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Prison Guards Forced Inmates to Have a Strip Show, Among Other Abuses

Prison Guards Forced Inmates to Have a Strip Show, Among Other Abuses

by Liku Zelleke The Justice Department has announced on January 22nd, 2014 that female inmates incarcerated in an Alabama prison were living in a “toxic environment with repeated open s-xual behavior.” The announcement was made about the nearly 900 women that were incarcerated in Tutwiler Prison, a maximum-security prison in Wetumpka, Al. The alleged abuses […]

This Woman Walked 45 Miles for 9 Days in Winter to Have a Baby, then Walked Back

This Woman Walked 45 Miles for 9 Days in Winter to Have a Baby, then Walked Back

by Liku Zelleke There is probably nothing more precious than the birth of a child. Being a parent, and especially a mother, is also probably one of the most joyful moments in any person’s life. A mother-to-be would do anything to make sure that her child was safely brought into the world. But, in some […]

Mother Loses Both of Her Sons Less than Three Weeks Apart

Mother Loses Both of Her Sons Less than Three Weeks Apart

by Liku Zelleke The worst news any parent could ever hear is about the death of their child. But, for Oakland mother of two, Dinyal New, the news – and grief – came twice over. On New Year’s Eve, New’s 13-year-old son, Lee Weathersby was shot and killed on 104th Av., near Walnut St. in […]

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW: It’s 2014 and Time to Tell the Truth About Single Black Women

Crystal M. Hayes, MSW: It’s 2014 and Time to Tell the Truth About Single Black Women

By Crystal M. Hayes I opened up Facebook one early morning recently, as I normally do while preparing for my ritual 5A morning run, and discovered a post from a well-intentioned well-meaning friend that made me a little angry. This friend shared a post about a litany of things that single Black women should do […]

Teleka Patrick’s Mentor: “She’s not just intelligent, she’s Brilliant”

Teleka Patrick’s Mentor:  “She’s not just intelligent, she’s Brilliant”

by David Miller One question that has gripped the public for weeks is “What happened to Teleka Patrick?”  Patrick was a medical resident in Kalamazoo, Michigan who went missing on the night of December 5th.  Her car was found off of I-94 in Portage, Indiana. The public has been obsessed with Patrick’s disappearance and the […]

Are Our Students Being Sold to the Highest Bidder?

Are Our Students Being Sold to the Highest Bidder?

by Kim Courville Williams Mary Bottari, Director of The Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch, wrote an article titled From Junk Bonds to Junk Schools: Cyber Schools Fleece Taxpayers for Phantom Students and Failing Grades on October 2, 2013.  According to her article, there has been an explosion of full-time “virtual” charter schools in […]

Is Beyonce Qualified To Be A Feminist?

Is Beyonce Qualified To Be A Feminist?

By April Taylor Beyoncé seems to have officially declared herself a feminist.  A track on her most recent album highlights a quote from a TED Talk given by Nigerian writer Ngozi Adichie.  The quote defines a feminist as, “a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.” Other than including […]

Dr. Samori Swygert: The Flyest Black Woman- Bessie “Queen Bess” Coleman

Dr. Samori Swygert: The Flyest Black Woman- Bessie “Queen Bess” Coleman

Dr. Samori Swygert Who is Bessie Coleman, and why is she the flyest black woman to me?  Bessie “Queen Bess” Coleman was the first African American Female Aviator, and entertainment pilot.  Bessie Coleman was born January 26, 1892 and died April 30, 1926.  American History makes a big fanfare about Amelia Earhart, but Bessie Coleman got […]

We’re Not Kidding: Alabama State President’s Contract Says She Can’t Have Lovers Spend the Night

We’re Not Kidding: Alabama State President’s Contract Says She Can’t Have Lovers Spend the Night

Contracts often come with terms and conditions that might seem, well, confusing.  The new contract for Alabama State University President Gwendolyn Boyd could be a doozy relative to other deals signed by people in similar situations.  According to Inside Higher Ed, Boyd’s contract includes a clause which states that she is not allowed to have potential […]

DNA Testing Revealed the Man Who Probably Rαped Michelle Obama’s Great-Great-Great Grandmother

DNA Testing Revealed the Man Who Probably Rαped Michelle Obama’s Great-Great-Great Grandmother

A large percentage of African Americans have European blood in their ancestry.  This is something that is celebrated by some, but disgusting to others.  The reason that these revelations draw such deep concerns is because many of these “relationships” were involuntary.  For hundreds of years, African Americans were forced to consummate relationships against their will, […]