Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Renisha McBride's Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Ted Wafer

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Renisha McBride's family filed a $10 million lawsuit against Ted Wafer for her wrongful death.

On August 7, Wafer was convicted of three charges in the Nov 2 death of 19-year-old McBride in Dearborn, MI: second-degree murder, manslaughter and a weapons charge.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I'm 30, Single, and Satisfied

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by Nika

There is no shame in desiring love and companionship. No dishonor in wanting to share your life with someone special. Like any dream or goal, we can choose to intentionally pursue love. In the Biblical story, Esther positioned herself before the king. She took a year to prepare so that she could position to win. You decide if, when and how you attract the love that you desire.

21 Black Women Invited to Join Sororities at University of Alabama After Controversy

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The Associated Press - Annual recruitment has ended for sororities at the University of Alabama with black women making up just 1 percent of new members.

Number of Black Women-Owned Businesses Increased 258 Percent in 16 Years

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by Jazell Hunt for NNPA

From the rubble of the Great Recession, women business owners are emerging victorious with record growth and economic impact. Even so, women entrepreneurs still face barriers to success.

Today, 30 percent of all American businesses have a woman at the helm. African-American women in particular are a driving force, establishing their enterprises at six times the national average, according to a 2013 American Express OPEN report. Between 1997 and 2013, African-American women-owned businesses grew by 258 percent and made $226.8 billion in revenue. They employ 1.4 million people, which is more than the combined population of Atlanta, St. Louis and Miami.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Overlooking the Mole: Why Your Perfect Mate Might Not Come in a Perfect Package

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by Pennie Penz

Do you remember that episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in which Will thought it was a good idea to set his male professor up with his cousin Hilary because he expressed interest in her? The set up was supposed to work for everyone involved – The professor would date someone he was attracted to, Hilary was supposed to get out of her funk (as she hadn’t dated anyone since the untimely death of her fiancé, Trevor) and date a new man, and Will was slated to pass the class that he was flunking. Hilary and the professor went on a date and she enjoyed his company, but as the night went on she began to find the mole on his face more and more repulsive.

Let Us Not Forget the Black Women Police Kill

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by Kirsten West Sivali for Dame Magazine

It is impossible to turn my eyes away from Ferguson, Missouri.

As law enforcement continues to use military weapons to terrorize protesters seeking justice for slain teen Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was gunned down by police officer Darren Wilson on August 9, the ache in my soul is primitive and all-encompassing.

Mike Brown is My Brother and I Will Weep for Him

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by Queen Muse

This morning, as I awoke and read about yet another day of unrest in Ferguson, the details of police throwing tear gas and smoke bombs on protestors, protestors ducking rubber bullets, and journalists being arrested while covering the chaos, Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" began to play in my head and I began to weep.

7 Black Women to Follow for Updates on #Ferguson

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Photo Credit: @FrenchieGlobal/Twitter
Like much of the world, I haven't been able to take my eyes off of the unrest that's happening in Ferguson, Missouri. Social media has, once again, proven it's effectiveness in quickly disseminating information and fact-checking mainstream sources for an event that the history books will not forgot. While you're trying to keep up with what's going on, be sure to follow these women who are doing extraordinary work telling stories and keeping those of us who cannot make it to Ferguson abreast of what's happening on the ground.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Navigating White and Privileged Assumptions About Detroit

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It happened to me as if I were in a movie. I was sitting in the front row of my “Race, Class, and Gender” lecture one Fall semester when my professor – a white man – displayed in his PowerPoint Presentation slides what he assumed were functioning Detroit Public Schools in contrast to suburban schools.

How the Internet Quickly Consumes Black Culture

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It happens every few months: black youths create a new dance phenomenon or phrase, share it on social media, and it becomes a hit in the black community. A few weeks later, however, mainstream media has once again caught up with the trend, drives it into the ground, and the cycling mill of genius black creativity is put to work creating the next craze.