Lupita Nyong’o: “My One Prayer…Was That I would Wake Up Light Skinned”

Lupita-Nyong-o-EssenceLupita Nyong’o is certainly shining. The Oscar nominated actress and red carpet stunner has grabbed attention far and wide since her breakout role in 12 Years a Slave. But, at Essence’s Black Women in Hollywood luncheon, she admitted that she used to struggle with her physical appearance. So much so, she routinely prayed for her skin to become lighter overnight. This just goes to show that the evil seeds of colorism abound even for young women whom we would all deem extraordinarily gorgeous. [Read more…]

Queen Latifah Looks and Acts Like a Million Bucks

Queen-Latifah-Shining-GrammysWas I the only one who noticed how fabulous Queen Latifah looked at this year’s Grammy Awards which aired this past Sunday? Not only are her efforts to get in great shape apparent, she looked happy, radiant, and positively stunning in her floor length black glittery gown. And, as her appearance displays, she has been winning in the industry for quite some time now.

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The Whitehouse Hosts Student K-12 Film Festival on STEM

safe_imageAre you an aspiring filmmaker? Maybe you are just a budding academic who can appreciate cool things. In any case, the Whitehouse is hosting the first ever student film festival for K-12 students. Finalists could have their three-minute long videos screened at the Whitehouse and posted on the Whitehouse’s website. It’s a great opportunity for young people to make something that they can be proud of. [Read more…]

Good News: Pregnancy Among Black Teen Girls Declines

072512-health-teens-more-hip-to-safer-sex.jpgAccording to a recent study by the National Center for Health Statistics – of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – teen pregnancy rates for black girls has continued to fall. It reached an all time low in 2009. And, these lowering rates mean increased long-term health and economic growth for these young women. [Read more…]

Black Hair Battles: Little Girl Defends Her Hair Against Christian School

hair-expulsion-worth-campaignBlack women’s hair just keeps making news recently. Vanessa VanDyke, a young black girl in Orlando, Florida, was told by her school that she would be expelled if she didn’t change her “distracting” hairstyle. The only problem here is she wears her hair the way it grows from her scalp. She doesn’t try to make it distracting at all.

So, in essence, the school is requesting that she cut, chemically treat, or otherwise manipulate her hair with harmful products to make other students more comfortable. This seems both damaging to her self-worth and marginalizing at the same time. [Read more…]

Univ. of Alabama Jewish Sorority Elects First Black President

Patterson-university-alabama-water-cooler-convosRace relations in this country have become increasingly hot-button in recent years. And, our issues discussing and addressing race have, in some cases, left us behind the goalpost for racial equality. Fraternities and sororities are not insulated from these problems. On the bright side, one historically Jewish sorority, Sigma Delta Tau, at the University of Alabama recently overcame a racial barrier electing the first black woman as president of their organization. Hannah Patterson, 22-year-old engineering major, is definitely shining. [Read more…]