No Shame Day.


Black people don’t go to therapy. We go to church. Right?

That’s one of the lines of thought that National Minority Mental Health Awareness is fighting against. Every July, mental health orgs ramp up efforts to overcome the stigma of asking for help with mental and emotional issues in the black community. [...]

For Your Consideration: Ola Ray’s ‘Remember.’


Remember Ola Ray, the pretty brown girl from Michael Jackson’s crazy famous ‘Thriller’ video? Well, she’s not as brown anymore — and she’s apparently lost her damn mind. [...]

‘You Can Touch My Hair,’ But Why?

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This makes about as much sense to me as standing outside with a sign that says “You Can Slap My Ass” in order to spark a conversation about street harassment. [...]

Blogging The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 5, Episode 19: Battle of the Booty

It’s been a minute since we’ve recapped the Real Housewives of Atlanta! Let’s get everyone up to speed:

Kenya is still crazy Kandi is still the most level-headed on the cast Nene is still talking about how successful she is Porsha is still using made up words Cynthia’s weave game is still suspect Phaedra [...]

What’s In a Name? Kind of a Lot.


Refusing to learn how to pronounce Quvenzhané’s name says, pointedly, you are not worth the effort. The problem is not that she has an unpronounceable name, because she doesn’t. The problem is that white Hollywood, from Ryan Seacrest and his homies to the AP reporter who decided to call her “Annie” rather than her real name, doesn’t deem her as important as, say, Renee Zellwegger, or Zach Galifinakis, or Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have names that are difficult to pronounce–but they manage. [...]

White History Classes.


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Between Mr. Gaines from A Different World passing away and me losing my BBQ sunflower seeds, this Black History Month was on a fast track to becoming one of the saddest in history. Until, that is, Twitter banded together, shed their shrouds of indifference, made some hot, sweet, sticky, [...]

Know Your History: Christie, the First Black Barbie Doll.


Harambee, brothers and sisters in struggle! With the blessing of another year comes another chance to celebrate our nappy ass roots and search the forgotten annals of black history. For the last few years, we’ve been bringing you the wildly informative and 100% true and accurate* series Know Your History, wherein we tell you the [...]

Blogging The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Season 5. Episode 13: Make An Ass Out of a Donkey.


Dearly beloved: we are gathered here today to try and figure out exactly WTF is wrong with Kenya.