Janelle's Recent Articles

Solange Doesn’t Have Enough People

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...