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“Aunt Jemima’s” Heirs Sue Quaker Oats for Billions

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While strolling through New Orleans’ French Quarter during Mardi Gras, it was apparent that the Southern state with delicious eats and hospitable natives still has a penchant for antebellum relics. Miniature statues of mammies, sambos and other caricatures of Black women and men lined the...

Another Black Child Lost: Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Fatally Shoots Mike Brown

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It’s time to mourn another dead Black child. Michael Brown, 18, was fatally shot by a Ferguson, Mo. police officer on August 9. Authorities tell the Associated Press that Brown was unarmed. Brown was shot on the 2900 block of Canfield Drive, according to the...

Why Every Black Feminist Should Love Ab-Soul

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Black feminism and hip-hop have a complex relationship. Always have. Intellectual, political and cultural debates about hip-hop’s systemic sexism often leave both communities unfulfilled and dissatisfied. Rappers often use empty rhetoric about hoes, ladies and queens to defend their ill and misguided remarks about and...

The Importance of Doc McStuffins

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Doc McStuffins is the default cartoon whenever I’m babysitting my two nieces, ages two and three. They’re enthralled with the six-year-old aspiring doctor who attempts to heal her toys with assistance from her snowman and dragon friends. I’m comfortable with their admiration for other cartoon...

Black Romantic Comedies Ain’t Dead

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Disaster is imminent when publications include caveats before offering their content, especially if those caveats are an attempt to rationalize the exclusion of people of color. Such is the case with New York Magazine’s list of the top 25 romantic comedies released in the 25...

The Power of Turbans During the Jim Crow Era

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The Jim Crow South was brutal, and Black Americans were the predominant target of racial harm. While racism wasn’t relegated to the South during the 20th century, Black Americans residing in Southern states were particularly vulnerable and had to adopt unconventional methods in order to...