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mjboddie Maya J. Boddie

Maya is a News & Politics writer with Blavity, and alumna of Hampton University, who just wants justice for black folks. She's currently navigating the nonprofit world and attempting to make diversity happen, and also a writing fellow with Center for Community Change. Follow her on Twitter & IG @MJBoddie.

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Black Lives Matter Nashville On Fighting To Free Cyntoia Brown: The Process And The Victory

In December 2018, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that Cyntoia Brown would have to serve 51 more years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. However, Black Lives Matter (BLM) Nashville was not having it, and Brown's freedom became their priority. In their eyes, Gov. Bill Haslam had one job left to do before leaving office on January 19, 2019: Grant...

5 Verdicts To Watch For In 2019

Next year, several trials will take place that both directly and indirectly impact the Black community. When it comes to our justice system, we've gotten used to people not receiving their due justice. In 2019, there are several high-profile trials that we should all be monitoring.Similar to George Zimmerman, Markeis McGlockton's killer has so far been protected under the...

5 Black Women Who've Been Fighting For Criminal Justice Reform Long Before Kim Kardashian

Criminal justice reform is not anything new. However, since Kim Kardashian managed to persuade 45 to free Alice Marie Johnson from prison earlier this year, she's somehow started to receive credit for a fight she did not begin.  When it comes to fighting for change with our criminal justice system,  it's one that has long been led by strong Black women. It's...