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Sorry Bill Clinton: The effects of your drug, prison policies need more than a ‘my bad’

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They always say better late than never. But in the case of Bill Clinton’s apology for the war on drugs and mass incarceration, is it too much, too late? President Bill Clinton admitted what few politicians ever do. He said he was wrong. He conceded that...

‘Hotep Twitter’ Rehashes the Willie Lynch Mentality

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By now most of us have heard of Black Twitter; that invisible yet undeniable force that processes all that is cool (and uncool) through a filter of merciless wit. But in recent months I’ve noticed a new term popping up on my timelines; a subset...

The Image That Destroys the Black ‘Welfare Queen’ Myth

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From The Grio/David A. Love — They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it might be worth a thousand food stamps. In the town of Brushton, New York, 30 people were arrested for food stamp fraud. Can you guess how...

How the Internet Has Helped African Americans Break Into the Hair Business

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It was a quick run with his little sister to the Korean-owned beauty supply store for a couple of packs of Brazilian hair which initially sparked Damien Stephens interest in the hair extension business. With no real clue on how to start, he went on...

‘Gone With the Wind’ prequel starring Mammy may be a mistake

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Are we ready for Mammy’s story?” is a loaded question, with no easy answer. But it’s a question that Simon & Schuster has prompted with the announcement that it will publish a Gone With the Wind prequel, Ruth’s Journey, through its Atria imprint, focusing on Mammy, the role in the...

Ms. Muffin: The creator of several viral ‘prank’ videos speaks out

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You might have seen a video in your Facebook newsfeed earlier this month that was filmed via camera phone. An obviously pregnant young woman is arguing loudly with her boyfriend/father of her unborn child. The fight gets physical and passengers intervene twice. One woman even takes...