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Three Things I Hated (and Loved) About the 56th Grammy Awards

Three Things I Hated (and Loved) About the 56th Grammy Awards

I usually don’t do this. I’m usually able to find the good in anything and highlight it, but last night I was really irritable while watching the 56th Grammy Awards. And honestly, you all’s tweets didn’t make it any better.…







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Something to Die For

Something to Die For

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of…







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Hairography: The Joe and Tahiry Story

Hairography: The Joe and Tahiry Story

Season 1, episode 11 of Glee was entitled “Hairography.” Rapper Eve plays Grace Hitchens, the glee club director at Jane Adams Academy, an all-girl schools for troubled youth. Hitchens choir is competing against McKinley High in an upcoming showcase. Like…







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Being Mary Jane: The Soundtrack

Being Mary Jane: The Soundtrack

Every influential television show becomes known for something other than its plot and characters. The Cosby Show was known for its portrayal of middle class, Black culture. Scandal is recognized for its fashion. And last night, Being Mary Jane stood…







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Confessions: The Story of Girl Melanie

Confessions: The Story of Girl Melanie

As a kid, I was one of the few girls who didn’t jump on the Usher bandwagon. And then Confessions happened. While the entire album was amazing, and arguably Usher’s best ever, the title track is what stood out to…







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#100LifeGoals: Building Your Dream

#100LifeGoals: Building Your Dream

I genuinely enjoy the life I live, but it’s not my dream life. I believe the life I dream of is achievable, but to do so I have to make some intentional decisions. My goal in 2014 is architect my…







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The Veneer Gospel: Winans’ Snubs Single Mom and Child

The Veneer Gospel: Winans’ Snubs Single Mom and Child

When I read the story of Charity Grace, I could immediately relate to her experience. Marvin Winans, pastor of Perfecting Church, refused to bless her two-year-old son, Joshua, because he was born out of wedlock. “I’ve never felt so degraded…







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Creator Mara Brock Akil Provides Insight on ‘Being Mary Jane’

Creator Mara Brock Akil Provides Insight on ‘Being Mary Jane’

I fell in love with Mary Jane as she lay in bed with a man after sex and prayed, “Please, God, if he’s mine, give me a sign.” I loved her because she was real. I loved her because she…







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