European_Douchebag and the Bearded Sikh Girl: When Cyberbullying Goes Terribly Right

I’m not sure how much attention you’re willing to pay to the ramblings of a Reddit poster named “european_douchebag,” but the guy has sparked a conversation that has led many, myself included,

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13Aug/12

Teen Poet Nails the Gabby Douglas Hair Issue: ‘When I Look at Her, I See Me…’

If you caught my post about Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas last week, you may have noticed that I chose to focus only on her stunning, beautiful success, and ignored that “controversy”

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02Aug/12

Regarding Olympic Gymnast Gabby Douglas…

Two words… Stunning. Perfection. Thank you. That is all. !

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16Jun/12

Happy Birthday to Me, Tupac and a White Dude Who Dyed for Freedom (not a typo)

Today is my birthday. And Tupac’s Too. Another June 16th human being I really love is John Howard Griffin. I hope you already know all about this man, but if not, he

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26May/12

How Do I Love Thee, @ScandalABC? Let Me Count the Ways

Scandal. Scandal. Scandal. ♥ I love how writer/producer Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) created a television drama in which the lead character could have been portrayed by a bold, brilliant, beautiful

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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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Joshua Bennett’s ’10 Things I Want to Say to a Black Woman’ — To Click or Not to Click?

Spoken word artist Joshua Bennett has ten things he wants to say to a black woman, and I’m not sure I want to hear it. I’ve happened upon Bennett’s YouTube video and

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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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14Aug/11

Malik Yoba’s New SyFy Show Alphas is "The Wire Meets X-Files"

UPDATE: Alphas is five episodes in, and the show is awesome. And, for those who say black folks aren’t into SciFi, check out this vote of confidence I found over at allhiphop.com

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16Jun/11

‘Black Like Me’ White Author Darkened His Skin to Write About "Being Black"

Today is my birthday. And Tupac’s Too. Another June 16th human being I really love is John Howard Griffin. I hope you already know all about this man, but if not, he

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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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02Jun/11

Scott Heron’s Music ‘Reflected Black Anger’ (WTH ?!) I Can’t…

On Friday, May 27th, 2011, Gil Scott-Heron died, and it was up to the rest of us left here on Earth to decide whether that mattered much. Within hours, the Internet began buzzing about

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27May/11

Gil Scott Heron – The "Godfather of Rap" Has Gone Home

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01May/11

Tyler Perry is Free

I have a vivid memory of a city bus ride I took with my father when I was eight years old. We were on our way to the science museum and there

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24Apr/11

What We Owe Eve

I am a genealogy enthusiast who has spent countless hours tracing my roots back through the generations, often discovering historical gems that connect me to people I had never heard of whose survival and

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20Apr/11

Father & Friend: ‘Every Time I Look at You, I See Myself’

[embedplusvideo height=”269″ width=”430″ standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/RbqF6Xv1mNU?fs=1″ vars=”ytid=RbqF6Xv1mNU&width=430&height=269&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep8485″ /] A public declaration of love, respect, pride and appreciation between a son and his father. Kinda makes you wish something as inspiring as this wasn’t

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19Apr/11

LouAnne Johnson Responds to ‘Dangerous Minds’ Questions

After writing the post Waiting For…A White Lady?, I did some further research and found that LouAnne Johnson has a website where she posts articles and answers questions about her current work as

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09Jan/11

I Socked My 3-Year Old Daughter in the Eye: Janet Jackson Made Me Do It

My three-year-old is a handful. She has more energy than any toddler I’ve ever seen. Sometimes she just runs around in circles in the living room trying to use up what seems

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