ideal’ Predators

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/esther-armah/emotional-justice-on-perf_2_b_3968774.html

Esther’s essays on Emotional Justice have been published in the following books:-‘ CHARLESTON SYLLABUS: Readings on Race, Racism and Racial Violence’ Edited by Dr Chad Williams, Dr Kidada Williams and Dr Keisha Blain and BLACK COOL edited by Rebecca Walker.