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The Danger In Nicki Minaj and Big Booty Culture

Everyone is talking about Nicki Minaj’s butt. Ever since the female rapper released the cover art for her new single “Anaconda” (pictured above) – which shows her squating, backed turned to the camera in a g-string, with her ass in full view – many took Minaj to task for exploiting her body for music sales and shock value. While it’s no different than all the other times the female rapper got attention for her assets, this go around seems to be a public outcry against what some consider to be a gimmick executed one too many times by the rapper and,… Continue Reading

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The ‘N-Word’ and ‘Queer’ Debate: To Use Or Not To Use

Recently, I wrote a commentary on CentricTV.com about news anchor Robin Roberts’ coming out and posed the question (also the headline) “Will Robin Roberts’ Coming Out Shatter Stereotypes of Black Queer Women?” To my surprise, my editor brought to my attention some backlash from Centric’s Facebook page, where my article had been shared. Many of the Facebook users took issue with the use of the word “queer.” Some argued that referring to Roberts as queer was disrespectful and demeaning. “I hope in 2014 we stop using the word “queer”? Shame on you Centric tv!!,” one user wrote. My editor and I… Continue Reading

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We All Have ’30 Days to Change’

Kareem Taylor, who’s a voice actor (CNN) and radio host, recently ignited an online campaign entitled 30 Days To Change, in which he shared daily tips and advice on social media with the intent of motivating mostly millennials to stop procrastinating and get out there and work to make a difference in 2014. In addition, Taylor encouraged others to share their progress with their personal journey to make that difference in 30 days. When I first came across 30 Days To Change I was immediately curious to know just what tips Taylor would provide and how, if at all, it… Continue Reading

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Lady GaGa Delivers Speech, National Anthem at NYC Gay Pride

Lady GaGa made her grand return to the public eye this weekend to celebrate Gay Pride in New York City. The pop icon, who has been out of action due to hip surgery, appeared as a kick-off rally for the annual celebration. In a more subdued look, GaGa addressed the crowd of LGBT members just after the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as between a man and a woman, as unconstitutional, granting same-sex marriages the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. “My LGBT friends and fans always said to me ‘I knew… Continue Reading

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OWN Network Tackles Skin Color With New Documentary ‘Dark Girls’

The OWN Network is breaking new ground with a rousing documentary, “Dark Girls,” which addresses the issue of skin color within the Black community. In the documentary, African-American women and young girls speak on the troubles they’ve encountered with their skin and the damaging complexities that come along with it. In a preview of the documentary, a young girl is shown pointing at an illustration of a light-skinned baby to indicate its beauty in comparison to a darker-skinned one – which is very similar to The Clark Doll Experiment, which helped win the Brown vs. Board of Education case that… Continue Reading

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Colorblind: Sorry Eve, Race Still Matters

In a recent interview with my former colleagues over at VIBE Vixen, Philly rapper Eve dished on her biracial relationship with British boyfriend Maximillion Cooper and how she planned on raising her future children in regards to race. “I don’t want them to see color. I never did. I grew up in the hood and my mother was very good at it not being a black thing, even though I grew up around all black people,” the Grammy-award winning artist said. “I want them to want to know everything about all kinds of races. I’m a black woman and I love being a… Continue Reading