Joi Marie's Recent Articles

Captain Obvious: Why Blacks Are On Twitter

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Tell us something new! News outlets such as Gawker, NBC Chicago and Style.com are all reporting that African Americans are more likely to use use Twitter…but that was so two years ago. Pew Internet and American Life Project released a study in 2009 that found...

I’m Not Hating — Why Criticism Makes Us Better

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I blame Puff Daddy. No, not P. Diddy or even Diddy but Puffy, the shiny suit wearing, Diddy-bop dancing, wannabe Bad Boy rapper. The year was 1997 and Puff Daddy’s debut album No Way Out had just released it’s first single “Can’t Nobody Hold Me...

The Sorority Set Up

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Many college women dream of putting those Greek letters on their chest. Whether they’re pink, red, blue with white or a touch of gold, becoming a member of a sorority can be a life-long dream for some and a decision made in school for others....

Come As You Are: Why I Fell In Love with Church Online

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I’m a ‘PK’ also known as a ‘preacher’s kid.’ My life could probably be measured by the moments I created inside Oak Street A.M.E. Church and Payne Memorial A.M.E. Church, the two houses of worship where my mother served as pastor. At three-years-old, I remember...

Weighing the Options: Is Changing Your Name After Marriage Still Necessary?

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Six years ago, Melissa Smith, then 25, had just happily accepted a marriage proposal from her boyfriend. They had only been together for eight months but she figured it was true what they said, “When you know, you know.” So, her and her new fiancé...

Taking It Off: Should My Resume Say “I’m Black?”

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With only 97 days, fourteen weeks and three months left until I graduate from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, I have been pruning my resume for weeks. After leaving the workforce for ten months, riding out the recession, my resume is the ticket into...