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Malkia A. Cyril

Entries by Malkia A. Cyril

We Speak for Ourselves: Black Digital Power in the 21st Century

(11) Comments | Posted February 4, 2015 | 12:28 PM

'Super-predator.' 'Crack baby.' 'Welfare Queen.'

It was 1987, and my 13-year-old interaction with mainstream news and entertainment media was a martial one. I felt it as a daily pain, the way each and every criminalizing descriptor peeled back my dignity to the raw shame of being found perpetually guilty. Like...

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Turn Up: 21st-Century Black Millennials Are Bringing Direct Action Back

(10) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 3:38 PM

At 7:30am on a rainy Monday morning, a multi-racial team of activists led by Black millennial direct action groups Blackout Collective, #BlackBrunch and Black Lives Matter accomplished what had never been done before. They shut down police headquarters in downtown Oakland, California, for four...

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5 Really Big Myths About 'Next Generation' Civil Rights and the Fight for an Open Internet

(5) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:16 AM

As Black communities emerge from the shadows of criminalization, hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter have jumped off the computer screen and into the street. Beyond sparking a long-awaited new civil rights movement, they are also catalyzing an amazing 21st century model for civil rights activism.


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Thank You, Black Internet, for Bringing #Ferguson to Me

(4) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:43 PM

"Over the course of history, each new medium to arrive has had the potential to enable everyday people to push back on power, to produce and distribute authentic messages coming from our communities, undisturbed by a corporate filter. And each has repeatedly been killed. For each medium - radio, television,...

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Hell No, We Won't Go: No Fake Net Neutrality for Racial Justice Advocates

(2) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 2:42 PM

As the Federal Communications Commission considers Comcast's bid to control the lion's share of the Internet and cable market, the Wall Street Journal reports that the regulatory agency intends to propose rules that will allow Internet companies to discriminate online. The consequences for Internet...

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Face It, Comcast Doesn't Love You

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:00 PM

You know when it seems like you've met the one. They look goooood, and say all the right things. They even offer to pay for stuff. Then one day, you catch them sneaking around with the legislator or lobbyist next door (let's just call their "friend" ALEC, for conversational purposes),...

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OMG Comcast! Pick on Someone Your Own Size

(54) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 3:18 PM

Last week the public was dismayed and disgusted by news that FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker was leaving her government job to lobby on behalf of the Comcast-NBC colossus whose merger she had just approved.

Seattle's Reel Grrls -- an award-winning nonprofit group that trains teenage girls in making their...

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Moral Budgets: Wedging Black Women's Bodies Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2011 | 4:28 PM

The 2012 budget is a a painful story. Where it cuts and what it spends tells the story of how deep misogyny runs in the United States.

Despite high rates of unemployment, staggering rates of black poverty, and an insane federal deficit, House Republicans voted 240-185 last week to undermine...

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The Internet Strikes Back: Why the Internet Needs Jedi Knights

(9) Comments | Posted February 16, 2011 | 2:00 PM

On February 17th, all across the country, community leaders and low-income wireless users will make calls asking Congress to vote yes on Internet Freedom and squash the Repeal Act. The Repeal Act is a bill pursuant to the Congressional Review Act which allows Congress to overturn...

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In Defense of Sub-Standard Cell Phone Service: Big Media Gets Rescued. Again.

(6) Comments | Posted February 7, 2011 | 11:15 PM

If the ethos of America is about removing unfair barriers to individual opportunity and success, then it is un-American to give low-income communities substandard Internet service that creates barriers to economic opportunity and democratic engagement. Still, Metro PCS is doing just that -- offering a cell phone package to poor...

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Who Will Defend the Rights of People of Color to an Open Internet? We Speak for Ourselves.

(12) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 5:59 AM

In every competition, there's a winner and a loser.

The open Internet protections being debated by the Federal Communications Commission right now will determine who wins and who loses in the fight over whether big companies or regular people will control the Internet. I want everyday people to...

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The Strongest Open Internet Protections Possible: Yes, We Can.

(7) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 7:18 PM

The debate over Open Internet Protections and civil rights is heating up.

In a response to my recent call for the voices of young leaders of color to be heard on the issue of strong open Internet protections, Commissioner Robert Steele, President of the National Association of Black...

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A New Civil Rights Mandate: Champion Open Networks To Close the Digital Divide

(13) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 11:05 AM

There's a reason why the more than 100 organizations of the Media Action Grassroots Network are taking action on February 15th, 2010.

As the Federal Communications Commission moves to quickly finalize a National Broadband Plan that many hope will ensure Internet access for all and create opportunity for innovation...

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The Internet Must Not Become a Segregated Community

(4) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 4:07 PM

Co-authored by Malkia Cyril, Chris Rabb and Joseph Torres

When Fox News' Glenn Beck called President Barack Obama a racist this past July, the online advocacy group launched a campaign to convince advertisers to boycott the show. To date, some 285,000 people have joined the effort, and more...

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