After Quvenzhane, Michelle and Beyonce: Why Black Girls Need "The Talk"

For the last couple of months, I’ve been helping out a friend by occasionally babysitting her four-year-old daughter, who was adopted from Ethiopia. My friend, who is white, is a single mother and a teacher and has made considerable efforts to make her daughter aware of her ethnicity, but I can’t help but fear for the trials and tribulations this little girl will endure when she gets older. She is a remarkably beautiful and sweet little kid, and I find myself treating her differently from how I treat my our-year-old niece and my nephews....more
I had two black parents and they told me I was beautiful and smart - but didn't really warn me ...more

Black Women’s Sexuality in Music: An Alternative View to Black History Month

Black women have long had a complicated relationship with the music industry, and Super Bowl XLVII unwittingly became a chapter in Black History Month, with African-American women dominating the entertainment....more
THANK YOU! Saw SO many people posting haterade on Beyoncé that I thought she did something ...more

Oxygen Cancels Shawty Lo's "All My Babies' Mamas"

[Editor's Note 1/16/2013: The Grio reports that Oxygen has cancelled "All My Babies' Mamas". --Grace]...more
I have no idea who "Shawty Lo" is but this show sounds disgraceful. I'm glad that it was canceled.more

Behind the Smile: Viral Video Shows Black Female Depression and Friendship

Until a couple of weeks ago, no one knew who Amber Mondane was. On December 6, Amber and her best friend, Nash, made a four minute video that as of this writing has been shared over 56,000 times on Facebook. Amber and Nash silently narrated their story -- one that resonated not only with young black women, but with anyone who has either been touched with depression themselves or knows somebody who has struggled with it in the past. ...more
Thank you for writing this article.  It was beautifully written. I have a 12 year old daughter ...more

Racial Backlash From the Election: Blowing the Whistle on Dog-Whistlers

The insults aimed at the the first black President of the United States during the 2012 election season did not end on November 6. Why are people more malicious this time around? And how are others supposed to react? During the 2008 election, President Obama was framed as a Kenyan-born, Communist, sleeper-cell Muslim terrorist with an angry, whitey-hating Black Panther for a wife....more
@StevePalmer No, holding people accountable is not a bad thing. But are regular young people ...more

Will the Supreme Court Side With Abigail Fisher in Affirmative Action Case?

A young Texan’s displeasure with not getting into her family’s alma mater has opened up a controversial topic that is mired a flurry of emotions, and a mire of contradictions. Many American colleges have a policy to encourage diversity on their campuses, but it is now up to the United States Supreme Court to decide whether affirmative action programs are levelling the playing field for minorities or unfairly punishing whites....more
This will probably be flamed, but I don't think there's much of a chance of a major North ...more

Do Interracial Relationships and Self-Hate Go Hand in Hand?

Recently, freelance writer Jenny An caused an online firestorm with her confessional essay I’m an Asian Woman and I Refuse to Ever Date an Asian Man for xoJane. But is it her defense of interracial dating or the way she defends it that's stirring up so much controversy?...more
@bellejarblog - and exactly how accepting are asian's of white's in their culture?  You talk ...more

2012 London Olympics Race-Fail Roundup

One of the downsides of the immediacy of news in our fast-paced, technology-driven world is access to too much information and too many opinions from too many people. While watching the 2012 London Olympics, people comment on anything and everything -- including some things that reveal the real state of race relations in the world....more

"Black Folk Don't" Web Series Challenges Stereotypes

"Something about the sound of twigs crunching under your feet; it’s like Massa's coming down." -- a Black Folk Don't interviewee on camping A few years ago, I walked into a massive athletic shoe store in Harlem. I was kindly greeted by the security guards, but while I was perusing the rows of incredibly expensive shoes, a Black male salesperson approached me. "You aren't from here, are you?" he asked politely. "Uh, no. I’m from Toronto." He looked confused. "Where's that?"...more
I did not care for this article when I initially began to read this because I have tried to ...more

Kanye West, Jay-Z, Oprah, and Reality Show Vixens: Do We Need Black Role Models?

A couple of months ago, Oprah's Lifeclass: The Tour made a stop in my hometown. I was completely unaware about the stop until two days prior to the event, when I got a frantic text from a friend. “Girl, did you get your tickets to Oprah’s Lifeclass????” ...more
I have always questioned why the culture seem to think that black people need these public role ...more