A School is Always Teaching: What Deborah Brown Community School Taught One Little Black Girl

If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the news story about 7-year-old Tiana Parker. She’s a former student at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Deborah Brown Community School, whose father ultimately pulled her out after being repeatedly told by the school to change his daughter’s hairstyle. Tiana’s dreadlocked hair was in violation of the school’s dress code…

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“I Hate Myself!”: What are Respectability Politics, and Why do Black People Subscribe to Them?

You may not be familiar with the term “respectability politics”, but you’ve heard them before.  Maybe you’ve even engaged in them.  Whether it’s Don Lemon’s recent rant, actor Romany Malco’s open letter to Trayvon Martin sympathizers following the George Zimmerman trial, Bill Cosby’s 2004 “Pound Cake speech” and even The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood’s remarks…

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Gov. Bobby Jindal Wants to End Race? No Thanks.

I used to believe people were confused about the meaning of words involving social justice.  I figured when someone referred to any discussions about race as “racist” he or she was simply misinformed. Now, I know better. Some people have redefined words like “racist” in order to avoid talking about race.  Others do so purposefully…

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Insights Marketing presents the 19th Annual Daydream Weekend at Essence Music Festival 2013

Keshia Walker & Insights Marketing Present 19th Annual DAYDream Weekend of Events New Orleans, LA July 5 -7, 2013

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You Can be “Like Mike.” I’d Rather be Like Jason.

Before yesterday, the reality was that there had never been a person in major American professional sports to discuss their being gay.  With the online release of Jason Collins’ forthcoming Sports Illustrated article, that shameful reality met its overdue demise.  At 34, Collins is at the sunset of a largely unremarkable 12-year NBA career during…

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Rand Paul Comes to My Alma Mater: Thanks for Trying…

…no really.  Thanks for trying. I do recognize the importance of Rand Paul being the first Republican elected official in decades to speak at Howard University.  And while I think it’s silly at best to call such an effort “courageous”, it does speak to the importance Paul places on reaching out to voters his party has marginalized…

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How Social Media Fueled the Ultimate Body Fuel Course

Coach Dre

by Quia Querisma Like most digital start-ups, EatingsForAbs.com started out of necessity and a desire for change. Coach Bryndan “Be” Moore, a certified nutrition coach, didn’t always live a life of clean eating and regular exercise. Years ago, Be visited the gym intermittently, and would grow frustrated that he wasn’t achieving the physical results he…

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Leaving Home – An HBCU Story Part 5. – “A New Day”

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