Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How Black Women Tell Our Stories with Silence

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by Neisha Marie

A friend of mine once swore never to tell her whole story to another person. She wanted to ensure her own words could never be used against her. While others might have recoiled at such an admission, I did not. I understood completely because I too had sewn parts of myself closed never to be revealed to another person.

Friday, April 11, 2014

All is Not Well With Our Girls: When Suicide Hits Close to Home

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by Tiffany Gill of Black Girls Unscripted

I remember reading about Karyn Washington, founder of @ForBrownGirls and the #DarkSkinRedLipProject, back in 2012. Madame Noire did a few great features on her and I was intrigued by her story. Being a member of the brown-skinned girls club myself, I could easily relate to the need for such a platform to boost the confidence of browner-hued women who are often excluded from mainstream beauty discussions.

Talking White and Living Black: The Art of Code Switching

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by Hanifa Barnes

“Why you talk white?”

I grew accustomed to hearing this question from classmates throughout my formative years. Growing up as an African child in America, with an east African father and west African mother, my existence was a dual reality. At home, “standard” English was a requirement, but outside of my home amongst my peers talking “White” was not cool.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Dr. Teleka Patrick and the Fight for Black Women's Mental Health

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by Tejai Beulah

I first wrote about Dr. Teleka Patrick on Thursday, January 9, 2014. By that date, Dr. Patrick had been missing from Kalamazoo, Michigan since Thursday, December 5, 2013. I wrote about her because I didn’t like the way the national media was covering her story at the time. The first few weeks of the case, Dr. Patrick was presented as an accomplished young woman and a promising doctor. However, as more information was learned about her from social media and her ex-husband, the story changed. Dr. Patrick was no longer Dr. Patrick. She was a missing crazy woman who had stalked Gospel singer, Pastor Marvin Sapp. Little more was said about all that Dr. Patrick achieved by the age of 30. No empathy was shown for the fact that she was clearly suffering from a break with reality in the YouTube videos that were broadcast about the Internet. The national media had dismissed her.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Autopsy Confirms Body Found in Indiana Lake is that of Teleka Patrick

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An autopsy has identified the body recovered from a northwestern Indiana lake as that of a missing Michigan doctor Teleka Patrick.

A cause of death has not been released, but the Lake County Coroner’s Office said Wednesday that fingerprints confirmed the body Patrick's.

Boyfriend Admits to Killing 15-Year-Old Danielle Locklear

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15-year-old Danielle Locklear was last seen leaving her grandfather's home in Hope Mills, North Carolina on March 11.

Police say 15-year-old Danielle Locklear’s ex-boyfriend, Je'Michael Malloy, has confessed to killing her and dumping her body in a river after the two got into an argument that night.

They said the conversation turned violent and Malloy choked Locklear to death and stuffed a sock in her mouth.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Why I'm Not Interested in Marriage

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by LaChelle Watson

When a woman expresses disinterest in marriage there are a lot of things that people tend to assume about her. Is she a woman scorned who has given up on love? A feminist man-hater? Some strange individualist with estoteric views? Seldom are these assumptions applied to men who are disinterested in marriage. In fact, it is arguably more socially acceptable for a man to not want marriage. For the most part, I try not to care what other people think but this is one area where my being misunderstood is somewhat troubling.

Soul Food and Plantain: On Growing Up with a Caribbean Family in Black America

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“Are you an alien from outer space, mommy?” That was an honest question I asked my mother the first time I read the “Resident Alien” header on her green card as a child. She took that opportunity to explain to me what a green card was and why she had one. My mother is from the beautiful island of Roatán, Honduras and came to live in the U.S. when she was thirteen. She was old enough to come to the States, full of memories of life back “home,” but young enough to assimilate into life as a Black American.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Now that Shanesha Taylor is Free, We Must Examine the Bigger Picture

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by Amity Payne

By now you must have heard the story of Shanesha Taylor, the homeless 38-year-old mother who was arrested on March 20 after leaving her children in her car while she went to an interview, was finally released from prison. Taylor, unable to afford daycare, left her six month old baby boy and a two-year old son in in her SUV for more than 45 minutes and has been charged with child abuse. She now faces a long legal battle, and upon her release, child protective services kept custody of her children.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Body Found in Indiana Lake May be that of Missing Doctor Teleka Patrick

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Four-months ago Teleka Patrick, 30, left Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she worked as a first-year resident, and was never seen again. Authorities believe that today a fisherman may have found her body a the lake near where her car was discovered back in December.

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement just after 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Sunday afternoon: