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Kreayshawn: Another Case of Appropriating Black Culture

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Elvis Presley was not the originator of rock ‘n’ roll. That would be Chuck Berry. Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” is said to be the first hip-hop song to top the Billboard charts (others argue it was “Rapture” by Blondie). Justin Timberlake went from the...

‘Single Ladies’ Sucks or Are We Insatiable?

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The criticism of VH1’s new romantic comedy series Single Ladies has been loud and clear. Coined the urban Sex and the City meets Girlfriends, Stacey Dash, LisaRaye McCoy and Charity Shea star as three friends navigating the single life in Atlanta. However, the excitement over...

Cooking is a Woman’s Job?

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I grew up in the south. Chicken, pork chops, greens, macaroni and cheese, corn pudding, yams and hot-water cornbread were common dishes served in a southern home for Sunday dinner. And making a delectable homemade chess pie or peach cobbler for dessert would guarantee you...

‘I Was Born a Boy’: What’s Religion Got to Do With It?

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Saturday night I was surfing the net when I finally read last week’s buzz worthy story of Janet Mock, the transsexual Associate Editor of People.com. Marie Claire’s June issue details Mock’s story in the beautifully written piece by Kierna Mayo, “I Was Born a Boy.”...

The Rising Attacks on Black Women Since the Presence of Michelle Obama

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In one of the most important pieces of literature in the 20th century, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston brilliantly captured an unfortunate truth about Black womanhood in the following passage: So de white man throw down de load and tell de nigger...