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Yes, Black People Care About Education Too

Yes, Black People Care About Education Too

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The spate of recent news about stellar Black teens being accepted to Ivy League intuitions has started quite a debate. While many have congratulated the young men on their accomplishments, others used the occasion to offer a diss to African-Americans by commenting, “More Black folks need to see this! Maybe they’ll take education more seriously.”

Though I typically roll my eyes at such…

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When Nature Calls, A Transgender Woman Must Answer

When Nature Calls, A Transgender Woman Must Answer

AndreStClair3If one were to take to the Clutch comments section to the reporting of a young transwoman being discriminated against as an accurate representation of black women thought, we would learn that American black women only understand their own oppression.  Whether or not that would be an accurate assessment I do not know.  My optimism and experience with enlightened women of all races tells me that it…

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Dear Black Men: No, You Don’t Get Props For Doing the Basics

Dear Black Men: No, You Don’t Get Props For Doing the Basics

Black manA funny thing happened on Twitter this morning. As I scrolled through my timeline, I came across a conversation between one of my tweeps, a very outspoken advocate for Black women (and boys too), and a young man who was apparently patting himself on the back for not having a rap sheet, babies, or falling into any of the stereotypical traps some Black men have found themselves stuck in. His…

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Dear Parents: This is NOT Discipline, It’s Abuse

Dear Parents: This is NOT Discipline, It’s Abuse

Screen Shot 2014-03-17 at 11.15.10 AMAnother horrific video surfaced this weekend showing a father “disciplining” his daughter who allegedly took off for three days to “mess around” with boys.

The video, which many continue to mislabel as “discipline,” is a 19-second clip of a father holding his daughter by the hair and pummeling her with lashes from a belt, while the person filming (her mother?) calls the girl a “bitch” and yells,…

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We’ll Wait To Have Kids

We’ll Wait To Have Kids

1012358_10104059528878433_1897583916_n-300x198On a typical night I’ll come home from work and the gym with a bag full of fresh groceries to a husband that is winding down from a crazy workday himself, ready for a good meal. The routine is simple, greet him, put away the groceries, shower, cook dinner, and finally it’s Netflix time. It’s a simple routine, but it’s ours. He and I have binge watched The Wire, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Orange…

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Yes, We Do Need More Films About Slavery

Yes, We Do Need More Films About Slavery

12 Years a Slave

I know I’m going to catch hell from a great many of you, but rock with me for a minute.

After Steve McQueen’s film 12 Years A Slavewon the Oscar for Best Picture, many Black folks expressed their displeasure that the Academy gave the top prize to a film about slavery. Leading up to the ceremony, people took to social media and blogs to argue that Oscar voters were only comfortable doling out…

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CervixVaginaVulvaCare: My Obamacare Story

CervixVaginaVulvaCare: My Obamacare Story

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For the last several days, I’ve been engrossed in reading people’s nightmarish Affordable Care Act aka “Obamacare” stories. The media has been putting a spotlight on various “horror stories” – allegedly from Americans adversely affected by Obamacare. But what’s really going on with these stories? They can’t be all fabrications and lies in order to smear Obamacare, right?

Well, last October,MSNBC…

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No Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke Aren’t Making Better R&B than Blacks
Just because something sounds right doesn’t mean that it is. Likewise, repetition doesn’t bolster…View Post

No Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke Aren’t Making Better R&B than Blacks

Just because something sounds right doesn’t mean that it is. Likewise, repetition doesn’t bolster…

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Dear Nicki Minaj: WTF Were You Thinking, Sis?
*deep heavy sigh*
I’m not sure whether to laugh to keep from crying or officially bid adieu to my…View Post

Dear Nicki Minaj: WTF Were You Thinking, Sis?

*deep heavy sigh*

I’m not sure whether to laugh to keep from crying or officially bid adieu to my…

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