Guest Post: “An Open Letter to Nelly”

Dear Nelly,

At the urging of others, I am taking a hesitant trip down memory lane. I was a 19 year old junior and president of the feminist group at Spelman College when you decided to hold a bone marrow registration drive on our campus on behalf of your sister, who needed a transplant. Your now-infamous video “Tip Drill” had started airing on shows like BET’s Uncut. It features, most memorably, a scene where you slide a credit card down the crack of a black woman’s butt. My group raised questions about the misogynoir in the video and lyrics, and when we heard that you were invited to campus by our Student Government Association, it seemed fair to us that we could ask you about the dehumanizing treatment of black women while you were asking us for our help.

Marissa Alexander bail hearing set for today


A bail hearing set for a woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot over her abusing husband’s head will take place today. Marissa Alexander’s much publicized case was brought to the forefront in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Alexander originally sought stand your ground immunity, but was denied protection. Her sentence was recently overturned by a judge after he found errors in the original trial. 

Why the black man will never tell you he wants commitment


The long-held belief that black women are starved creatures who continue to be overlooked when it comes to love is sickening. It doesn’t matter if they are successful or average, pretty or standard, the idea that women are just sitting around waiting to be selected by a man who has his pick of the litter is the universal presentation that we see when it comes to African American relationships. In just about all aspects of life this philosophy is present. Like the time that ABC Nightline featured a report on why so many successful black women were single. Or the many movies that reinforce the notion that black women are either desperate for a relationship and are the last choice for a life long partner.

#Stopblackgirls2013: the latest offensive hashtag demeaning black women


One of the many photos tweeted under the #StopBlackGirls2013 hashtag.



The internet has erupted with a new hashtag “dedicated” the black girls and women. The problem is that it is incredibly racist and offensive.

#StopBlackGirls2013 polluted Twitter this week with various photos comparing black women to anything from gorillas to farm animals.

From Hello Beautiful:

 Black girls weren’t the only victims of this racist hashtag as others targeting Mexican girls, Indian girls and more popped up during the frenzy, but it was the #StopBlackGirls2013 hashtag that had the longer shelf life.At first, it skyrocketed to the number five trending topic and within 20 minutes, it was second.

Ursula Burns, Rosalind Brewer, Shonda Rhimes listed among ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’


Ursula Burns made history when she became the first black female Fortune 500 CEO of Xerox.


Fortune’s list of the “50 Most Powerful Women in Business” has been released. As we may expect, there aren’t a lot of women of color on the list, but three made the cut.

CEO & Chairman of Xerox Ursula Burns, Sam’s Club CEO & President Rosalind Brewer and Creator and Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes of the hit television series Scandal Grey’s Anatomy  made the list.

From The Grio:

Burns ranked 13 on the list, Brewer came in at 15 and Rhimes made the list at No. 50. Their net worth or salary information was not provided. The publication also recently released their list of the 50 most powerful international women, which did not feature any black women.

Video: RYSE Center students dedicate video to Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and other slain youth


A group of young artists from Richmond, Ca. are speaking out about the impact that the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Israel Hernandez and others whose lives were tragically cut short.

Tired of being ignored, silenced, judged and criminalized, these youth decided to voice their thoughts on how they are viewed and treated in society. The young artists demonstrated courage to speak their minds, making the world see them for who they really are and not a stereotype.

SNL’s Kenan Thompson blame black women for lack of cast diversity


Saturday Night Live, the longest running network show in the country, recently announced new members of its cast. Shockingly (not really), there are no black women cast members.

Not one. This marks the sixth year since a black woman (Maya Rudolph) has been on the show. Why? Is Creator/Producer Lorne Michaels to blame? No says SNL cast member Kenan Thomson.

Thompson says the show’s lack of diversity is due to the lack of quality black female comedians.

Teen who grew up homeless thrives at Ivy League school


Eboni Boykin spent her life living in homeless shelters. Sometimes she even slept in cars with her mother and younger siblings.

Despite bouncing around several schools for most of her educational career, Boykin now has a place to call home.

The sophomore attends Columbia University in New York; one of the nation’s top Ivy League institutions.