The Work Is Just Beginning.

George Floyd. Say his name.
Breonna Taylor. Say her name.
Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Philando Castile.
Say their names.
We are learning and unlearning new things every day. We have compiled a list of resources for people who want to help, but may not know where to start. We also wanted these resources to be compiled for you in a permanent place, so you can refer back to this as often as you need. The work is just beginning. If you have questions, corrections, or suggestions, we urge you to reach out to us at hello@aprescollections.com. We will keep this list updated with your suggestions. 
EDUCATE YOURSELF
It is no one's responsibility to educate you. It is especially not the responsibility of BIPOC men and women. Understand that learning about racism is a privilege in itself because you are not experiencing it first hand.
Here's a list of books, podcasts, films, and other educational resources to get you started. We've linked them all below, but here are a few Black-owned bookstores to check out for these books, and for any others on your reading list:
BOOKS TO READ AND SHARE

 

ORGANIZATIONS TO SUPPORT

 

Black Led LGBTQ+ Organizations (it is Pride month, after all)

 

Additional Organizations

 

BLACK-OWNED WINERIES TO SUPPORT

 

 

BLACK-OWNED RESTAURANTS TO SUPPORT (DENVER SPECIFIC)

  • Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
  • African Grill & Bar
  • Africana Restaurant + Cafe
  • Arada Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Axum Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Bar Helix
  • Boney's BBQ
  • Catfish Haven
  • Coffee at the Point
  • CoraFaye's Soul Food
  • Genna Rae's Wings and More
  • Gypsy House Cafe
  • HiRa Cafe and Patisserie
  • Hot Chick-a-Latte
  • Intersections Restaurant
  • Hungry Wolf BBQ
  • Jacaranda
  • Jamaican Grill
  • Jebena Ethiopian Coffee + Culture
  • Jessie's Smokin' NOLA
  • Konjo Ethiopian Truck
  • Le French
  • Maandeeq East African
  • Megeagna
  • Mesob Ethiopian
  • MyKings Ice Cream
  • NATIV
  • Nile Ethiopian Restaurant
  • NOLA VoodooTavern + Perks
  • Novel Strand Brewing
  • Queen of Sheba Ethiopian
  • Rass Kassass's Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Smith + Canon
  • Sweet Sweetz
  • TeaLee's Teahouse
  • The Blazing Chicken Shack III
  • The Ethiopian Food Truck
  • The Ethiopian Restaurant
  • The Sojourner's Coffee and Tea
  • Trina's Place
  • Welton Street Cafe
  • Whittier Cafe

 

FILMS TO WATCH

  • 13th (Netflix)
  • Black Power Mixtape: 1967-1975 (Rent)
  • American Son (Netflix)
  • Dear White People (Netflix)
  • Clemency (Rent)
  • If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
  • See You Yesterday (Netflix)
  • When They See Us (Netflix)
  • The Hate U Give (Hulu)
  • Fruitvale Station (Rent)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Rent)
  • Just Mercy (Rent)
  • Selma (Rent)
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (Rent)

 

PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO

  • Code Switch (NPR)
  • The Diversity Gap
  • 1619 (New York Times)
  • About Race
  • Intersectionality Matters! (Kimberlé Crenshaw)
  • Momentum: A Race Forward Podcast
  • Pod Save the People (Crooked Media)
  • Pod for the Cause (Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights)

 

ACTIONS TO TAKE

  • Host a screening of any of the movies listed above. Invite your friends, family, and/or community. 
  • Call/write/email your elected officials. Advocate for criminal justice reform. Ask that racial impact statements be required for bills regarding criminal justice reform.
  • Create a book club that focuses on the reading list above.
  • Don't be silent when you hear a racist joke. Silence is support.
  • Contact your child's school and see how slavery, the Jim Crow era, and the Civil War are being taught. Advocate that many voices be used in the study of history. Advocate that the teachers don't skip over these parts, and that history is taught correctly.
  • Register to vote. Did you know District Attorney's and judges are on the ballot? You have the power to vote out those that do not represent your views. Use it!
  • Familiarize yourself with common talking points. For example, when people say that Black Lives Matter is a violent/terrorist group, explain to them that there are fringe groups that are misrepresented as part of BLM. If your uncle doesn't want to be lumped in with the KKK, he can’t lump violent protesters in with BLM. Are you getting the "what about 'black-on-black crime'" line? Francesca has your back.
  • Attend town halls, candidate meet-and-greets, etc for political candidates and ask about ending mass incarceration, reducing mandatory minimum sentences, reducing or ending solitary confinement, decriminalizing weed, ending cash bail.
  • Keep. Educating. Yourself. The work is just beginning.

 

Après is a two-woman team that believes in love, respect, and justice for all genders, races, and beliefs. We will continue to educate ourselves. We have some ideas in the works to contribute to the movement, and will provide updates when they come to fruition. 

 

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