Thursday, April 24, 2014

On Mimi, Beyoncé and Backlash Against the Sexual Agency of Black Mothers

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I'm terrified of motherhood -- not simply because of the changes birthing a child will bring to my body and lifestyle, but because once a woman becomes a mother, she is expected to shrink into herself -- to forego the parts of her identity that  anyone could ever construe as shameful.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Dear Black Women: Self-Care is Not the Enemy

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I was invited to a weekend-long retreat at the end of last month. I went, expecting the solitude to welcome me with time to write, uninterrupted. But, besides words, I received something I considered even more valuable: good old-fashioned rest and peace of mind.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Supreme Court Case Winner Challenges Rejected Michigan Applicant to Affirmative Action Debate

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Brooke Kimbrough always dreamed of becoming a University of Michigan Wolverine. Her score on the ACT--a college readiness evaluation test--dwarfs the scores of most of her classmates. Earlier this month, she was part of a winning team at the National Urban League Debate Championship in Washington, D.C. Last week, she became a powerful symbol for exactly how Michigan's race-blind college admissions policies have failed.

Related: Student Stages Protest Against Rejection from University of Michigan

Monday, April 21, 2014

1200 People Petition to Stop Michelle Obama from Speaking at Graduation

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Mail Online - If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate.

Reap What You Sow: Why I'm Not Mad at Porsha

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Until NeNe Leakes became one of the most insufferable characters I've had the misfortune of watching on television, Porsha Williams and Kenya Moore were my two least favorite cast members on the Real Housewives of Atlanta. Both women are beautiful and self-absorbed, traits I normally appreciate in reality TV stars, but Porsha's ditziness and Kenya's maliciousness make them difficult to stomach.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mom Transforms Dolls to Show Her Daughter She is Beautiful

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CBC - It was about a year ago that Queen Cee Robinson tried to find a doll that resembled her daughter and had a revelation – there weren’t any.

Robinson had seen black Barbie dolls before. Most of them wore bikinis, and they all had long, straight hair. And they all looked the same — sidekicks to the white dolls, or as Robinson describes them, “Barbie’s token black friend.”

That started Robinson down a path of giving dolls makeovers — providing them with loose curls and dreadlocks, hijabs and sarongs, all in the name of giving little girls a realistic image of themselves.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Court Attorney Will Prosecute Shanesha Taylor for Child Endangerment

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AZ Central - Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Wednesday he will move forward with the felony child- abuse prosecution of Shanesha Taylor, the jobless mom whose Scottsdale arrest has drawn national attention and prompted calls for Taylor to receive assistance rather than punishment.

Sometimes it Isn't Enough to Hear That We are Enough

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More often than not, we look at love as being some huge prize reserved for those of us who are good enough to deserve it. We have to be lucky enough, pretty enough, smart enough, sexy enough, patient enough and kind enough. As a result, we spend an awful lot of time attempting to master those things we assume will get us that prize.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Who Won? Certainly Not Kim or Ciara

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by Ashleigh Atwell

Last week, I reluctantly exposed myself to I Won, a new track by rappers Future and Kanye West. The premise of the track is the duo bragging about their famous significant others, Ciara and Kim Kardashian. It seems like a sweet gesture until you actually pay attention to the lyrics. The song starts out with Future warbling the hook:

This is What a Battered Woman Looks Like

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by Janice Fuller-Roberts

It’s easy to say what you would or wouldn’t do in a situation from the safety of your own home. It’s like being an armchair quarterback or a backseat driver. The “right” thing is always obvious when you’re not in the thick of things.

Everyone does it. We sit on our high horses and haughtily pass judgment on the actions of others. But the thing about high horses is that they’re precarious perches, and falling off is easier than you think. Some of us even get knocked off.