*Especially if the name wasn’t your idea.
What if your great-grandparents came from Greece in the 1920s, changed their name from some ethnic-sounding name to “fit in” better once in America.
What if they had no reason whatsoever to suspect that one day, a name like this, would cause a real problem for their family because, well, cocaine is illegal. Continue reading
Journalist Ed Gordon
*Billed as an “African American and Latino Family Crisis,” award- winning journalist Ed Gordon (President of Ed Gordon Media) will host a thought-provoking town hall discussion about the dynamics of fatherless households in America; particularly within African-American and Latino urban communities. Continue reading
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*Never let it be said that this writer doesn’t love animals or their “ethical treatment,” but seriously PETA…You’re using three adorable kids to go after FLOTUS because of her Easter Egg Hunt? You have them telling the First Lady how disappointed they are in her…and how she’s “better than that?”
But that’s what they’re doing folks. The latest target of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, more fondly known as PETA, is First Lady Michelle Obama.
In other words, Mrs. Obama, PETA’s got a chicken wing to pick with you!
EU, sorry, I couldn’t resist! Continue reading
Kwasi Enin (Photo: William Floyd School District)
*How refreshing it is to be able to acknowledge universities rising to meet the demand of accepting deserving students of color in their institutions. It is with much anticipation that one day, such recognition will no longer be necessary, because diversity in these colleges will be a given, and African American students especially, will be but one group amongst many who are accepted in the colleges of their choice based on the fact that they have done the work just like any other student and deserves to be there.
Recently, our article on students Avery Coffey a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., who applied to and was accepted at five Ivy League universities including Harvard, and Chad Thomas who was accepted at 150 universities, offered encouraging reports of African-American students getting accepted to most or all of the Ivy League schools they applied to. Now comes new data suggesting that Harvard University may be leading the way on diversity.
According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the highly ranked institution’s class of 2018 will be 12 percent black, the largest representation of that group in the university’s history. Continue reading
Did Patti LaBelle really take off her wig and earrings and land a Mayweather-style punch on Aretha?
*OK, let us stand still for a sec and try to wrap our collective brains around this fantastical lie: Patti LaBelle and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin duking it out in a fist fight
This is how it supposedly went down.
Both women were at the March 20 Women of Soul concert at, of all places, The White House. As Aretha was making her way to the stage, Patti LaBelle, along with others standing near the aisle seats, reached to grasp her hand in that kind of “I love you sister girl” way.
Whew! If looks could kill that hand would’ve fallen off, Miss Aretha!
Apparently, Aretha wasn’t having it, and threw shade at Patti by pushing the hand out of the way in a “Girl stop frontin’ you know we don’t get down like that” kind of way.
Not a good idea as far as egos go. Continue reading
*Leave it to one Mrs. Jada Pinkett-Smith to show what class looks like even while lying naked on the couch in subtle light.
Of course it helps tremendously that her toned bod is not bad on the eyes either. Continue reading
In an article for Psychology Today, doctor Pamela Rutledge says that taking selfies can be detrimental to a person’s mental health and that indulging in them is indicative of narcissism, low self esteem, attention seeking behavior and self-indulgence.
*We all take ‘em, and you only need to click on FaceBook to see just how popular taking a selfie (you taking a photo of yourself) is.
Let’s face it, we feel beautiful after a facial, new hair style, successful work out, and we want to share it with the world.
Look at me! I feel gorgeous…
But now experts claim that the trend of taking pictures of yourself could cause narcissism, addiction, mental illness and even suicide.
Yes. This is the claim as suggested by expert opinions surrounding the phenomenon. And one man diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder says he grew suicidal due to his selfie addiction. Continue reading
Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker
*Oh man! Nothing can put a nasty taste in the mouth of a marriage like a prenup.
Dang…Must we do this sweetie?
Unfortunately, “yes we must,” was the answer according to actions taken by Real Housewife of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss.
Thus the planned wedding between Burruss and her betrothed, Todd Tucker went off with a hitch and was anything but simple. Especially since Mama Joyce, Kandi’s mother, has always suspected Todd to be in it for her daughters money. Continue reading