Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks, Health / May 11, 2018 A Hard Head Makes for a Soft Bottom. Is spanking kids truly an effective parenting method?

By Judayah Murray For many years, there has been a fierce debate over whether or not whipping a child for discipline should actually be considered child abuse. Many people spank their children as a way to teach them right from wrong. And they believe it works, too. Twenty-year-old Terrence Lanham admits that he was in...

Black History Month, For the Record, Women's History Month / March 2, 2018 She Disguised Herself as a Man to Join the U.S. Army

By Alexa Imani Spencer Cathay Williams is history’s only known female Buffalo Soldier, according to the National Park Service. In 1866, she enlisted in the United States Army under the pseudonym “William Cathay,” becoming the first known black woman to enlist in the Army and the only documented African-American woman to serve as a soldier...

Black History Month, Health and Beauty, Quick Hits, Women's History Month / March 2, 2018 Snatching Faces and Equality for All Races

BLACK HISTORY: Activists of the Past and Present By Judayah Murray Jackie Aina, a popular beauty YouTuber, is stepping up in the world and emerging as an important voice in the black community. Using her platforms of over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, 829,000 followers on Instagram and 280,000 followers on Twitter, Aina regularly distributes...

What Were Those Green Berets Doing in Niger?
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What Were Those Green Berets Doing in Niger?

  By Kiana Kisino After four American troops were killed in Niger this month, President Donald Trump faced backlash for telling the widow of one of the soldiers that her husband “knew what he signed up for.” Since then, questions have been raised about the U.S. presence in Niger. • Why are U.S. troops even…

What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal
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What You Should Know About the Iran Nuclear Deal

By Niaja Smith WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is threatening to pull the United States out of the historic deal that it and more than two dozen other countries negotiated under former President Barack Obama to halt Iran’s efforts to build nuclear weapons. Speaking to the United Nations this week, Trump called the agreement “an…

Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success
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Does being a background singer lead to spotlight of success

By Sydney Davenport Some people crave the spotlight. They want to see their name in lights and are willing to do what it takes to make it to the big time. Not vocalist Jazmine Thomas of Savannah, Georgia. She’s hoping to find success is not behind the scenes, but in the background. Thomas, a music…

Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER
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Howard U. Hospital: My Trip to the ER

By Shirley Carswell The Sunday Washington Post article on Howard University Hospital, which described a once-grand institution fallen on hard times, struck close to home for me. That’s because I had an unexpected visit to Howard’s emergency room two days earlier. My medical emergency wasn’t life threatening, but the pain I was experiencing after busting…

Love Story for the History Books
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Love Story for the History Books

Mildred Loving, born in 1939, was a civil rights activist who successfully defeated Virginia’s ban on interracial marriage on June 12, 1967. Mildred Jeter was born and raised in Central Point, Virginia, about 90 miles south of Washington, D.C. She attended an all-black high school, and met her future husband, Richard Loving, in Central Point….

Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….
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Flo-Jo … Faster Than A Speeding Bullet….

Florence Griffith Joyner is considered the best female track star ever to have competed at the Olympic level. Joyner still holds the fastest record for the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and collected three gold medals during the 1988 Summer Olympic Games in Seoul. Joyner’s record times have been difficult for other athletes to even come…

How ‘Fences’ Was Built
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How ‘Fences’ Was Built

Denzel Washington’s film adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences,” which premiers on Christmas Day, is being praised as an original remake of the Broadway play. However, this story has been an essential work in American theater for more than 30 years, and it didn’t originate with Washington. Oscar-winning actor James Earl Jones originally portrayed Troy Maxson,…

Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?
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Does Moving to Canada Trump Staying in U.S.?

“I’m moving to Canada!” Many people who are concerned about living under Donald Trump as U.S. president have been repeating this sentence in recent weeks and months. On Election Day, the website of the Canadian immigration office broke down completely. Too many people tried to get information about the immigration process in Canada on Tuesday,…

Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?
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Black Men: Are They in College or in Prison?

Many people consider it common knowledge that more black men are in prison than in college. “A third more African-American men are incarcerated than in higher education,” according to Jason Ziedenberg and Vincent Schiraldi, who wrote the 2002 report from the Justice Policy Institute, “Cellblocks or Classrooms: The Funding of Higher Education and Corrections and…

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