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The Real Problem With Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” Cover Art & Her “Black Jezebel” Brand

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Last week, Nicki Minaj released the artwork for her new single “Anaconda,” featuring the rapper in a squat position with her large posterior aimed directly at viewers. The image was met with mostly support from fans and critics but some questioned if the image was “too racy.” In...

The Era of the Bad B*tch: How It Hurts Our Black Women

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Outspoken, arrogant, and unfaltering to criticism, she sits erect on an unconquerable throne surrounded by the riches and spoils of a life of nonchalance. Competition? Please. On what planet? Men and women idolize everything she touches, emulate everything she wears, and envy her life. With...

Debbie Allen on Diversity on TV: It’s An Old Convo That Will End With a Melting Pot Race

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Dancer and director Debbie Allen has been in the acting game long enough to see the changes in how black women are depicted on television. Allen grew up during a time when Diahann Carroll and Diana Ross were on the screen, but images like theirs...

Is Lupita’s ‘Teeny Weeny Afro’ Changing the View of Beauty?

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A group of 20 nine and 10-year-old African-American girls at Chicago’s Dewey Elementary Academy of Fine Arts agreed that a woman with short, kinky hair wasn’t beautiful – until Ladon Brumfield, the director of a project empowering young girls, passed around a photo of Lupita...

Teen Girls Get Exploited Because They’re Teens, Not Because They Secretly Want It

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When R. Kelly’s history as a sexual predator reemerged this month the outrage that followed had a strong whiff of “It’s about time” to it. It was especially “about time” for those who felt Kelly had escaped justice and was now, with yet another sexually-charged...