Category Archives: Straight No Chaser

True Love: The Victorian (Re)Discovery of Black Women?s Literature

If you can pull out some old British newspapers, then you?ll find that an article from 1893 proclaimed Sarah Farro as the 1st Negro Novelist for her publication called ?True Love.? Well, they didn?t have their facts right about her being the first, but they did well in recognizing the phenomenal kick-starter for African American literature.

Farro was born in Illinois in 1859 and her parents had moved from the South to settle in Chicago. In the census of 1880, her two sisters and her family were given the ?Black? status. One reason why her one and only publication had disappeared from records was that she wrote about white people.

Her novel had been published by a well-known publishing house at the time and it was exhibited at the World?s Columbian Exhibition. Her work was among the work of 58 others which constituted of women only. She had even been recognized as an outstanding pioneer for her race in Chicago!

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Pic of Father Changing Son Goes Viral; Spurs Realization That Dads Need Changing Tables Too

*After a photo of a father having to change his baby son’s diaper while squatting went viral, it prompted a call for men’s public restrooms to require changing tables, just like the women’s restrooms.

?This is a serious post!!! What?s the deal with not having changing tables in men?s bathroom as if we don?t exist!!? Donte Palmer, a high school teacher in Jacksonville, Fla., captioned an Instagram photo of him changing his son?s diaper in a restaurant bathroom. ?Clearly, we do this often because look how comfortable my son is. It?s routine to him!!!! Let?s fix this problem!? Palmer also called on activist and football quarterback Colin Kaepernick to ?drop a knee to this issue!?

After The Shade Room published the photo, it got more than 400,000 likes.

Palmer, 31, told Yahoo Lifestyle that the September 15th image reflects his daily routine with his three boys, ages 12, 7, and 1.

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Watch What Waitress Does When Perv Grabs Her Booty; Waitress Speaks Out (Video)

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*Ryan Cherwinski thought he could just walk by Emelia Holden, grab her butt, and keep it movin’ like it never even happened. Unfortunately he didn’t realize that Emily don’t play that and she instantly made him realize he just effed up.

As you can see in thepic above (and video below), Holden, 21, didn?t hesitate to take matters into her own hands when Cherwinski groped her during her shift at Vinnie Van Go-Go?s in Savannah, Georgia on June 30. Holden immediately turns around and grabs him by his collar and slams him into a counter.

?I looked at him and I said, ?You don?t touch me, motherf??!? ? Holden tells PEOPLE. ?I didn?t even think, I just reacted. I don?t know how I reacted the way I did. I?ve never done that before.?

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How Black Twitter Makes Us Stronger (WATCH)

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*The Internet is home to many communities formed by shared interests and beliefs but none of them have the cohesiveness that is found in Black Twitter.

The online community, which links African Americans and other members of the Black Diaspora with each other, serves as an example of what can be achieved when voices are raised in unison.

It also shows how a community can benefit from an evolving dialogue among itself. Because of Black Twitter, no black person has to feel alone in his struggle.

Struggle, however, is not the sole reason for this loose community to exist. Black Twitter was necessitated by the over-whelming whiteness of online spaces. Its existence was inevitable. In a social climate where black people?s point of view is ignored or misconstrued, black folks have resisted by speaking their truth to power – whether it is by art, literature, music or protest. A part of the black struggle is to keep the struggle itself visible. Understanding the power of online platforms, black folks galvanized to become that visible force.

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How Today?s Beauty Standards Are Harming Black Women

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*Beauty products not only offer enhancement of one?s face and body but also an enhancement to one?s confidence.

When it comes to creating a look, beauty products help in transforming into the shape that is most desirable.

When what is deemed desirable is dictated by whiteness, it leads black women to feel insecure and turn to products that are harmful to their bodies and health.

Black women know from first-hand experience how society rewards lighter skin and straight hair. Black women who give in to these European standards of beauty get better pay and see more upward trajectory in their career.

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Black Folks and Mental Health: How to End the Stigma

The African American community is no different from other communities when it comes to mental health. Yet, it faces disparity when it comes to access to quality care. This disparity can be attributed to three reasons; lack of resources, lack in quality of care and a stigma surrounding mental health in the community.

The stigma exists from lack of trust in the medical system, lack of services that are culturally aware and the need for privacy. All of these concerns coming from the community are legitimate. Black folks are more likely to be misdiagnosed with schizophrenia due to the lack of understanding on part of the physician about how distress is expressed in the community.

Rather than being offered psychotherapy or medication, African American folks suffering from mental health have to rely on emergency treatments. They are not provided complete information about available options for care. Those whose mental health continues to worsen face incarceration in their future.

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NYC Gynecologist Sues Patient for Bad Online Review (He Wants A Million Bucks!)

*This changing world has made everyone feel like they can be a critic. It’s so easy to go online and write a review after receiving a service, or shopping at a store, or eating at a restaurant. In fact, reports say 88% of online shoppers incorporate reviews into their purchase decisions.

Customer and business review sites such as Yelp can make a business of any size a bit nervous if someone writes a bad review; and folks are sharing opinions on everything from a stay at an airbnb, how they were treated on an airline flight, lack of cleanliness in a restaurant restroom, or in this case, a visit to the doctors office.

But legal analysts warn, you’d better choose your words carefully when writing such a review. It can come back yo bite you!

This is a warning that came a bit too late for a Manhattan woman named Michelle Levine; who told CBS New York she’s already spent close to $20,000 fighting the million-dollar suit from Dr. Joon Song, a gynecologist she had a single visit with in August for an annual exam. Continue reading

Editorial: Responses from Roseanne Barr (to Cast Members) Weakens Her Apology for Racist Tweet

*Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Will Roseanne Barr ever learn that everything that pops into her head does not need to be tweeted out to the public? She is acting just like her apparent mentor, without the benefits. He’s still on office…her unemployment became effective immediately.

But the real concern here is how weak her apology to the cast members and crew of the rebooted Roseanne show — those who lost their jobs due to her big mouth — has become.

Her whole “I should’ve known better” comment did somehow appear to show her taking responsibility for that careless tweet; where she compared former Obama Senior Adviser, Valerie Jarrett (Am I the only one who thinks the two women actually favor?) to an ape.

?Don?t feel sorry for me, guys!!-I just want to apologize to the hundreds of people,and wonderful writers (all liberal) and talented actors who lost their jobs on my show due to my stupid tweet.? –Roseanne Barr

But that accountability diminished when she, one: attempted to blame her actions on medication, and two: demonstrated her true colors by criticizing cast members (scroll down) who responded about how “disgusted” they were about her comment.

WTF? What did she expect them to say? Anything else would have them appearing just as dumb as her.

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