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The NCAA, HBCUs and the Lies We Tell to Get Along

No relationship can work when two partners regularly lie to each other about their ability to meet the needs of the relationship. That's the cycle that the NCAA and historically black Division I member schools have been on for several...Show More Summary

Nothing Compares 2 U: Reflecting on Prince One Week Later

I didn't grow up in a Prince household. His risqué lyrics and movements coupled with my young age and strict West Indian parents, meant that Prince was off-limits. Michael Jackson, the child prodigy from Motown who had grown up before...Show More Summary

Charged Up: How Big Brands Are Fueling Women's Empowerment

There's a lot of girl power happening right now. From pop icons and television writers, to entrepreneurs and tech executives, women are taking an even more noticeable stand for gender equality. As a self-proclaimed feminist, I've noticed a particularly large increase in content aimed at empowering women. Show More Summary

Why I Dress the Way I Do: The Real Corporate America

It's 5:30 am and the workday begins. After I take time to pray and meditate the next thing I focus on...what to wear? Sometimes before I even get out the bed I am already mentally scanning what I have in my closet and dresser drawerShow More Summary

Black Rage, Black Silence and Sexual Violence

There's a powerful sequence in black feminist lesbian filmmaker Aishah Shahidah Simmons' 2006 documentary No! on sexual assault in the African American community, that intercuts between Black Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan and another male minister in the pulpit rallying a charged black audience against rape victim Desiree Washington. Show More Summary

How Planting Trees Helped This Ex-Offender Turn His Life Around

Life is looking up for Michael Samuels: Since his 2010 release from prison, he has completed parole, moved from Washington D.C. to North Carolina to be closer to his daughter, gotten married and found a temp job at a food manufacturer...Show More Summary

We Need To Teach Kids Empathy, Says National Teacher Of The Year

When Jahana Hayes got the phone call that she had been selected as the 2016 National Teacher of the Year, she was silent for a few moments. Then she asked: "Why?" For Hayes, going above and beyond is just part of the job. "I didn’t pray for this. Show More Summary

No, Kanye West Didn't Make Aziz Ansari's 'Famous' Video Official

We wish we could say that Kanye West realized his Kanye best attempt at creating a music video for "Famous" wouldn't be as good as the Kanye fresh parody by Aziz Ansari, so he gave himself a Kanye rest and made the joke video official. Alas,...Show More Summary

Judd Apatow Makes Bizarre Prince Penis Joke At Garry Shandling Tribute

Comedy filmmaker Judd Apatow made a heartfelt comparison between Prince and Garry Shandling at Shandling's memorial Sunday. Then came the purple zinger. In addressing a star-packed tribute to Shandling -- the comedian and "Larry Sanders...Show More Summary

The Colonizer's Little Black Book: Elle Magazine Says: "We Are Proud To Have Beyonce On Our Cover Because - She Represents The New Light Skinned Face Of Radical Progressive Fundamentalist Black Power" AND She Won't Cause Our Monthly Circulation To Go Down


Ayesha Curry Doesn't Want Her Image Used To Shame Other Black Women

Ayesha Curry is not here to be the face of respectability politics against black women. The author, host of the new Food Network show "At Home With Ayesha," and wife of basketball player Steph Curry has been featured in a popular Internet...Show More Summary

Sandra Bland's Mother Gives Emotional Speech Urging Activists To 'Step Up'

Sandra Bland's mother gave an emotional speech on Thursday and told activists to "wake up, get up, step up, or shut up." Bland was arrested after a traffic stop in Texas last year and found dead in her jail cell three days later. Officials...Show More Summary

Clinton Cashed In Trump’s ‘Woman Card’ For Campaign Gold

The women of the Internet have been on fire with comebacks following Donald Trump's comment on Tuesday that Hillary Clinton is using her "woman card" to win the presidential race. But no response has been quite as good as the Democratic...Show More Summary

Winning the Wars to Save HBCUs Starts With Honest Look at Leadership

Last month, a Louisiana State University endowed professor wrote a heartbreaking Times-Picayune editorial on the physical degradation of Southern University's Baton Rouge campus. In a winding, descriptive narrative about leaking roofs,...Show More Summary

Making Babies, Breaking Taboos Is Goal of Black Fertility Clinic

Infertility is a disease. And National Infertility Week is dedicated to raising awareness of reproductive health. This year the week kicked off April 24.

Usher Concludes Steamy Snapchat Story With Nude Selfie

The student has become the teacher. Justin Bieber is Usher's protégé, so it only makes sense that the R&B singer would try that thing the kids are calling Snapchat and post a nude photo of his own. During an unnecessarily long Snap story, Usher took his followers on a tour of his home. Show More Summary

National Teen Birth Rate Plummets To All-Time Low

The national teen birth rate has fallen to a record low, according to a new analysis released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From 2006 to 2014, the teen birth rate declined 41 percent. In 2014, there were...Show More Summary

Change for a Twenty: Honoring the Legacy of Harriet Tubman

"I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger." -Harriet Tubman Every summer, several people gather inShow More Summary

Man Indicted In Fatal Shooting Of Retired Saints Player Will Smith

The man accused of killing retired New Orleans Saints player Will Smith was indicted by a grand jury Thursday on a charge of second-degree murder. Cardell Hayes allegedly shot Smith eight times on April 9 following an apparent road rage incident, according to ABC News. Show More Summary

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