Halloween While Black

I may have never gone trick-or-treating, but my mother made our home a Halloween wonderland

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America is a country divided and let’s face it: Black people celebrate Halloween in a different way than White people do. Momentum takes a week-long look at #HalloweenWhileBlack.

Every year, once the sun goes down a little earlier and pumpkin spice lattes make their seasonal debut, I have one question for literally everyone I can encounter: What are you going to be for Halloween?

I always enjoy my favorite holiday, whether with a glam mermaid or Princess Jasmine ensemble or in a superhero onesie like I’ll do this quarantined-themed Allhallows’ Eve.

My love for Fright Night has run deep since I was a tiny treater. For one of my first Halloween nights, my mom transformed me into a Barbie doll. Over the years, I became Jem (from the ’80s-baby cartoon Jem and the Holograms), Casper, Minnie Mouse, and Punky Brewster. The only costumes I weren’t down for: Anything scary, ghoulish, or remotely — well — Halloween. When my mom tried to dress me as a witch in the fourth grade, I told her I’d only agree if I could be a nice and beautiful witch. This nine-year-old wouldn’t budge, so we went with a princess instead. …

If you grew up watching the WWF in the ’80s, you’ve definitely heard of Koko B. Ware. David Dennis, Jr. pays homage to the Hall of Famer and reminds us of Koko’s legacy:

“In the end, Koko B. Ware’s charisma and gimmick transcended his actual win-loss record. In the era of Hogan, Savage, and The Hart Foundation, he stood out and became a household name even, as he was overlooked as an in-ring star.”

Read Dennis’ entire story below.

Whether intentional or not, the adorable movie is an introduction to a big social issue

“In a matter of movie minutes, four of the imprisoned men who have mostly shed their hard exteriors pull together to try to get Paddington out of jail. The escape is successful and the next time we see the four escaped prisoners, they are helping save Paddington’s life before setting off to contribute to society.

The surface-level lesson is one that we teach all kids about love forming unlikely friendships and all that. But there’s a more subtle lesson about the nature of prisons that you can use to introduce to your kids to have a more nuanced discussion about criminal justice.” — David Dennis, Jr.

Read Dennis’ entire story below.

From The Boss to The Beatles and Stevie to Jay-Z

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For booklovers worldwide, November 17 is a significant release day. Former President Barack Obama’s presidential memoir, A Promised Land, makes its debut today. Obama’s latest tome tracks some of his pivotal moments as POTUS and is the first part of a two-volume effort.

Widely known for his music and book picks, the 44th president of the U.S. made sure to share a playlist to accompany A Promised Land, with songs that have particular meaning to him when looking back at his eight-year tenure.

Check out Obama’s full playlist below.


Jada Gomez

Senior Platform Editor at Medium. Girl with the long last name from the Empire State. NYU Alum. Runner. Puppy Mommy. Smiler.

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