Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I Did Not Hit First...Does That Make it Better?


When the video of Ray Rice knocking his now-wife Janay to the ground surfaced, "she hit first" was a widely used defense of the football star's actions. In reality, the question is meant only to deflect from the act of violence that resulted in a woman laying unconscious on the ground.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Trailer for 'Oya: Rise of the Orisha' Looks Incredible


The world absolutely needs African superhero films, and I'm particularly excited about this one with two Black women protagonists.

Filmmaker Nosa Igbinedion sought to fill the gap with "Oya: Rise of the Orisha" a film he wrote, directed, and produced that was released earlier this year.

 The synopsis sounds incredible:

Poet Elizabeth Acevedo Explains Why We Don't Need to "Fix" Our Hair


Many of us grow up hearing from the older women in our lives that we need to "do something" to our hair. Of course they don't mean to demean us. They simply want us to look "presentable" in public. These words can have an irreparable effect on how we view ourselves.

Lupita Nyong'o Stops by Sesame Street to Share Why She Loves Her Skin


This has been very good week on Sesame Street. Just a few days ago, Janelle Monae stopped by and and now Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong'o made an appearance.

Ledisi Sets the Rules in "Like This"


Ledisi is back giving us stellar vocals once again. In her new single, "Like This," she sings flawlessly of the ups and downs of love.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Actress Detained by Police for Refusing to Show ID Speaks Out


Last week, Daniele Watts was detained by police after she refused to identify herself to police in Studio City, California. Watts and her boyfriend Brian Lucas alleged that the officers accosted Watts because they believed her to be a sex worker.

A Survivor of the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing Tells Her Story


Many are familiar with the bombing of Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church that claimed four young lives; however, little attention has been given over the years to Sarah Collins Rudolph. Rudolph was also injured in the blasts on September 15, 1963; however, she escaped the rubble. Her sister, 14-year-old Addie Mae Collins, did not. Collins spoke to a few media outlets last year to mark the 50th anniversary of the tragedy.