#LucyLives | Jamie Broadnax

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With May Day coming up on May 1, it’s a great time for us all to be re-inspired byLucy Parsons, a #BlackIndian Latina resistance leader.  She taught us how to resist, as she helped organize the first May Day march of 1886, setting up modern protest as we know it today. If it weren’t for Lucy, we might all be working 16 hours a day in factories from childhood on. She was an intersectional feminist and mother of the sit-down strike (sit-ins in the 1960s and Occupy most recently).

The Lucy Parsons Center in Boston and Lucy Parsons Labs in Chicago still carry her name. They advocate for our civil liberties and research police brutality patterns, respectively.

Lucy Gonzales Parsons is the reason we have certain protest tactics and direct action that are still used now. She’s widely known for not backing down and standing up for those in need.  There are those out there who carry on her legacy.
Stay tuned here and watch the tag #LucyLives to find out who they are.

This week, we bring you Jamie Broadnax: Founder and Managing Editor of Black Girl Nerds!

Tell us about your background and how you got started with your calling in life.

I got started in this space of blogging back in the early 2000s.  I used to write movie reviews. Then, in 2012 I googled “Black Girl Nerds” and nothing came up. Prior to BGN when I did movie reviews I provided a space for indie filmmakers to have a platform to share their stories.  So I guess my calling is being of service to underrepresented communities.

How do you identify with Lucy Parsons? 

She’s a known labor organizer.  So in that respect, I identify with being someone who’s an organizer and community builder!

What are your proudest moments?

Creating the space Black Girl Nerds! It’s the best work I’ve done!

What have your biggest challenges been and what do you anticipate?

Dealing with criticism and vitriol online.  Even though I know it’s never personal, it still hurts sometimes.  I do anticipate growth and more opportunities for Black women because of the community building behind BGN.

How are you using your voice? And how are you helping others do the same? 

I use it literally through podcasting and I try to help others by encouraging to create their own platforms and launch their own podcasts.  I’ve had a hand in doing a few and I’m super proud of how successful these folks are doing now!

What do you want to change about the world? And how will you do it?

I want to dismantle and erase racism and patriarchy.  Get rid of white privilege and provide opportunities for everyone, not just a specific group of people.  It’s a lofty request, but that’s what I want to see happen. As to how I will do it?  I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, which is providing a large-scale platform for Black women’s stories to be heard and seen.

What’s next for you?

I’m launching Universal Fan Con which starts in April of 2018.  And I have a book coming out next year as well.  2018 is gonna be HUGE!

You can find BGN on twitter at @BlackGirlNerds or check out the BGN Podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes!  If you feel Lucy Parsons’ spirit of resistance lives in you, get in touch!  We’d love to hear about you and your activism.

Interview by Thuc Nguyen

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Thuc Doan Nguyen lives in Los Angeles where she runs TheBitchPack.com and writes for The Toni Lahren Show (don’t worry- it’s a one letter off parody). Thuc believes that women’s voices and the power of storytelling can change lives and society. She’s at @biatchpack