“The Help” Reflects the Racial Divide, Then and Now

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Sharon Kyle: In a culture where “whiteness” is rarely mentioned and hardly ever critically examined it is not surprising that the women in my church saw the story as heartwarming and uplifting. I, on the other hand, saw this as just another story of the black experience as viewed through the white lens.

Black Women Jobless Rate

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Carl Bloice: Unemployment is up. Joblessness has increased for African Americans. Black women are being hit especially hard. The question now is whether the people running the country really care? And if they do, why are they avoiding the subject?

Beware of the Racial Demagoguery

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Carl Bloice: With public opinion across the political spectrum clearly opposed to slashing the healthcare and retirement programs, any negotiated settlement would be undemocratic.

To Be Atheist, Feminist, and Black

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Sikivu Hutchinson: Sadly, there is still a fair amount of ignorance and bigotry toward black non-believers in African American communities due to the stereotype that atheists are immoral, rudderless, and not authentically black.

Womanist and Saying Who We Are

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Rev. Irene Monroe: The secular use of “womanist” is by African-American women who have either left the Black Church because of its gender bias and homophobia, or who do not come from the Black Church religious experience. These women use the term to identify a culturally specific form of women-centered politics and theory.

Black America Still Sees AIDS as a Gay Disease

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Irene Monroe: If black America were its own country, standing on its own like Haiti or Nigeria, black Americans would rate 16th with the epidemic in the world. And the epidemic is heavily concentrated in urban enclaves like Detroit, New York, Newark, Washington, D.C and the Deep South.

Blacks and The N-Word

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Rev. Irene Monroe: But, our culture’s present-day cavalier use of the n-word speaks less about our rights to free speech and more about how we as Americans — both White and Black — have become anesthetized to the damaging and destructive use of this epithet.

Promoting Positive Body Images

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K. Danielle Edwards: By the time I’d reached high school, no longer chunky, I’d developed a fat phobia that resulted in all sorts of unhealthy behaviors. I skipped meals, counted calories, restricted my diet, filled up on water, and did cardio most days of the week. I got into single-digit clothes sizes and seriously challenged my genetic predisposition toward curves and muscle. My practices probably resulted in me depriving myself of an extra inch of height

Gay Community Loses Black Civil Rights Ally Dorothy Height

Rev. Irene Monroe: As president for forty years (1957- 1997) of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), an organization with the objective of advancing opportunities and the quality of life for African American women, their families, and communities with programs on issues like voting rights, poverty and, in later years, AIDS, Height understood that black families and communities could neither be whole nor healthy without championing gay civil rights for its LGBTQ community.

Are Black Women Too Hard?

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K. Danielle Edwards: If you’re a black woman, those odds are you’ve heard some incarnation before of this statement: “Black women are too hard, too tough, too difficult.” It may have been part of the lead-in to the punch line of a joke. It might have been words shouted out in anger with an ex. It could have been the “company line” mindlessly uttered by black men who choose not to date black women.

Friday Feedback: Planned Parenthood Not Evil Genocidal Racists

The distortions about Planned Parenthood are meant to paint them as evil genocidal racists. Nothing could be further from the truth. The dedicated people at Planned Parenthood provide our schools with curriculum and materials to teach youth how to prevent pregnancy and disease transmission, they provide low cost and free women’s health exams including cancer screening, and they provide access to birth control and counseling.

Black Community’s Division on Abortion Ad Campaign

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Rev. Irene Monroe: While many black pro-lifers believe that the way to maintain the institution of the black family and to overcome white supremacy is by denying women their right to choose, these same anti-abortionists ironically are also anti-gay, anti-birth control, and anti-condoms, ignoring that homophobic vitriol, STDs and HIV/AIDS will kill the black family sooner than white supremacists anti-black conspiracy theories.

Please Remember My Sisters This Month

The Washington data is really a microcosm of what we already know: that AIDS in America today is a black disease,” said Phil Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute, an HIV/AIDS think tank that focuses exclusively on AIDS among black Americans.

What About Michelle’s First Hundred Days?

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While the mixed assessments of President Barack Obama’s first hundred days pour in, Michelle Obama has maintained a near-flawless record of behavior and pushed campaign questions about her equanimity into obscurity. In the process, she has managed to accomplish The First Lady Ideal: pleasing most of the people most of the time. She has done [...]

Woman to Woman: We Need to Cut This Sh*t Out!

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For my Baldwin Hills folks…yesterday on Santa Rosalia (say it with me ABC 7 morning news anchor Phillip Palmer Ros-a-lee-a not Ro-sal-ee-a) and Buckingham, uh huh, right on the edge of what used to be Marlton Square, a 15-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a woman in a wheelchair after fighting…over a man. Sidenote: [...]

Diddy’s Dumb Deed

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ias Against Dark-Skinned Women within the Black Community, also known as “colorism” has reared it’s ugly head again. There’s been another attack on Black Women by one of our own! Diddy‘s CIROC Vodka sent out a cattle call looking for and I quote, “White, Hispanic and Light-skinned African American” women to represent his vodka. By [...]

Irish and Black Americans: Have the Parallel Lines Finally Met?

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Irish immigration to America discrimination On this St. Patrick’s Day, with a black president in the White House, it is interesting – and maybe even somewhat inspiring – to look back on the way the Irish-American and African-American stories have coursed through our history on parallel lines, each struggling against terrific prejudices and slanders. In [...]

This Era of Black Women and HIV/AIDS

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December 1 is World AIDS Day and Black women are dying of AIDS. Is anyone doing anything about it? Right here in the nation’s capitol, the HIV/AIDS epidemic rivals that of many Third World countries. Affectionately dubbed the “Chocolate City,” Washington D.C.’s population is approximately 60 percent people of African descent. Of its residents, one [...]

The Era of Obama and Us

With the election of Obama as president, comes the dawning of a new era of our making. On Election Day, my 7-year-old daughter took care to cross out the names of the “already voted” on our list and left doorhangers at each empty house as we walked door-to-door turning out the vote. When I was [...]

RE: By Dissing Palin, Oprah Hurts Obama

by Rev. Irene Monroe – In the past, Oprah has had presidential hopefuls on her show, for example, Al Gore and George Bush during their 2000 bid. By having both candidates on her show, Oprah not only appeared bipartisan but also catered to her audience comprised of both Bush Republicans and Gore Democrats.

Covenant Medical Center Serves Central L.A.

by Dolores Nehemiah — Every now and then we hear of the discovery of treasures of varied kinds. However, recently a group of Community Friends joined together to expose a well-kept secret right in the middle of our hood. It is a treasure hidden in plain sight at 6109 So. Crenshaw Blvd. African American women [...]

A Fleeting Moment of Democracy for California’s Same-Sex Couples

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In contrast to earlier times, our state now recognizes that an individual’s capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly to care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual’s sexual orientation, and, more generally, that an individual’s sexual orientation — like a person’s race or gender [...]

Black Media Fails Its LBGTQ Community

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By now many in the LGBTQ community have heard of the news about the cop beat down of Duanna Johnson in a Memphis jailhouse that was captured on a surveillance video. Those of us especially of African descent, who don’t know or haven’t seen a photo of Johnson, might pick up on a cultural marker [...]

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