Key West Africana Festival

It was an honor to be invited to speak during the opening session of the 3rd Biennial Key West Africana Festival. If you aren't aware, Key West has some amazing history, from the African Cemetery to the exhibit on the wrecked slave ship, the Henrietta Marie, at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. The focus of my remarks revolved around the meaning of Juneteenth, since the Festival fell just a few days after that holiday. The title of my speech is "Juneteenth R...

Interview with Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs on WLRN’s “Topical Currents”

(5-23-2017) Today’s Topical Currents is with Florida Memorial University history professor, Dr. Tameka Hobbs, who’s written the book, DEMOCRACY ABROAD, LYNCHING AT HOME:  Racial Violence in Florida. The Sunshine State is usually viewed as atypical of other Southern states, more progressive, yet during the 1940s, it suffered more lynchings of blacks than other Deep South states. This while Americans fought World War II to protect democratic principles

Listen To Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs On The Marc Bernier Show

Dr. Tamkea Bradley Hobbs joined Marc Bernier on The Marc Bernier Show for an interview discussing Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida. About Marc Bernier: Forty-one year radio and television veteran, Marc Bernier, is often heard to say talking to people is the greatest job he has ever had. He is the host of The Marc Bernier Show, which airs weekdays from 3-6 p.m., on 93.5FM/1150AM WNDB Daytona Beach, Florida. Now in his 25th


  January 15, 2016 I keep trying to avoid wading into the morass of the Cosby debate, but two things keep drawing me back – attitudes around women and male leaders within the African American community. People keep comparing Cosby to Charlie Sheen and Woody Allen. I’ve even seen a meme with George Washington that made me want to pull out my hair. Cosby actually has more in common, though, with Clarence Thomas. Remember him? Before he was t...

Practicing What I Preach: My Black Boy Reads!

Practicing What I Preach: My Black Boy Reads!
I will treasure this image for years to come. My husband and I are standing with our youngest son, Amiri, who took home the trophy for having the most Accelerated Reader points for the entire 3rd grade at this school. It was a triumph for our family and, I pray, a sign of things to come for my son. That trophy, medal, and certificate means that we have, at least momentarily, defined the odds. You see, in the nefarious school-to-prison pipeline, l...


It seems that the University of Missouri is now, for a second time in a century, serving as ground-zero for change in higher education in the nation. Nearly 80 years ago, in 1936, Lloyd Gaines sued the state of Missouri after being refused admission to the School of Law at the University of Missouri because of his race. The U.S. Supreme Court famously decided in Gaines’ favor in their 1938 Missouri ex rel. Gaines v. Canada decision ruling that it was a vio

She has issues, but Rachel Dolezal is not the problem

I sincerely believe that Rachel Dolezal has psychological issues. However, at this point, I am less interested in her than the debate about race and identity that she has sparked. (1) Black folks' furor is out of proportion. This is ONE woman. Judging by the level of some of the outrage, you'd think that there was a secret army of white women climbing through our windows at night and stealing our hot combs. We know this chic. You see her at the family r...

Can Live Oak Overcome Its History of Racism?

I grew up in Live Oak, Florida, and go back to visit my family several times a year. My roots in the community run deep. That’s why the racism experienced by the group of high school students and their chaperones at an Econo Lodge in my hometown, a story that has gone viral on social media, is so painful. The account given by the group from Flint, Michigan, who were on a college tour, details being called “n*ggers,” told to stay in their rooms, and expelle...

Throwing Shade: How Black Women Use Humor on Social Media to Deflect Pain

It started as I pondered Black Twitter’s response to Starbucks’ #RaceTogether campaign, a well-intended but clumsy foray into America’s racial morass. The poorly conceptualized initiative spawned a hashtag of its own: #NewStarbucksDrinks. It captured the ridiculousness of discussing serious racial issues—police brutality and marginalization—over a cup of coffee. Hilarity ensued. https://twit