Dating, Children, And Black Culture.

The latest entry in Gawker’s series on interracial dating is the most interesting one, as it grapples clearly with one facet of interracial dating: Family. And specifically, starting a new one. [...]

‘I Had Begun to Enjoy The Seduction of Inadequacy.’

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Lupita Nyong’o's speech at ESSENCE’s Black Women In Hollywood Lunch this weekend was incredibly moving. [...]

Side-Eyeing Your Alma Mater, Ctd.

Yes, HBCUs can do a better job of alumni outreach and customer service for their students. But that alone isn’t going to ameliorate the problems of history. [...]

Spike Rages Against Gentrifiers (That He Prolly Helped Lure).

 

A photo from Fort Greene’s Renaissance: Spike Lee, Vernon Reed, Reginald Hudlin, and Lorna Simpson were all part of the creative class that almost certainly helped gentrify Fort Greene.

Last night at Pratt Institute, some poor dude asked Spike Lee if he might see “the other side” — that is, the good side [...]

Gentrified.

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I told him that I resented it. That I wasn’t even from D.C. and it still got on my nerves. That the people who had endured the crack heads and the crack-related shootings and the crack smoking mayor wouldn’t be the ones to enjoy the spiffed up buildings and the patio brunch specials. That the freshmen at Howard would probably be more inclined to get money than get involved on campus, because Froyo aint cheap and neither are those bright red Capital Bike Share bikes. And this, I said, and that, I said, and don’t forget about the other thing, I said — just like I had the night before, standing in the exact same spot, with a different homie, off a different kind of Jack. [...]

Did Justin Bieber Set White People Back?

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The premise is easy to understand. Individual people of color—and especially women—can’t make mistakes without it saying something about their class. [...]

Are There Any Worthwhile Arguments Against Sagging?

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A Facebook friend of mine whom I don’t know at all posted this image. I couldn’t let it slide without saying something – partially for fear that if I didn’t say something, no one in his circle would. [...]

The Boy Is Mine.

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“What do we have here?” the first one said in that high-pitched ‘it’s a baby!!!’ voice. “Is he yours?” [...]