VIDEO: Nicki Minaj's American Music Awards Performance


Nicki Minaj got her pop star on at last night’s American Music Awards, kicking off the show with “Turn Me On” and Super Bass” with David Guetta.

This was a big look for Nicki, who’s star has steadily risen since she burst onto the scene last year. I think it’s safe to say Ms. Minaj is officially a superstar. She even beat out Kanye and Lil Wayne for the best Rap/Hip Hop artist award.

Check out Nicki’s performance below:

Weekly News Round-Up: Nov 14-20

San Francisco’s Homeless Black Youth Invisible
Peter Schurmann, New American Media, 11/14/11


African-American Boys Master the Game of Chess
Naeesa Aziz, Bet News, 11/14/11


Meeting to end gang violence
Jill Drury, WDTn News, 11/15/11


Guiding Local Youth Away from a Life of Crime
Jennifer Van Der Kleut, Milpitas Patch, 11/16/11


School in anti-violence plan
Paul John Coulter, Green Nock Telegraph News, 11/16/11


Three African American Boys Become Chess Masters
Noelle de la Paz, Color Lines, 11/17/11


When America turns its back on Black boys
Dr. J, Singleblackmale, Florida Courier , 11/17/11


Local club aims to get girls involved in science
Joe Kavanaugh , The Rapid Journal, 11/19/11

Rihanna's TALK THAT TALK is the emptiest, shallowest & BEST Pop Album of the Year

Rihanna is the perfect pop star.

Her new album Talk That Talk sports everything from hard-hitting, dancefloor euphoria to slow-burning, guitar-driven power balladry. She’s everything to everyone; an essential quality for a pop star.

Of course, she also embodies the cynical, misleading nature of mainstream pop, major label creations: keep the music formulaic and familiar, while radically altering the artist’s image and appearance with each album cycle. She’s Madonna without the substance or autonomy. Janet Jackson without any sonic or thematic risks.

And yet she’s unstoppable.

Nikky Finney, the 61st National Book of Poetry Award Winner "Honoree," Taught me how to "Honor" when she "Honored" Toni


I want to join the chorus of the many in honoring Nikky Finney for being awarded the National Book Award for Poetry. Her written words and the recounting of her words in her own voice are amazing. And, I use the term amazing not in the typical ways in which we use it to objectify some thing or someone, but amazing in the flesh and blood sense of the word. I must say I had the privilege to know of her as a student at Spelman College. I use the phrasing “to know of her” because it allows me to say I know her without transgressing the intimate boundaries of knowing her as sister-friend on the couch knowing or as cousin twice-removed knowing. Yes, I know of her.

Many years ago at Spelman College I was privy to be within earshot of her words. Privy, not privileged not blessed, but privy denoting the sharing of some secret knowledge to describe my somewhat commanded and providential attendance at Spelman’s Annual Toni Cade Bambara Writers Activist Collective Conference where Nikky Finny with the care of a well-seasoned mid wife delivered words in honor of Toni. Toni? Toni? At the time I did not know who Toni was beyond the 1990s R&B songstress. I knew only that the future old woman of my heart commanded (as she so often does to this day) my attendance and so I sat next to her (i.e. old woman of my heart) completely impervious to what was about to unfold. Yes, unfold like removing sheets from the dryer only to find tucked within the fitted sheet the sock you thought was lost.

CDC Report: Blacks Hit w/ STDs at Higher Rate Than Whites

According to a new report from the CDC, Black people (particularly young Black people) and Hispanics contract sexually transmitted diseases at a much higher rate than whites.

While America is plagued by STDs at an alarming rate in general (19 million people, to be specific), Black people are grossly overrepresented in these statistics.

Young Black men are particularly at risk, dominating data related to syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Socioeconomic disadvantages like financial constraints and an inability to access adequate health care are likely to blame.

From The Root:

On the Job While You Chill: The Profit of Oppresion

Let’s talk about empathy. Why? Because intersectionality–this concept that all isms have the same perpetrator and depend upon each other to oppress various groups/identities–never struck me hard until i thought critically about this erroneous course in sexuality I’m taking. Granted, I disagree with most of my professor’s outdated perspectives, i still give partial credence to my professor for making me play the opposition (perceive my position as a member of an oppressive group, men). Having to defend the intentions of masculinity, and thereby seriously embodying an emblem of manhood, brought me to a more intimate proximity with the grievances of a womyn’s experience. The final acknowledgement of subversive interactions with womyn, that rarely is the object of contemplation, strengthened my advocacy for an intersected approach to deconstructing an exploitative system.