Colorism: Light vs. Dark

The Brown Paper Bag Test. Are you familiar with it? It is a discriminatory method that was designed with the mere purpose of segregating African American individuals based solely on their skin complexion. If your skin tone was lighter than the paper bag, it was presumed you were more attractive. If you were darker than the paper bag, you were deemed unattractive. Although the idea of a bag determining what persons are appealing and good-looking is completely absurd, the notion is still present in today’s society. For instance, look at…

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What Does It Mean to Be Black? [Video]

Here’s a look at an upcoming segment on The Hype TV Show where a room full of African Americans (representing several generations) discuss what it means to be black. Take a look at the video and share your thoughts. The New season of The Hype begins this winter.

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Are We Reliving History?

Growing up in a country that has such a horrifying history of hate, how is one supposed to think? How should a mother raise her child knowing the world that we live in? With stories of Trayvon Martin, Renisha McBride, and Jonathan Ferrell, how is anyone supposed to feel safe walking the streets or approaching people? It has been 50 years since the Civil Rights Movement and black people, male and female, still have to be afraid of being killed unjustly. Knowing this, how is a mother supposed to teach…

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Will Flash Mobs Return this Summer?

In recent years, our fair city has had to battle tremendous crime issues, but few have been as scary as the teen flash mobs.  If you’ve lived in the city for more than five years, you know EXACTLY what I’m talking about.  For the benefit of people who don’t know, the flash mobs largely consisted of groups of black teens who planned used social media, texts, and other forms of communication to just show up in certain areas of town “and do whatever”!  Unfortunately, “whatever” usually included stealing, theft, and mayhem.  Yes, groups of people…

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Teen Boys Suit Up To Dismantle Stereotypes

We found this awesome video on Facebook of teens dressing up in suits and ties to dismantle the negative stereotypes of black males. Check out the description from the video page and watch the video below. This is very inspiring… “A Counter-Narrative on Black Male Students: At Central High School’s Black History Month Celebration, the Central and Centennial High School African-American Clubs released a joint video countering the negative images of young African-American males in the media. The students affirmed the following in a video highlighting the successes of young…

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