Protection or Invasion of Privacy? Parents and the Social Media Age

Social media has taken over the modern day teenager’s life. This pervasive adoption of technology has heightened the level of Internet protection education, but also the awareness that parents need to be involved with their child’s digital behavior. While parents have every right to be involved in the multifaceted lives of their teens, where does this line of privacy be drawn?

Ciara responds to online criticism with blog post


We all know that social media can provide a bit of “courage” for those who wish to voice their opinions. It is a safe haven, where revealing one’s identity is optional and the stroke of keys unlimited. Trolls can be downright mean when expressing thoughts about people, places and things, and celebrities and other public figures are hit hard. 

R&B entertainer Ciara took to her personal blog to voice her frustrations with cyber bullies. 

Video of Sharkeisha assaulting innocent bystander leads to arrest of viral sensation


A brutal clip of a 17-year-old girl getting beat by a schoolmate has led to the assailant’s arrest. ShaMichael Manuel was struck in the face by her schoolmate only known as Sharkeisha during a conversation last month.

The video,  like most clips depicting young people of color engaging in acts of violence, appeared on the popular website World Star Hip Hop. 

Sharkeisha has been taken into custody regarding the incident.

Cleveland Hero/Internet Sensation Charles Ramsey: Are We Laughing w/ Him or At Him?

Cleveland resident Charles Ramsey has been catapulted into the spotlight after rescuing 27 year-old kidnapping victim Amanda Berry from his neighbor’s house; leading to the rescue of Gina Dejesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter.

It’s an incredibly shocking story. Berry disappeared in 2003, DeJesus in 2004, and Knight in 2002. Three brothers, Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, Onil Castro, 50 have all been arrested for the kidnapping. The horrific details of the experiences of their captives will certainly come out in the coming weeks.

But for now, the focus has been on Ramsey, whose animated and rather hilarious post-rescue interviews have made him a internet sensation, in the vein of Antione Dodson and Sweet Brown.

But are we laughing with him or at him?

San Diego Students Suspended, Banned from Graduation and Prom Over Twerk Video

A group of students at Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego have been suspended, banned from prom, and will not walk at graduation after participating in a twerk video that found its way onto the internet.

Thirty-two dancers participated in the video, allegedly unaware that it would be semi-professionally edited with music, and posted on YouTube. The filmmakers used school equipment and filmed the video outside of their media classroom.

Many of the affected students and their classmates are outraged by the harsh punishments, and hope to have their privileges reinstated at an upcoming hearing. A Crowdfunding Site for Black Entrepreneurs

William Cunningham has created, a site where black entrepreneurs can raise money from the public to start businesses.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Cunningham explains how he sees his site as an extension of the African American tradition of  “passing the hat;” and how crowdfunding allows black entrepreneurs to bypass traditional channels like bank loans and venture capital.

The site posts an incredible variety of products and start-ups. Some of the popular initiatives currently on the site include a community garden, a travel agency, and a collection of black pride t-shirts.