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In times of need, which heals and who bleeds?

Hip-hop artist Cardi B was the center of attention some weeks ago after she asked her followers on Twitter if she should “spend 88K for this damn purse?” Several fans and onlookers commented, many of whom felt the rapper’s timing when asking this question was inappropriate. For example, Alicia Crosby tweeted:

“Sis, there’s an eviction crisis, folks can’t feed their families, students are drowning in debt, and people are sick with and dying of COVID. …


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Flo Milli in Beats by Dre commercial. (Image Credit: abancommercials.com)

And the “beat” goes on…

A commercial by Beats by Dre, a leading audio brand co-founded by hip-hop legend Dr. Dre, meant to promote their new Beats Flex product recently began circulating via social media. In it a Black woman is seen stepping out of a vehicle wearing the marketed product. She then walks to face a Confederate statue and dances in front of it as the song “May I” by Flo Milli plays. The woman ends this commercial by walking away, after popping her derrière at the statue, followed by a tagline reading “FLEX THAT CLAPBACK.”

Arguably, Beats’ aim was to sell their product while speaking out against White supremacy, hence the woman popping her derrière at the statue. Her dancing was meant to be a response to Confederate statues and what they represent to Black people. For this reason, the catchy slogan “FLEX THAT CLAPBACK” was featured, since a “clapback” is an acute comeback to being disrespected, whether by actions, words, or gestures. …


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You can run, you can hide, but the past will always find.

Actress Letitia Wright, known for starring in Black Panther, recently came under fire last Thursday after sharing a YouTube video on her Twitter account in which Light London Church leader Tomi Arayomi questioned the safety of the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine. In this video, Arayomi also accused powerful entities of wanting to control free speech, seemingly challenged climate change, and made statements several people have deemed transphobic.

Wright responded to some who criticized her on social media, in one instance asserting, “Just using my own mind to think — which I’m free to do.” Following further backlash, Wright tweeted, “if you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself….you get cancelled.” …


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There’s more to it than meets the eye.

Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala D. Harris are now the President and Vice President-elect of the US, after a highly anticipated presidential race. For many, a changing of the guard in the White House comes as a great comfort considering President Donald Trump’s knack for endorsing hateful rhetoric and failure to adequately address the coronavirus pandemic. Others believe this victory for the Democratic Party gives Americans a chance at a better future. Sharing this sentiment are several Black voters, who as a collective voted for the Biden-Harris ticket at a rate higher than any other group. Notably, early exit polls showed that 87 percent of Blacks voted for a Biden presidency, with Black women voting at 90 percent. On November 9th, Harris posted a tweet showing her gratitude for the latter group. …


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There’s more to fear than blood and gore. Just wait and see what’s in store.

October marks the onset of what some might consider spooky season. Many spend the month watching horror films, sharing ghost stories, and visiting haunted houses — to a lesser degree this year because of the coronavirus pandemic — all in celebration of Halloween during the month’s end. Outside of this celebration, October is also deemed National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, meant to inform people about domestic violence, honor those affected by it, and help individuals stop domestic violence from occurring.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) defines domestic violence as the…


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“Silence is so freaking loud.” — Sarah Dessen

In a recent interview with The Guardian, former model Amy Dorris alleged that President Donald Trump sexually assaulted her more than two decades ago at the 1997 US Open tennis tournament in New York. Dorris claimed she and her then boyfriend Jason Binn, a supposed friend of President Trump, accompanied him to the tournament after first meeting at Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. The alleged assault occurred when she left President Trump’s private box to use the bathroom. …


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Disclaimer: This piece is by no means an attempt to shift blame regarding contentious intraracial matters within the Black community. Instead, this piece seeks to help foster unity and create a better understanding among Black men and women.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” — James Baldwin

The Black community, in addition to racism and oppression from outside groups, often struggles with intraracial unity. Much of this is rooted in European colonization of African civilizations and the transatlantic slave trade, both of which gave rise to issues such as colorism, self-hatred (e.g., embarrassment or shame concerning kinky, tightly coiled hair), and prejudice between persons of differing cultural backgrounds. …


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WNBA 2020 court. (Image Credit: swishappeal.com)

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” — Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Brutality and unjust murder by law enforcement has remained a common occurrence in America for some time. Videos and stories documenting police misconduct have been circulating in recent history, largely involving the mistreatment of Black individuals. With each new incident, both activists and those seemingly opposed to antiblack racism have used their platforms to hold police accountable and bring about systemic change. …


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“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey

Kendrick Lamar released his third studio album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, which largely focused on the Black condition in America. Of the songs featured “Alright” stands out as tune for the ages, succinctly depicting several hardships faced by Black individuals residing in the US since the country’s inception. Perhaps the most moving, and cryptic, part of this song occurs during segment in its chorus, when Lamar raps:

Wouldn’t you know
We been hurt, been down before, nigga
When our pride was low
Lookin’ at the world like, “Where do we go, nigga?” …


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Many would rather improve their position than fix the system.

Singer Trey Songz posted a video to his Instagram page on June 30th, featuring former Philadelphia 76ers cheerleader Annie Fuhrman Weiss alongside others in a limousine. Weiss, who is primarily featured, can be overheard mocking and threatening to physically harm Yahné Coleman, another former Sixers dancer, who is not present in the vehicle. Accompanying Weiss were what appeared to be only White individuals. The former cheerleader is herself a woman of color, though her ancestry is not clear — one would assume she is someone of East Asian descent or Latinx. …

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