08May/12

Justus, Joshua and James: 3 Black Chess Players Achieve Master Ranking at Age 12

There are some 77,000 members of the United States Chess Federation and fewer than 2 percent of them are excellent enough players to be called “masters.” Of those masters, just 13 of

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29Feb/12

Know Good White People: Wrestling the term ‘White Pride’ Out of the Hands of the Klan

Jean Rankin was a wife and mother of thirteen children living in a modest home overlooking the Ohio river in what was the “free state” of Ohio. Through her window she could

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15Jan/12

Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls: Celebrating the 1st Graduating Class

From the moment Oprah Winfrey announced her intention to build a leadership academy for impoverished girls on the African continent, critics were vehement and vocal about why it was the wrong thing

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17Sep/11

“Curvy” Ballerina Speaks on Being American Ballet Theatre’s First Black Soloist

The image most of us have of mainstream classical ballet is one of stick-thin white women  who got their start in the world of dance back when they were toddlers sporting baby

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22Jul/11

Abandoned at Birth Now an AIDS Activist: Hydeia Broadbent’s Life a Testament to Early Diagnosis and Treatment

Born HIV-infected to a crack-addicted mother and diagnosed with full blown AIDS at age 3, Hydeia Broadbent was not expected to live past the age of 5. More than 20 years after

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06Jun/11

Tupac’s Godfather Geronimo Ji-Jaga: The Definition of Tragedy Turned Triumph

Geronimo Ji-Jaga died Thursday, June 2nd in Tanzania, Africa. [embedplusvideo height=”387″ width=”480″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/iqgdF2foAA0?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=iqgdF2foAA0&width=480&height=387&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep1895″ /] Music in the video: “The Fire” by The Roots f. John Legend I’m the definition of

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15Dec/10

The Sexiest Teacher Alive: Don’t Let the Clark Kent Steez Fool You

I mean no disrespect to Geoffrey Canada’s wife, but her husband is my idea of what a real man looks like. Okay, okay, before I get myself in too much trouble, let

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12Dec/10

Give Oprah a Friggin’ Break

Let’s suppose for a moment that we all agree on the following premise: The purpose of life is to Love and be of service to others Develop one’s own emotional, intellectual, creative

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22Feb/05

Exclusive Interview with Tyler Perry: Finally Reaping Write-ousness (ARCHIVE)

If success really is the sweetest revenge, anyone who ever did anything wrong to Tyler Perry better recognize that the score has officially been settled—and he has upwards of $65 million in

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