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Dear Lupita Nyong’o, Why Must You Slay Us So Effortlessly?

The below article was originally written by Luuvie Ajayi. She is a member of BYP 100, blogger, humor writer and digital strategist working in Chicago. For more information on Luuvie and her work go to http://www.awesomelyluvvie.com.  My newest celebrity crush is Lupita Nyong’o and if you have to ask me why, then we have nothing to talk about. […]

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What’s History Got to Do With Us Black Millennials?

My generation is often accused of not knowing our history. This sets up a number of problems. 1) It presupposes history as a good launching point for present action. 2) It implies that there is a clear and neat history that we should be learning. And 3) it sends the blame in the wrong direction. […]

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Who You Calling a Thug?

I preface this post with the fact that I am in no way an aficionado of sports, but I am a major humanist and a student of understanding the human condition. I live in a football household that is taken hostage until the Super Bowl. Televised events that are shocking, uncomfortable or intriguing promote conversation […]

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Richard Sherman went off, why you mad?

“A tale of two Stanford players: Richard Sherman: From Compton California. 4.0 GPA at Sanford and going back to get his masters. One of the best trash talkers who gets labeled a “thug” after eleloquently expressing his feelings on Michael Crabtree. Didn’t curse or even say anything derogatory. Jonathan Martin: Attended nationally ranked Harvard-Westlake School in […]

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Not One…Not Two…: LeBron James’ Message to Single Mothers

Last week, Beyonce garnered many of the headlines about this year’s The Shriver Report, an annual study about the state of women and girls in society today. Queen Bey’s brief essay both further solidified her position as a feminist and gave bloggers and pundits yet another opportunity to consider the merits of her feminism. Yet, there […]

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It’s not Black and White. It’s Love.

Let’s stop pretending for one second. Let’s stop saying the world is full of rainbows and sunshine and everything sweet. The world is cold. Sometimes the taste is too bitter. And sometimes rainbows are just colors stuck together that never mix. And when they do, they create a stir. No pun intended. Kanye West once again […]

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5 Things We Can Learn From the African Refugee Protests in Israel

African immigrants meeting outside of Levinsky Park in South Tel Aviv (photo by me) Below is an interview I did with SocialTV about the African refugees in Israel During our trip last week to Palestine and Israel, our delegation of artists and activists, including Dream Hampton, Ferrari Sheppard, Remi Kanazi,  Professor Robyn Spencer, and Bill Fletcher Jr. were […]

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Leaving out gender-based violence harms all Black people

By Charlene Carruthers Yesterday’s Huffington Post Live segment “Do ‘Hood Sites’ Normalize Black Stereotypes” exposes a long held and counterproductive belief that gender should not and can not be centered in work to address violence in the Black Americans. The panelists include Amanda Seale, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Dr. Shayne Lee, Dr. Brittney Cooper and Mandon […]

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The death of Hadiya Pendleton, one year later

January 29th, 2013, was a huge day for me. The first shipment of my debut book arrived and I was just two days away from a big signing and appearance in Chicago. Elated over the fact that I was able to complete something that I initially thought wasn’t possible, nothing could kill my vibe. As […]

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Why isn’t her hair laid?

Celebrities must accept that they live their lives in the public eye. It is the horse and buggy of the entertainment industry. However, when does this exposure cross the line and focuses on the children of celebrities? Many celebrities call for legislation that makes it illegal to harass and photograph their minor children without their […]

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