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The Floodlight Initiative  Janai Marshall Rayfield, Truth-Teller. Equipping you to spark courageous conversation around race. Begin the journey from division towards solidarity.

Okay. I’m kinda-sorta back, maybe. Still revamping—been walking through a pretty painful time that has been making me rethink a lot of my theology on matters of justice & race relations... at GREAT personal cost to me 💔. More on that later. Eventually. But first... a selfie. lol. 📸 #ReclaimYourTime #floodlightinitiative

Taking some self-care time away from social media. Not sure how long that will be. But feel free to allow my post to prompt you to do something to care well for yourself today, so you can be your best tomorrow.
▫️To contact me directly, you can always reach me by email janai@dcfloodlightstudios.com or via phone. Thank you for your patience! ❤️

Dr. King had this concept of Beloved Community that he makes a case for in his book that I’m reading—his final published body of work entitled “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” It was a prophetic idea of ACTIVE, counter-cultural nonviolent philosophies that required reformation of the heart, reformation of unjust systems, and—most importantly—a vision for what we could be, if we are willing to make the choice of operating differently with one another than the way society, history & distorted narratives urge us to be with one another.
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In the excerpts above, you’ll see the contrasting nuances of his ideas in this account of his close working relationship with Stokely Carmichael—leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) at Howard Univ., but best known for coining the term “Black Power” & later becoming a key leader in the Black Panther & pan african movements.
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Because as much as we have knee-jerk, visceral reactions to the fruit that is borne from the sick heart of America, we ultimately have the power to make a choice about the kind of person we want to be. The kind of intentional impact our words and actions will have on others—for the progress or regress of a cause. We have the responsibility of stewarding our hearts & emotions, and not allowing fear or hurt have the immediate, final say over how we choose to sow our lives. Because our lives are actually seeds we have the ability to sow—to plant & produce more of what we hope to see in the earth. Your life, your love, & how you spend them, matters. Choose wisely.
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I, for one, choose that if I’m going to spend my life on anything, it will be on the vision of the types of relationships that are possible. Not because I don’t get furious—I do. But because of what Christ has done to make possible the heart-transformation of man. I won’t let legitimate pain & anger over what has brought us here rob me from working towards what is still possible. I’ll do it alone if I have to. But I’ll fight alongside whomever is with me. #kinginthewilderness #floodlightinitiative #blackpanther #racialjustice #resist #peaceisnotpassive #mlk #blackhistory #martinlutherking #stokelycarmichael

On April 4, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. At 39, his life was prematurely ended by an assassin’s bullet, but the power of his nonviolent message of justice and peace could not be killed. Today marks the 50th anniversary of that fateful day. As a result, the sobering commemoration has sparked reflection among many Christians who know the church’s troubled history regarding racial justice.
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Dr. King had this concept of Beloved Community that he makes a case for in his book that I’m reading—his final published body of work entitled “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” It was a prophetic idea of ACTIVE, counter-cultural nonviolent philosophies that required both reformation of the heart, reformation of unjust systems, and—most importantly—a vision for what we could be, if we are willing to make the choice of operating differently with one another than the way society, history and false, divisive narratives urge us to be with one another.
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Because as much as we have knee-jerk, visceral reactions to the fruit that is borne from the sick heart of America, we ultimately have the power to make a choice about the kind of person we want to be. The kind of intentional impact our words and actions will have on others for progress or regress of a cause. We have the responsibility of stewarding our hearts & emotions, and not allowing fear or hurt have the immediate, final say over how we choose to sow our lives. Because our lives are actually seeds we have the ability to sow—to plant & produce more of what we hope to see in the earth. Your life, your love, and how you spend them, matters. Choose wisely.
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I, for one, choose that if I’m going to spend my life on anything, it will be on the vision of the types of relationships that are possible, because of what Christ has done to make possible the heart-transformation of man. I won’t let legitimate pain & anger over what has brought us here rob me from working towards what is still possible. I’ll do it alone if I have to. But I’ll fight alongside whomever is with me. #KingInTheWilderness #mlk #resist #floodlightinitiative #peaceisnotpassive

Repost @troubledman_: I feel a lot of anger about the sanitized version of Martin Luther King Jr that I was taught about in school. His legacy is so often portrayed as this shallow view of racism. Near the 50th anniversary of his assassination, this documentary serves to undo a lot of that. It shows a deeply humanized version of Dr. King, his overcoming the fear of dying, it briefly explored the relationship between him and his father, his ability to quickly understand the difference in systemic racism between the North and South, his evolving views on the ways race and socioeconomic policies were inextricably intertwined. It makes you see clearer than ever what we lost, the effect those 12 years in the movement had on his mental health...this documentary is just a lot. It's one of the most expansive documentaries I've ever seen and found new ways to explore Dr. King by zeroing in on the last 18 months of his life. I can't recommend this enough.
#KingInTheWilderness #DrKing #MartinLutherKing #HBO ________________________________________________ #courageousconvo #racialreconciliation #racialjustice #✊🏾 #bethechange #resist #dissentispatriotic #courage #peaceisnotpassive #beyourself #courageousconversations #equity #buildingbridges #blacklivesmatter #justice #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #narrativematters #representationmatters

