Women

Rachel Miller-Bradshaw: How Single Motherhood Affects the Children

How Single Motherhood Affects the Children

By Rachel Miller-Bradshaw Conversations about the black family in the United States usually focus on the roles of single mothers and absent fathers; at times, completely ignoring the direct product of these relationships- the children. But as we move forward in our conversation, more attention should be directed to the children. No need to go into a long statistical explanation, but ...

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Nigerian Actress Explains the Skin Bleaching Photos on the Internet

By Daphne R Bleaching one’s skin is not a new beauty trend. Products like Ambi have been used for years to lighten skin and reduce blemishes. But lately, there’s been a lot of news circulating about skin whitening in the global black community, especially among black female celebrities and on the continent of Africa. A Nigerian actress named Thelma Omone ...

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When 2 Chainz is Part of Your Black History Tribute, You Know Your People are Lost

by Dr. Kimberley Brown Only a people with a dreadfully poor understanding of their past would make a mockery of it. No one else on the face of this earth does it… which begs the question: what so unfortunate has happened to us, which no other group has experienced, that would cause some of us to lose our minds, make ...

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UK Magazine Calls Beyonce a Wh@re for Her Grammy Performance

Beyonce’s performance at the Grammys was certainly an attention-grabber.  She was scantily clad, moving seductively and digging deep in the playbook of erotic moves.  The performance was more than most expected, and left some parents concerned that the show wasn’t quite family-friendly. The reactions varied across the web, with some people being highly critical of the wife and mother getting ...

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Beyonce and Sherman are Called “Wh@re” and “Thug,” Yet You Remain Silent

by Maurice Green After taking the time to let the information to which I have just become privy soak in, I felt the need to “pen” this short note. In the last two weeks I have had the displeasure of seeing hatefully disgusting attacks on people that I do not know personally but share a common heritage. The coded racist ...

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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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Prison Guards Forced Inmates to Have a Strip Show, Among Other Abuses

by Liku Zelleke The Justice Department has announced on January 22nd, 2014 that female inmates incarcerated in an Alabama prison were living in a “toxic environment with repeated open s-xual behavior.” The announcement was made about the nearly 900 women that were incarcerated in Tutwiler Prison, a maximum-security prison in Wetumpka, Al. The alleged abuses included male officers openly watching ...

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This Woman Walked 45 Miles for 9 Days in Winter to Have a Baby, then Walked Back

by Liku Zelleke There is probably nothing more precious than the birth of a child. Being a parent, and especially a mother, is also probably one of the most joyful moments in any person’s life. A mother-to-be would do anything to make sure that her child was safely brought into the world. But, in some parts of the world, that ...

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Mother Loses Both of Her Sons Less than Three Weeks Apart

by Liku Zelleke The worst news any parent could ever hear is about the death of their child. But, for Oakland mother of two, Dinyal New, the news – and grief – came twice over. On New Year’s Eve, New’s 13-year-old son, Lee Weathersby was shot and killed on 104th Av., near Walnut St. in Oakland. Before the initial shock ...

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Crystal M. Hayes, MSW: It’s 2014 and Time to Tell the Truth About Single Black Women

By Crystal M. Hayes I opened up Facebook one early morning recently, as I normally do while preparing for my ritual 5A morning run, and discovered a post from a well-intentioned well-meaning friend that made me a little angry. This friend shared a post about a litany of things that single Black women should do to make themselves more desirable. ...

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