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...

Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter
Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks

Enduring Myths: The Willie Lynch Letter

Welcome to our first installment of the “Enduring Myths” series. The series will examine myths by and about African Americans that have persisted for years. In this first installment, we examine the so-called “Willie Lynch Letter.” The letter is allegedly from a speech that was given by Willie Lynch, a British slave owner, in 1712…

88th Academy Awards Predictions
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88th Academy Awards Predictions

Best Picture: “The Big Short” alt. “The Revenant”   Best Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”) alt. George Miller (“Mad Max: Fury Road”)   Best Actor: Leonardo Dicaprio (“The Revenant”) alt. Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)   Best Actress: Brie Larson (“Room”) alt. Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)   Best Supporting Actor: Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)   Best…

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male
A&E, For the Record, News

#OscarsSoWhite, Because #HollywoodSoWhite — and Male

By Miesha Miller April Reign, who spearheaded the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, will be live-tweeting “The Wood” with some of her 22,000 Twitter followers during the telecast of the 88th Academy Awards tonight. As part of a nationwide series of protests and “tune-outs,” the Rev. Al Sharpton plans to lead a rally outside the Dolby Theatre in…

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars
A&E, Big Brotha, Opinion

The Complicated Love Affair With The Oscars

 won’t be watching the Oscars on Sunday. For the second year in a row, every acting nominee is white. It is the first time that there have been two straight years of all-white nominees since 1995 to 1996, just three years after I was born. Jesse Jackson called for a boycott of the 1996 ceremony….

Mental Illness is for White People?
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Mental Illness is for White People?

Imagine a 4-year-old girl playing on a Harlem playground. She’s laughing and having a great time in the beauty of a warm summer afternoon. Then, all of a sudden, she is hit by a stray bullet. The innocent little girl collapses to the ground and cries. She’s rushed to the emergency room where the bullet…

Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?
Fact-Checks, News

Does Filming the Police Drive a Wedge Between Cops and Blacks?

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigations, gave a speech before the International Association of Chiefs of Police in late October, telling the group that those filming the police were “driving a wedge between African-American communities and law enforcement.” It’s an interesting statement since Comey is part of the Obama administration, which has called…

Songs for Peace
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Songs for Peace

It was a Saturday morning in Paris. Memorials were hung and candles lit at the Bataclan Concert Hall, which saw the greatest carnage from a terrorist attack the night before that left 129 dead. As hundreds of mourners gathered, an unknown musician set up a piano, a peace sign painted on its lid, sat down…

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