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OUR BLACK WOMEN IDOLS ARE HUMAN TOO

We love Sanaa Lathan. And we most certainly LOVE Serena Williams. Aside from being drop-dead gorgeous with killer bodies, the two women represent Black female excellence to the highest degree in entertainment and sports. Serena has more championship trophies than Beyoncé has Grammys. And Sanaa’s acting credits include some of the culture’s biggest blockbusters, not to mention she’s the star and executive producer of America’s No. 1 film The Perfect Guy. Though they are every woman’s idol by all accounts, both ladies got a little heat this week for decisions they’ve made that some felt were not becoming of the… Continue Reading

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WHY NICKI MINAJ’S PROVOCATIVE WAX FIGURE IS PROBLEMATIC [COMMENTARY]

Nicki Minaj achieved yet another great feat in her career with her very first wax figure at the Madame Tussauds museum in Las Vegas. This makes the Queens MC the first female rapper to do so. Minaj, 32, celebrated the achievement on her Instagram, calling the wax figure “iconic.” The life-like figurine depicts Minaj on all fours with her now famous booty tooted in the upright position. The depiction replicates the rapper’s controversial “Anaconda” video, in which she and a team of dancers shake their butts in female solidarity. In just 11 days it got over 100 million views. But while… Continue Reading

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SHAME ON BLACK PEOPLE WHO EMBRACE ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’

The recently coined “All Lives Matters” slogan may sound harmless from a distance. Who wouldn’t agree that life breathed into any human being is valuable? But when used amid the racially volatile climate America is in it right now, it would behoove any logical, well-meaning person to understand that All Lives Matter is nothing but a slap in the face to the “Black Lives Matter” movement and all that it stands for. It’s particularly disturbing when the argument for All Lives Matter is co-signed by Black people themselves. Exhibits A and B: Raven-Symoné and Terry McMillan, author of “Waiting To Exhale.” The two… Continue Reading

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WOULD WE BELIEVE BILL COSBY RAPE ALLEGATIONS IF ACCUSERS WERE BLACK?

While sitting in the chair at the barbershop in Harlem, undoubtedly the much-discussed Bill Cosby rape allegations came up in conversation among barbers and patrons. Unsurprisingly, the scandal sparked a debate surrounding the credibility of the accusers (so far three of 15 women have come forward publicly) and the overall opinions of whether they believed Cosby–Black America’s quintessential father figure–was capable of sexual assault. The inability of the room–which included majority men and a handful of women–to entertain the idea that the women, all white, who have publicly accused the famed comedian could actually be telling the truth, points to… Continue Reading

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WHY DO BLACK WOMEN HATE ALICIA KEYS?

When it comes to Black women in the entertainment industry, Alicia Keys appears to be the consummate role model. In addition to being one of the most successful and inspirational R&B singers in modern history–selling over 65 million albums and singles worldwide and earning 15 Grammy awards–Keys has become one of the world’s greatest philanthropists. In nearly 15 years, she has dedicated her money and time to global initiatives geared toward AIDS awareness, reducing global poverty, and relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, among others. Her most recent song “We Are Here” even attempts to… Continue Reading