Bring Back Our Girls


200+ Nigerian Girls Kidnapped: Will You Fight for Your Brown Sistas?

Imagine waking up your daughter to get ready for school. She gets dressed while you prepare her breakfast. The kitchen quickly fills with the sounds of laughter as the two of you discuss everything from her assignment that’s due next week to the young boy who’s beginning to give her butterflies.

You hug your sweet girl, kiss her cheek and say, “Mommy loves you.” And as she heads to the school bus she smiles, “I love you too.”
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Why I am NOT Mary Jane


I know the first season of Being Mary Jane has come and gone, but I still want to speak on this. (Partly because I hadn’t been following the show and more importantly because this topic is still relevant.)

Let me begin by saying that after hearing people talk (and blog) about the new show, I did watch the pilot episode last year and was pleasantly surprised. Unlike most of BET’s productions, I actually enjoyed the episode. Minus opening the show with a sex scene (I believe TV’s oversaturation of sex decreases the content’s quality), I thought the episode was very interesting and I also respected the way BET “humanized” Mary Jane by showing her doing “normal” things (e.g. sitting on the toilet while scrolling through her phone).
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What’s the Big Deal about the ‘GIRL’ Album Cover?


The topics of Black women and skin color can be touchy for some people, and this past week’s events certainly supported this claim.

Grammy winner Pharrell Williams released the album cover for his upcoming project GIRL and not every “girl” was extremely pleased with his “ode to women” visual.

If you have yet to see the cover, it shows Williams and three other women all wearing bathrobes and sunglasses. But, after seeing the new visual, many were left wondering, Where are the Black women?
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Ladies, Your Body Should Not be Your Greatest Asset


My cousin practically ran to the TV when the clock struck 8pm to turn on the Grammys.

“Jay Z and Beyonce are performing,” he explained. And as an avid Jay Z fan, the night’s performance was one thing he surely didn’t plan to miss.

So we watched it.

Now, although I’m not a fan of either musician, I’ve certainly heard Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” hit plenty of times. Yet, I was still surprised the duo would pick that song to open the Grammys with. I mean, singing about “surfboarding” and “graining on that wood” for what people consider a family-friendly show could be considered a bit much.
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3 Things Being On a “Break” Also Produced


Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union, Ludacris and Eudoxie. The recent scandals involving these four people are so similar it’s scary.

If you’ve been anywhere near a computer during the past two weeks, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the issues facing the two couples. But, just in case, here’s a quick recap:

Right before the New Year, the world got wind that basketball star Dwayne Wade had proposed to his longtime girlfriend Gabrielle Union. Just a few days later, it was also revealed that Wade had fathered a child with another woman while he and Gabby were on a “break.” The child was born only a short time before his proposal.
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Must Husbands and Wives Have Equal Status?

Young couple looking at new cars

I ask this question in terms of what type of car they’re driving. At first mention, it may sound silly or juvenile, but hear me out.

I was with family during the Thanksgiving holiday and an interesting topic of equality in marriage arose. Let me give you some background information:

My cousin recently graduated law school and is studying to take the bar exam. She drives a 2008 Honda Civic, which she purchased brand new and is almost finished paying off.

Her husband works as a manager in the finance department of a Fortune 500 company. He recently (like in the last two years) got a brand new BMW. He previously owned a Honda Accord, but as it began to break down and his income began to increase, he told his wife that if he was going to have a car payment, it had to be “for something I really want.”
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Kanye West Takes Aim at Michelle Obama


On Oct. 22, 2013, I wrote an article asking, “Is Kayne West going Crazy?” It only took West seven days to confirm my suspicions.

As if bringing out “white Jesus” and selling confederate flag, skull covered t-shirts wasn’t enough to show the world West has stepped outside of his mind, this so called “creative genius” had the nerve to open his mouth and imply that Michelle Obama isn’t as popular or influential as Kim Kardashian.

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