And They Wonder Why Feminism Exists

Throughout my years of watching sports, I’ve witnessed men fight on the field, harass referees/umpires, slur officials, and even throw balls across the court when they disagree with a call, but when a woman, who is just as passionate about her athletic craft as a man, merely says to an umpire “You stole a point from me, and you are a thief,” she is penalized and as a result, loses a game…. Read More

CELEBRATING THE AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN

By Felicia Simpson This article was first posted on www.feliciatsimpson.com Since the beginning of time, black women have helped to contribute to the growth and evolution of the world. Often minimized, our influence can’t be denied. From Dahomey warrior women who fought to defend their villages to abolitionists like Sojourner Truth who fought to defend their freedom; black women have demonstrated their ability to rise in the face of adversity. Our talents… Read More

A Picturesque Exaltation

Climbing what used to be the confederate monument at the entrance of City Park in New Orleans, LA was more than just for a photo opportunity.  It was a silent monologue that portrayed a snippet of the black woman’s struggle, the adversity we often face, and then….the exaltation we most definitely deserve.  This picture goes beyond a black girl wearing all white while perched on a monument in the middle of a… Read More

Do White Folks Hate Black Folks’ Hair?

Feelings, crown, soul, and pride are all words  synonymous with hair for black Folks. Many of Our emotions, experiences, and expressions are intertwined within the embodiment of our hair. This sentiment was eloquently sang by Solange in the song “Don’t Touch My Hair.” India Arie boldly details in the song “I Am Not My Hair” that her hair is not totally indicative of who she is even though her hair is an… Read More

Calling All Teachers!

Alumni Matter

“We just don’t want to be shut out…” For a second time, I’ve had an opportunity to see a New Orleans school established post-Katrina initiate steps to establish a relationship with the alumni community of the school that previously held the space it now occupies. But this time was different. Perhaps this was because John McDonogh Sr. High School hasn’t necessarily received the best local/national media attention nor adequate resources from the… Read More

Chef Stew Helps Youth Transition to the Next Level

  Baltimore, Maryland native Robert Stewart, known as Chef Stew, wants to empower youth through the culinary arts.  He remembers the struggles he faced on the path to becoming a celebrity chef and he wants to use his talent to show young people that cooking can help them transition into a sustainable career. How did culinary arts become your career? To be completely honest, I was kind of forced into the culinary… Read More

Five Reasons why HBCUs are Life

By Samjah Saulsberry As a kid, The Cosby Show used to be my addiction.  Each week, I anticipated seeing that family on TV who resembled my family and other families I knew.  I was in awe of the storylines, Denise Huxtable’s fashion choices, and the positive perception the show exuded.  I remember my mother scolding me about something, and I bravely stood up and said to her, “Clair Huxtable wouldn’t talk to her children… Read More

Where to draw the line for our children

The first time I visited Mexico, I crossed the border from El Paso. As I walked through El Paso, the city felt like many U.S. cities, with a number of concrete high-rise buildings and small green trees lining the sidewalks.  A few of the buildings were prominently labeled with the names of popular banks and investment companies. As I walked closer to the border, the tenor of the street began to change…. Read More

The Presidential Bully, but who cares?

As I sit here looking out of the window of my 6th floor hotel room, I am constantly reminded that God has to have the biggest sense of humor. Why? …Because he allowed Donald J. Trump to take the office of the Presidency. My reminder comes in the form of a 64 story golden glass tower called the Trump International Hotel Las Vegas. Now before I decided to write about the 45… Read More