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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 [...]

Lupe Fiasco’s “All Black Everything.”

Got to love this song. Well no, you don’t GOT to…but at least appreciate what Lupe is trying to do in a genre where conscious rap–while it surely isn’t dead its constant balancing act between sellability and socio-political responsibility often make it a less-than-profitable venture record labels usually shy away from.

Lupe evidently aware [...]

Know Your History: Willie Dynamite.

"I hear there's some empty corners on Sesame Street. Let's go case the joint."

William Andrew Short was born in New York City in 1953, but by 1974 he was known as Willie Dynamite, a driven, heartless pimp determined to be #1 on the scene. He was well on his way until his operation [...]

Know Your History: Stripe and The Gremlins.

The horror comedy Gremlins was released in 1984 to mixed reviews and allegations of racism from the black community. Per Wikipedia, “Patricia Turner writes that the gremlins “reflect negative African-American stereotypes” in their dress and behavior. They are shown “devouring fried chicken with their hands”, listening to black music, breakdancing, and wearing [...]

Know Your History: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

Look at Animal's pupils. He was totally high here.

Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem were an interracial rock n’ roll band that broke racial barriers, headed by Dr. Teeth who was born of a black mother and green father. Originally, the band was known for its edgy, raunchy lyrics; banned in the UK, [...]

Your Nappy Ass Roots: Zack Taylor, Power Ranger.

Zack Taylor was the first African American Power Ranger and the only black fighter in the original founding five. A confident opponent, Zack also enjoyed playing sports and dancing, “especially to a fresh beat bumping out his homeboy’s boombox” (per Wikipedia). He enjoyed dancing so much, in fact, that he often [...]

Your Nappy Ass Roots: Gary Coleman.

Actor Gary Coleman was born February 8, 1968, in Zion, IL. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted by a man named Kensuke Miyagi, an elderly gardener and karate master. Together, they developed a new form of martial arts called knee-fu, a style of fighting built around the disabling of an [...]