Malcolm X Died at the Hands of Black People, Now Rappers Want to Murder his Reputation Too

by Dr. Boyce Watkins My good friend Etan Thomas sent me a picture of the latest album cover released by the rapper Nicki Minaj.  The cover of the album, called “Lookin Ass N*gga,” made me turn my head to the side, trying to figure out why Minaj would do something so ridiculous.  What I actually saw in the album cover ...

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Was Shirley Temple’s Legacy One Of Racism Or Not?


By Lechette Walker The death of memorable Shirley Temple reminded us on how her childhood role helped to shape the changing schemas of the time. The portrayed relationship between Shirley Temple and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, has lingered among the experiences of numerous people that were acquainted with Temple in early 1930. Temple and Robinson premiered in several films together. The ...

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No, Zimmerman Will NOT Be Fighting the Rapper DMX

By Daphne R For those of you waiting to hear when the celebrity boxing match between George Zimmerman and rapper DMX is, it appears the match has been cancelled. The event promoter, Damon Feldman made the announcement via his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon that he decided to cancel the celebrity boxing match. He summed his decision up in a ...

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An Attorney Says: Read the Fine Print Before Signing with the NCAA

by Damario Solomon-Simmons The guaranteed free, four-year “full ride” scholarship every high school star football player thinks they are receiving from their favorite school today is actually: NOT guaranteed for four (4) years; and NOT really free; First, each scholarship is an one (1)-year, renewable at the institution’s discretion, financial aid package that can be cancelled at the discretion of his coach.   Second, according to a ...

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Op-Ed Refers to Jay-Z as a “Poor Excuse for a Husband”

by Liku Zelleke The stars and guests at the 2014 Grammy Awards were entertained by none other than Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z as they sung “Drunk in Love.” Everyone there seemed to like it: people were dancing to the steamy song and after it ended the couple were given a standing ovation. But, it seems there are some ...

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He Was Buried in a Solid Gold Casket: 9 Things You May Not Know about James Brown

By: Britt L A major figure of 20th-century music and a pioneer in every genre of music, James Brown has a resume that puts  modern day musicians to shame. Nearly six decades deep, Brown has created great dynamics in sound and influenced the entertainment that we today call R&B, soul and most importantly, funk. Over 100 chart-topping songs later, James’ legacy will forever live in the hearts ...

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Crystal M. Hayes, MSW: Beyoncé, Feminism is for Everybody, but it Involves Work

By Crystal M. Hayes I am not here to take Beyoncé’s feminist card away. Her feminist credentials are safe with me, and not debatable. In fact, the very idea of questioning a woman’s self determination, seems, well, quite anti-feminist at its core. Beyoncé, like any woman, has the right to claim feminism for herself, and she gets to decide what ...

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Writer Seems To Think that Rapper Juicy J is Now a Positive Role Model


by Dr. Boyce Watkins Some think that because I critique modern commercialized hip-hop (which is not the same as real hip-hop), that I don’t understand it.  They also might assume that I don’t listen to it or wish to censor artists who might be defined as “ratchet.”  Actually, the opposite is true:  I only listen to hip-hop and almost no ...

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Crystal M. Hayes, MSW: Gabrielle, You’re Not Responsible for Dwyane’s Insecurities

By Crystal M. Hayes “All too often women believe it is a sign of commitment, an expression of love, to endure unkindness or cruelty, to forgive and forget. In actuality, when we love rightly we know that the healthy, loving response to cruelty and abuse is putting ourselves out of harm’s way.” ~bell hooks “All about Love: New Visions” I am ...

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Ann Coulter, Who Dated JJ From Good Times, Calls Melissa Harris-Perry a Token African American

by David Miller Ann Coulter makes her money by saying things that shock people.  She’s good at it, but not a very smart person overall.  Coulter responded to the controversy involving Melissa Harris-Perry at MSNBC by making a statement that got her in the headlines again. During a recent segment on Fox News, Coulter said that Harris-Perry’s recent apology to ...

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