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Donald Sterling Vetoes Los Angeles Clippers Sale In Reversal; Resumes Suit Against NBA

In a sudden about-face, Donald Sterling said Monday night he intends to “fight to keep" the Los Angeles Clippers.<p>“From the onset, I did not want to …

Why Do Black Women Have to Look Like White Women to Serve Their Country?

I am proud to be an American and I feel very grateful to the men and women of the U.S. military who sacrifice their physical health, mental health, lives and limbs to keep us safe. My heart goes out to the victims of the Fort Hood massacre and my prayers are with them and all military …

5 Things You Need to Know about Colorism

<b>As a dark brown woman</b>, I <i>never</i> publicly engage in conversations about complexion and colorism (discrimination based on skin color) because they …

Pentagon To Review Controversial Military Hairstyle Policies For Black Women

WASHINGTON -- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that the Pentagon would be reviewing each service's policies on women's hairstyles, after African-American female soldiers criticized new Army regulations as racially biased.<p>The Army recently released Regulation 670-1, which contained …

D.L. Hughley Accused Of 'Endangering The Lives Of Black Women' After Controversial Domestic Violence Comments

Just days after the announcement of Columbus Short’s dismissal from ABC’s hit series, “Scandal,” comedian D.L. Hughley has landed himself in hot water for recent comments he made regarding Short's ongoing marital woes with estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short .<p>During a recent segment on his Radio One …

Friends Don’t Let Friends Wear Blackface Even If You Have Slept With Two Black Women

A New York City shock-performance “artist” recently got a lesson in “Black Face Isn’t Ok 101″. Rush Aaron Hicks is a frequent performer at the Slipper Room in New York City. His show typically mixes body modification, burlesque and extreme tricks like swallowing swords. Over the weekend, Hicks …

Black Mothers Are the Worst?

If Google predicts its auto-completed search terms based on their popularity with users, one has to wonder just what exactly black mothers have done to the world.<p>When you Google the phrase "Black mothers are..." the first autopopulated result is "...the worst," followed by "...abusive," and then …

Between Ratchet And Bougie: Black Creatives Discuss The State Of Black Women On TV (VIDEO)

The conversation about the images of black women on television is one that is on-going. Not too long ago, Essence magazine released a study where respondents overwhelming agreed that the images of black women in media only "scratch the surface" and there is an "invisible middle" between the …

The Real Problem With SNL and Casting Black Women

It's not that black women aren't ready for Saturday Night Live. With its limited, stereotype-reinforcing roles, SNL doesn't seem ready for them.<p>An <i>Essence</i> survey published last month revealed what many black women already know: Pop culture doesn’t depict them accurately. The ones polled by the …

Video Shines Light On The 'Disturbing Emotional Toll' Of Being Black At UCLA Law School

In an emotional video released earlier this week, students at the UCLA School of Law gathered to share their stories of being among the few black students on campus as part of an awareness campaign simply titled "33."<p>According to the video, out of roughly 1,100 students, 33 of them are black, …

The Commuting Penalty of Being Poor and Black in Chicago

Black Girl Problems

Black women come in a variety and with a presence that is unmatched. Yet in all our splendor there are a few specific race challenges, known as black …