Thursday, October 23, 2014

Racism and Educational Injustice: Some teachers ARE Part of the Problem


by Adrienne Wallace

While there are a lot of people who advocate against racism, many people fail to address how it plays out in schools, affecting our students and their futures. A study by the Center for America Progress that came out in early October highlights some difficult but important truths that we must confront – that there are teachers in our public school system that act on racist beliefs and harm the educational outcomes of brown and black students. That’s a nice way of saying what most parents and students of color already know to be true: Some teachers perpetuate racism in their classrooms.

Loving Cosby: Battling my Willful Ignorance of an Icon's Abuses


by Aprill Hawkins

To this day, there is nothing I love more than a good “The Cosby Show” marathon. I will cancel every plan I have to post up on my couch and watch the lives of the Huxtables unfold. Watching “The Cosby Show” is a wonderful experience of nostalgia, and who doesn’t love a trip down memory lane. But with the recent accusations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, I’m not sure I will ever enjoy it like I once did.

Why We Must Find Space for the Activism of Black Women Academics


by Jenn M. Jackson

“You think your piece of paper makes you better than me?” 

This is the question I can’t seem to escape, no matter the circumstance, interaction, or context. For others, my “piece of paper” often stands between me and activism. It labels me as an outsider and makes me an “other.” But why?

On Tyga, Kylie Jenner, and the Appeal of the “Young Girl”


by Camonghne Felix

As a woman who spent most of her teen years becoming expertly familiar with the streets of New York City, I am no stranger to the spell of attractive older men. As a teenager who considered herself “ahead of my time” (ignore my adolescent narcissism), older men were often my kryptonite. They provided a kind of intellectual and social worldliness that I felt was missing from the boys my own age. While I was probably right about that difference in intellectual and social capital, what I did account for was the kind of emotional capital these older men had over me.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Family Says Dallas Nurse, Amber Vinson, Free of Ebola Virus


by Elise Viebeck

The second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola appears to have beaten the virus while receiving care at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.

The nurse, Amber Vinson, is "regaining strength" and health officials are "no longer able to detect virus in her body," her mother said in a statement.

Sexual Assault and HBCUs: Deepening the Conversation


by Felecia Commodore for

On September 29, NPR ran a story taking a look at sexual assault on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (“HBCU”) campuses, wondering if they are doing enough to address sexual assault on their campuses.

7 Things You Can Do Right Now to Start Your Journey According to Oprah


by Cherise Luter

Full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Oprah Winfrey. Being that she is a billionaire, head of a media empire, beloved the world over, and is visibly unapologetic regarding the decisions she has made for herself personally and professionally, I consider her a role model for the ages. I look at her and see all that is possible for myself as an entrepreneurially minded black woman.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Actress Charged with Lewd Conduct After Racial Discrimination Claims


by Luchina Fisher for ABC News

Django Unchained” actress Daniele Watts and her boyfriend have been charged with lewd conduct stemming from an incident last month when the couple was found in a parked car having a romantic encounter.

10 Facts About Black Women & Breast Cancer You Should Know


by Tsebiyah Mishael

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I’m sure you’re seeing pink everywhere. Interestingly enough, even though Breast Cancer affects black women at younger ages and much more aggressive forms appear in those diagnosed, racial disparities in cancer statistics seem to be much less often touched upon. Below are some important facts about breast cancer in relation to black women.  

I Taught My Mixed Race Sons to be Race Neutral


by Terry Baker Mulligan for Salon

One Saturday night in St. Louis about decade ago my younger son, then a teen, was driving around town with two white friends. I’m black and my husband is white, so our two sons are biracial. This particular son has his father’s straight hair and aquiline nose. His skin is brown like mine.