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Featured Post: ‘My Daughter’s Hair Is Not A Problem to Solve’

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This post originally appeared in EBONY. It was written by Asha French, a writer and mother living in Atlanta. By: Asha French These days, all the kinks are curly, all the chicks are mixed, but some of us just have hair. So I’m not going to harp on the fact that strangers often look at my daughter […]

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The Suicide of Brown Girls/A Poem for Karyn Washington

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The death of ForBrownGirls.com founder, Karyn Washington, has been on my spirit since I found out about her suicide.  Mental dis-ease is a taboo subject in many communities.  However, given the historical and present day oppression and trauma experienced in the African American community, we must begin to take steps to deconstruct the stereotypes of […]

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MY RACE DOES MATTER – People of color continue to be unseen in Biblical Stories

Matters of race will forever be an interesting topic to me. I will love and be frustrated by racial matters as it educates me and helps further shape my perception of others and the representations of myself. I was reluctant to see the movie “Noah” a biblical remake of the popular story about the famous […]

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Here’s my issue with the ‘Butt Selfie Queen’

If you haven’t heard, there’s this physically fit Jewish woman who takes lots of pictures of her butt. Jen Selter, 20, who is a fitness coach-turned Vanity Fair model, became famous for her “butt selfies,” and has now been hailed the “The Butt Selfie Queen.” Yes it’s a real thing. Like many people these days, […]

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Late Night? More Like Late White

White supremacy has no chill. Last week, CBS announced that it had tapped Stephen Colbert to replace David Letterman, who will be retiring from his post at The Late Show in 2015. In what looks to be a delivery of the proverbial bozack to Suey Park and her defenders, Colbert has become the latest inductee into […]

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Are Skirts Really the Enemy?

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“Skirts on Rappers?” “Is this the beginning of the end?” “ Get outta here with that mess!” are the typical responses to the many articles and individual posts on my friends social media networks about the demasculization of rappers concerning their wardrobe choices.

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Black Folks Must Talk About Healing

It was the last bright day of sunshine I can remember before the winter hit. I was at my friend’s home, celebrating her son’s 5th birthday. The party brought all the feelings that children bring, the sweetness of cake, pregnant laughter, and of course adults encircling care around the dining table. While my friend’s son […]

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New Slaves: The Battle against Colorism and Self-Hatred

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I’m sure you have probably heard the to-do surrounding two rising starlets, Lupita Nyong’o and Dencia. Both African women, it seems at first glance that their beef is escalating rapidly. After more thorough investigation, it just seems that maybe someone has been drinking that good ole Haterade. And man, it has to be sour.

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Los Angeles Students Protest with Empty Desks in Street

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Students in LA lead a protest in which they placed 375 desk  outside of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s headquarters.  According to the article printed in the LA Times, the desk represented the number of students who dropped out of school every week during the 2011-2012 school year. Drivers who were stuck in traffic […]

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Why the young opinion matters more than anyone else’s

As we ease out of the era where the opinions, thoughts and sentiments of young people are swept under the rug, an emergence of power is brought to the surface. It wasn’t even ten years ago that legislators, community members, parents, etc. were the only ones whose voices were amplified regarding issues that affected youth […]

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