One of the Saddest Stories Ever: I Am Rachel Jeantel

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The media and intraracial respectability-nazis have crucified Rachel Jeantel for daring to exist outside of the paradigm of “respectable court etiquette.” The 19-year-old witness was the last person to speak to Trayvon Martin before he was shot and killed by volunteer neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman....

Open Thread: Is the Prosecution Losing the George Zimmerman Murder Trial?

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George Zimmerman’s trial for the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Marin is a week old, and many are concerned about the strength of the prosecution’s case. While I have  purposely kept the trail at arm’s length, the pieces of courtroom action I’ve seen look like they...

Janelle Monae, Natural Hair and The Freedom To Wear a Weave If You Want To

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A woman is entitled to change her hair as she sees fit, even if she’s a revered celebrity who built a brand on a singular style. Janelle Monae is no different so it’s hard to understand why her new look in the “Dance Apocalyptic” video should...

Pantless Wonder

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It all happened when I started reading stories about women having cosmetic surgery on their labias. The labia, a part of a woman’s body most of us never think about unless for some reason something is irritating it, is now something more and more women...

The Resurgence of Black Women on Television: Will It Last?

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The brilliance of “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope – portrayed by Kerry Washington – has opened the floodgates for other women of color on television. Washington’s role is historic. She’s the second black woman to star in a network drama, but it’s clear she won’t be the...