Janelle's Recent Articles

Solange Doesn’t Have Enough People

Each one of us has a unique gift, a talent that makes us stand out and, if we’re fortunate, allows us the opportunity to be an asset to other people. What we have discovered from Elevatorgate 2014 starring Jay-Z, Beyonce and sister Solange is that...

Celebrating the One and Only Ms. Zora

She painted pictures with words and created masterpieces with the colorful inventions of her mind. Zora Neale Hurston took the same mechanics of modern-day language afforded every other English speaker and somehow made hers dance and play and sparkle across a page. Under her tutelage,...

One Love, Two Religions

For as many years as there are scriptures, Black women have lined the altars of churches to send up one specific prayer: ‘Lord, please send me a husband.’ Because most sisters are born-and-bred Christians, our search for love has been restricted to the handful of...

Un-mastering the Art of Self-Sabotage

It was 1:30 in the afternoon but in my little corner of the world, it might as well have been 1:30 in the wee hours of the morning. I was wading through pages of content and research I’d compiled for a paper I was writing...

On Behalf of Little Boys Growing Up Too Fast

There’s no valid reason why a 10-year-old boy should have his hands, or any other part of his tiny little person, on the rear end of a grown woman. There’s no valid reason why a grown woman should allow a 10-year-old boy to inappropriately put...

The Whens and Wheres of Code Switching and “Talking Black”

I don’t have anything personal against The Pine-Sol Lady. She’s probably a very nice person who has made valuable contributions to society, her community, maybe even her industry during her career as an actress and product spokesperson. But every time I see one of those...
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