Author: Tanikia Carpenter

Tanikia is a lifestyle writer & blogger from Chicago. Her work has been featured on the TLC network, ESSENCE, and Huff Post LIVE, just to name a few. Tanikia is a regular contributor to Black & Married With Kids and the columnist of JET Magazine's "Giving You the Gospel". She is also the author of "When God Said Yes" & "The 30 Day Man Fast".

Just Another Blog Post About Another Hashtag of Another Black Man Killed by Police #AltonSterling

You’ve read this story before. It’s the ultimate nightmare of history repeating itself. I didn’t want to write this post again. It’s redundant. It’s being posted on the sites of every online publication today. This won’t be your first time reading this post today and it won’t be your last. There’s a collective wave of what seems like plagiarism happening…

5 Chicago Facts About Muhammad Ali

On June 3rd, 2016 the prettiest boxing champ who will go down in history as the Greatest of All Time, died from respiratory issues. It’s a well known fact that the boxing legend spent a great deal of time living in Chicago during his years of exile. Check out 5 Chicago facts about Muhammad Ali below. 1. While living in…

Can We #WearOrange Every Day in Chicago?

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day. It was founded in 2013 by teenagers on the South side of Chicago to honor the memory of Hadiya Pendleton. Since then guns continue to take the lives of innocent victims in Chicago. 69 people were shot this past Memorial Day weekend. 8 of the shootings were fatal. Yet we continue to hope. Participants…

From “The Great Migration” to “First Generation” : My Story #ProofPointDay

My grandparents hailed from Mississippi to Chicago during The Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a meat factory and also drove a pickup truck collecting odd objects he would sell along the way. My grandmother stayed at home, tending to their four boys. My father graduated from what was known as…

Is Your Child Being Taught Black History?

I asked them who was the first Black president. They eagerly and confidently responded, “Dr. King!”. I was extremely shocked and caught off guard by their answer, for multiple reasons. At the moment I was leading a discussion at a primarily African American, after-school program, on the South side of Chicago. But it wasn’t just the South side of Chicago.…

Chicago Breaks My Heart…Again. #LaQuanMcDonald

“Shoot to kill.” -Mayor Richard J. Daley The first time I watched the video of Eric Garner being choked to death by NYC police, while desperately exclaiming “I can’t breathe,” I burst into tears. I cried so hard, I shocked myself. I have no relation to Eric Garner or his family, but I’d question the humanity of any individual who’s…

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