3/28=my BIRTHDAY!!! Thank you all for coming on this journey with me. I hope for this to increasingly be a safe space to initiate conversation & ask hard questions. I don’t have lots of answers tbh. But from what I have been learning, it’s my privilege to share & encourage you in. SO grateful for another year to do so, & I aim to steward your trust well. I don’t take it lightly. And I’m grateful for your willingness to lean into these things together, to hopefully end up a little bit more on the same side with one another day by day 😊. #birthdaygirl #grateful
📸: @therealbfree
💄: @kfreestyles

Heart too heavy to say what I want yet. But this is a snapshot of the country we live in. And we need to take a good, hard look at the implications of this—its impact on those we’re in relationship with, go to work with, in “community” with.
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We must address that these things are portrayed the way they are in the media very intentionally—to the great benefit of those of you in our lives who are white, and to the great detriment of those of us who are not. And it must be pushed back upon.
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Because saying we want to operate in “love” with other people must include mourning with those who mourn, and not perpetuating (or making excuses for) systems that we have been made aware cause them great harm. Real, actionable, visible, effective love partners to meet the demands of contributing to making things right. Or at least incrementally more right than things were yesterday...
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...and👆🏾happened yesterday. Happens every day. Are you alright with that? I—for one, but representing many—am not. #floodlightinitiative ________________________________________________ #courageousconvo #racialreconciliation #racialjustice #✊🏾 #bethechange #resist #dissentispatriotic #courage #peaceisnotpassive #beyourself #courageousconversations #equity #buildingbridges #blacklivesmatter #justice #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #narrativematters #representationmatters

Because when I see people who look like me doing successful things, I grow up and see that it’s possible for me to do successful things. But if I look around in a room where successful people all look very different than me? Then just as I feel that I do not belong in that room, I will feel that their type of success is also inaccessible to me or others like me. Thoughts on this?? #representationmatters ________________________________________________ #floodlightinitiative #courageousconvo #racialreconciliation #racialjustice #✊🏾 #bethechange #resist #dissentispatriotic #courage #peaceisnotpassive #beyourself #courageousconversations #equity #buildingbridges #blacklivesmatter #justice #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory

Feeling generally unsafe is a HUGE aspect of navigating life as a person of color. Then add to that the theme of being portrayed in media (especially men of color) as dangerous, as criminals, as reckless, as more threatening than our white counterparts of the same age and gender.
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This historically has led to a disproportionate number of people of color filling American penitentiaries and being killed for nonviolent infractions at the hands of authorities.
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How does a being survive this? Unfortunately, very many people... don’t.
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What issues around safety come to the forefront for you (or for people you love)? Share an experience or a thought below, and let’s talk.
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PRACTICE OPPORTUNITY: let’s practice sharing comments as though you were talking to someone face-to-face, who you will see AGAIN tomorrow, whose real-life experience has colored their worldview. The goal of this is not to come away agreeing with everyone’s viewpoint—that would be naive and unrealistic. Rather, this is to challenge us to listen & learn from differing viewpoints.
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My hope for you is that you would begin to assume the BEST of your sister (or brother) on the other side of their comment, and engage them as though the goal is to end up a little bit more on the same side, together. Because we make one another much richer with our differing perspectives. When when we know better, we can do a lot better. And everything is a lot better, together. Hope you find the courage to share! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 ________________________________________________ #floodlightinitiative #courageousconvo #racialreconciliation #racialjustice #✊🏾 #bethechange #resist #dissentispatriotic #courage #peaceisnotpassive #beyourself #courageousconversations #equity #buildingbridges #blacklivesmatter #justice #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #trayvonmartin #notsafe #blackcriminality

Such a joy to connect with Juliette from @rethinkingus yesterday! This dope woman is such a force. SO humbled and encouraged to chat with this lovely ally, who is fighting hard to love people well in Redding, CA in ways that matter. She and her hubby are building a house church that weaves God’s heart for racial conciliation into the fabric of their community. Follow her journey—you’ll thank me, I promise. Excited for you, Juliette!!! 🙌🏾❤️🙌🏼❤️#whitealliesmatter #internationalwomensday ________________________________________________ #floodlightinitiative #courageousconvo #racialreconciliation #racialjustice #✊🏾 #bethechange #resist #dissentispatriotic #courage #peaceisnotpassive #beyourself #courageousconversations #equity #buildingbridges #blacklivesmatter #justice #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory

Then, he called you his Bride. 👰🏽👀 _____________________________________________ Repost: @heytherekezia #internationalwomensday

@mrjefftyler: Thats right! And their actual names are the Ahosi or the N’nonmiton. The Dahomey Warriors is the name that was dubbed by the European traders because these mighty Warriors reminded them of the Greek Amazons of myth. The more you know 💫 #internationalwomensday #doramilaje #fierce #ahosi #nnonmiton #dahomeyamazons ________________________________________________ #floodlightinitiative #courageousconvo #racialreconciliation #racialjustice #✊🏾 #bethechange #resist #dissentispatriotic #courage #peaceisnotpassive #beyourself #courageousconversations #equity #rezist #buildingbridges #blacklivesmatter #justice #blackhistorymonth #blackhistory

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