What Black History Month Should Be

Airports Authority Commemorates Black History Month with an Event featuring Nikki Giovanni

Black History Month is upon us once again, and with it comes a parade of facts to enlighten the nation on the contributions blacks have made to America. There will be children reciting famous lines from “I Have A Dream,” high school students writing about George Washington Carver and his peanuts and probably some game shows questions on African-American inventors. ...

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McDonald’s Will Soon Accept Hugs As Payment


McDonald’s is taking love as legal tender. As part of a promotional offer from Feb. 2 through Valentine’s Day, the fast-food behemoth will be accepting expressions of affection as payment for food. Winners will be randomly selected at pre-designated times at participating McDonald’s locations, and a McDonald’s employee will instruct them to perform a “random act of Lovin’.” The company ...

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NYC to Pay $3,900,000 in Police Shooting of Ramarley Graham


The family of slain Bronx teen Ramarley Graham agreed Friday to accept $3.9 million from New York City to settle their wrongful death lawsuit, the Daily News reports. “This was a tragic case,” City Law Department spokesman Nick Paolucci told the News. “This was a tragic case. After evaluating all the facts, and consulting with key stakeholders such as the ...

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Criminalizing Victims: How the Punishment Economy Failed Marissa Alexander


On the day that domestic violence survivor Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot at her abusive estranged husband Rico Gray, he assaulted her and threatened to kill her. Despite the shot causing no injuries, Alexander was initially sentenced to 20 years in prison. Alexander successfully appealed her unjust conviction and last November accepted a plea deal for three years with ...

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Instant Americans: What Happens When Transnational Adoptees Learn About Race?


She was the first person I spotted when I walked into the room. She sat behind a school desk, two thick black braids, denim overalls resting over a Gap T-shirt. Her skin, not entirely like mine, had a reddish undertone. She wasn’t half-black like me, I was sure of that. But since we were at Shul, I determined she was ...

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Cinema’s Lessons on Race: Beyond Black or White


I’ve been waiting a lifetime for a film like Black or White. Growing up biracial in the mid-70s and late 80’s, I wondered when I would get to see myself up there on the big screen too. Where were the blended interracial families like mine? When I left the front door of my home in Los Angeles, there were other ...

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Open Letter to Young Black Hollywood: Ending Segregation


There is a story that Elijah Muhammad would often tell about a mule that was chained to a tree for many, many years. Finally, when the mule was unchained, he still didn’t leave the tree’s side. You may already know where I’m going with this: When I was a young record guy, I would go to Hawaii and hang with ...

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25 Financial Terms Everyone Should Know


Do you know your AGI from your ARM from your PMI? Or does the mere mention of those acronyms make you go, “Huh?” If you don’t speak personal finance, don’t worry — we’re here to help. We know that managing your money can sometimes make you feel like you’re learning a foreign language. So we compiled a handy glossary of must-know money ...

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Iggy Azalea Responds To Eve & Jill Scott’s ‘Blaccent’ Comments: ‘I’m Myself’


Following a heated Twitter exchange with Azealia Banks and being schooled on Hip Hop by Q-Tip, Iggy Azalea is back in headlines once again. This time the Australian-born rapper is responding to recent comments by fellow rapper-actress Eve and singer Jill Scott, who recently shared their thoughts on Azalea, her “blaccent” and how it may all contribute to cultural appropriation ...

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Nzingha Stewart Talks Latest Film With This Ring


Nzingha Stewart is on the brink of becoming a household name. The music video director turned filmmaker and producer For Colored Girls (2010) is making her mark in the television world Pretty Little Liars, The Game, and The Fosters. This weekend,With This Ring debuts on Lifetime television network. Based on the novel The Vow, written by Denene Millner, Angela Burt-Murray ...

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