New York City — Refinery 29, a modern woman’s destination for how to live a stylish, well-rounded life, that covers breaking entertainment news, fashion tips, health, and more, held a special Facebook Live Town Hall, R29 Dialogue: Race in America. Invited to appear on the panel were a diverse group of activists and stakeholders to discuss recent events, what they mean, and how to work together for change, Wednesday morning.
BLEA’s Damon K. Jones at the R29 Dialog: Race In America
Panelists included Amani Alkhat, founder of muslimgirl.com; Maria Haberfeld, professor of police science and chairperson in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College; Seamus Kirst, a journalist and ally activist; Damon K. Jones, New York State representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America & Publisher of Black Westchester Magazine, and Jamia Wilson, a journalist and activist. The town hall discussion was broadcasted of Facebook Live and took questions live from our in-house audience and viewers on our Facebook page.
The discussion was inspired by recent events over the past week, because America has been rocked by a series of deaths and tragedies that have shined a light on issues of racial tension here. So following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and the fatal shootings of five police officers at a rally in Dallas, Americans are wondering what to do and how to heal a country that can feel so divided. So Refinery29, began to think about how they could turn their own confusion and grief into something positive.
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