Sistas n’ the Hood

Sistas n’ the Hood Written by: J. Stokes –February 7, 2017 Super Bowl 51 was quite a show. The New England Patriots managed a historic comeback against the Atlanta Falcons, with Tom Brady, New England’s quarterback, winning his fifth Super Bowl ring, the most of any quarterback in NFL history. Lady Gaga’s halftime performance also…

No Homo

No Homo Written by: J. Stokes –January 31, 2017 The U.S. is constantly changing with each new year. As of January 20th this country has concluded a historic presidency, with Barack Hussein Obama being the first Black individual to ever occupy the White House. Moreover, marijuana, deemed a Schedule I drug, has been legalized in…

Mob against the Hijab

Mob against the Hijab Written by: J. Stokes – January 31, 2017 If you’ve been following news reports lately, whether through television, the internet, or social media, chances are you’ve come across images of people gathered in large groups at airports around the U.S. protesting what some consider President Donald J. Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” Last…

We’ve got Good News!

We’ve got Good News! Written by: J. Stokes – January 24, 2017 We’d like to begin today’s post with a blast from the past. If you can remember, last year the music world lost Prince Rogers Nelson, an iconic artist known for making hit songs such as “Purple Rain” and “1999.” Some have even considered…

Are you playing, or being Played?

Are you playing, or being Played? Written by: J. Stokes – January 17, 2017 For years there has been talk of the negative impacts that certain video games can have on gamers. Of course there’s the whole “video games cause violent behaviors” debate, in which some strongly assert there is a link between violent video…

Haircare, Black Where?

Haircare, Black Where? Written by: J. Stokes – December 20, 2016 At the beginning of this week we came across a video posted via YouTube by scholar, social commentator, and creator of The Black Business School, Dr. Boyce Watkins, in which he expressed his concerns about Black women and their spending habits regarding hair and…

Take back your Roots

Take back your Roots Written by: J. Stokes – December 13, 2016 Just last week a video surfaced, via social media, showing Atlanta-based hip-hop artist Young Thug having a verbal altercation with two Black female Alaska Airline employees. In this video, he referred to these women as “peasants” and “ants,” and offered them $15,000 to quit their jobs. This situation…

Santa Claus is comin’ to Frown

 Santa Claus is comin’ to Frown Written by: J. Stokes – December 6, 2016 The year 2016 has been filled with many hardships, ranging from controversial police shootings to acts of terrorism on U.S soil. It doesn’t help that iconic musicians like Prince and Maurice White of Earth, Wind, and Fire as well as various…

Is my résumé White enough? – An Asian’s Plight

Is my résumé  White enough? – An Asian’s Plight Written by: J. Stokes – November 29, 2016 America is a self-proclaimed melting pot, accepting of various cultures, religions, practices, etc. Many seek to inhabit the U.S. from outside countries, due to ideas of prosperity and freedom. Just last year, 2015, a total of 730,259 people…

Black Women are Aggressive!

Black Women are Aggressive! Written by: J. Stokes – November 22, 2016 You saw the title of this blog post, and then what? You instantly clicked to read, figuring you’d see the latest stereotypical rant about Black women being angry, unreasonable, and emasculating, right? Well, we hate to burst your bubble, but it’s not that…

Oreo meets Editorial

“I’ll be blunt, nobody wants to teach black kids,” asserts Shane, a teacher at a New York school named Bushwick, in an interview for Gothamist. This assertion doesn’t come as a surprise, especially when one considers the negative labels often associated with black students. There are countless articles documenting poor behaviors and low achievement regarding…

Represent, Represent!

“If you heard on the news…’young black male,’ you’re not gonna’ think anything positive.” This quote, taken from a 1994 performance art event entitled “The Roof is on Fire”, was recounted in David J. Knight’s Beyond the Stereotypical Image of Young Men of Color, a brief article posted in The Atlantic earlier this year. In…