Enduring Myths, Quick Hits / October 20, 2020 The Tragic Outcome of the Myth “Black People Can’t Swim”

By Samantha Chaney Many Americans reminisce about the summers of their childhood when they back stroked through the deep end of their backyard pool or horsed around in a neighborhood public pool. However, many Black children never had an opportunity to create those memories. Lack of access to facilities has left many Black people unable...

Economics, Enduring Myths, Fact-Checks / January 9, 2020 Is Financial Literacy the answer to closing America’s Huge Racial Wealth Gap?

By Alexandra Banks News of Jay-Z making a business deal with the NFL and rapper Nas and Will Smith investing in an app to teach teenagers financial literacy has once again sparked an age-old debate on whether black people are smart with their money. You often hear in casual conversation or see on social media...

Quick Hits, Technology / November 11, 2019 ‘Urban Dictionary’ Gives a Whole New Meaning to Some Choice Words

By Danielle Robinson Have you ever read something online that contained a word that you didn’t quite know the meaning of? Or maybe you’ve heard a friend use a term that seemed completely out of context. Well, you’re not alone in your confusion. Urbandictionary.com is a crowdsourced website created to give meaning to slang terminology,...

Quick Hits, Religion / November 11, 2019 Black Millennials May Be Leaving the Church, But Not the Faith

Lukas Hartmann/Pexels By Rebecca Johnson Millennials across all races are attending church less, but black millennials’ church attendance has gone down the least out of all racial groups, according to a Pew Research Center study.  Thirty-eight percent of black millennials attend church on a weekly basis, which is 12 percentage points lower than older black...

A&E, Music, Quick Hits / November 11, 2019 Amid the Music Streaming Rush, a Vinyl Revival

By Spencer Green After nearly vanishing from store shelves and most households, vinyl records are making a strong comeback.   More than 16 million vinyl albums were sold in the U.S. in 2018, producing vinyl’s highest total revenue in 30 years, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Of course, the $419 million...

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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…

#nomakeup with a little help?
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#nomakeup with a little help?

Alicia Keys launched a movement after she published a letter on Lena Dunham’s blog, Lenny, in May, stating that she has had enough of wearing makeup everyday. Her reason is simple: “I don’t want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my…

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George Clinton on the Mothership, the Smithsonian — and Funk

The Mothership is the space vehicle of George Clinton aka Mr. Funkenstein and his wingmen of Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication. As part of the Parliament-Funkadelic theory, it existed as a fictional vehicle of funk arrival to engage fans who were down with the P-Funk movement. After the success of his hit “Chocolate City,” Clinton says, the Mothership was later developed into a physical…

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