Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Black Girls at North Carolina School Barred From Wearing Head wraps, Protest Held


A protest was held at the School for Creative Studies in Durham, North Carolina after students from the group Young Women of Excellence were reportedly barred from wearing traditional African head wraps in honor of Black History Month.

According to The Root, the group was told by administrators they were in violation of the school's dress code and may face suspension. They were given the option of wearing the head wraps, or geles, in a way that would make their hair visible or remove them completely.

The dress code policy deems “hats, caps, hoods, sweat bands and bandannas or other head wear worn inside [the] school building" as unacceptable. However, in my opinion (and as one parent states), a head wrap is part of a cultural tradition, and should be given more consideration than a baseball cap or a hoodie.
“It says to me symbolically that our girls—and our boys, as well—have to alter not only their attire but their whole selves in order to seem less disruptive or offensive,” said Dosali Reed-Bandele. Her daughter Nandi, an 11th-grader at the school, was among those admonished. “This is utterly ridiculous, and I am tired of those messages bombarding our babies day in and day out.”

You'd think the school, particularly one with words "creative studies" in its title, would exercise a little more sensitivity when it came to their students' self-expression, especially when the students are doing to pay homage to their own history.

Parents held a mass demonstration Monday, wearing head wraps and singing and chanting in protest. The school responded by saying it allowed the group to wear geles as an instructional tool Monday--which sounds more than a little like placating them--but in a statement, said it's currently reviewing and suggesting revisions to its Code of Student Conduct. Watch ABC 11's report HERE.

Monday, February 8, 2016

WATCH: Beyonce's New "Formation" Video

Good morning. Queen Bey has returned to snatch your peasant wigs and give life to the thirsty. Get into the "Formation" video and gag below:).

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Food for Thought: Jussie Smollett

"I am a gay man with an extremely open heart. God, I’ve never had to talk about this, so I’m trying to find the words. If I had to label myself, I would label myself as a gay man. With that said, I believe that love is the only thing that matters, and I would hope that anybody would leave themselves open—not to gender, but to love. I would hope that people would not close themselves off from what could be if, lo and behold, you meet somebody that just sweeps you off your feet, and you just can’t do anything about it. If we truly believe that we are born this way, then why do we try to stifle the way we were born? If I fall in love down the road with a woman, I’m going to love that woman ...

... But this is a conversation that deserves to be had, because we don’t all understand each other. You’re not going to tell me that loving someone is wrong. That does not mean that heterosexuality is not very real. It does not mean that bisexuality is not very real. It does not mean that homosexuality is not very real. They are all very real. But what I’m saying is, I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I am a gay man. I don’t know how many times I have to say that."

Read Smollett's full interview with Out magazine HERE.

Reading Rainbow

Take a minute today and check out The Advocate's list of 21 LGBT picture books every kid should read, which includes the book above as well as And Tango Makes Three and King and King.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Food For Thought: Martin Luther King Jr.

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

Monday Man Candy

Via Sexy Ass Black Men

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday, January 9, 2016

'Hunger Games' Star Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Bisexual

"Hunger Games" star, cultural advocate and all around girl on fire (ah, see what I did there?:) Amandla Stenberg has come out as bisexual. The 17-year-old actress came out and spoke about the importance of representation in the media. Read her full message (you can watch it on her Teen Vogue Snapchat HERE) after the jump...

WATCH: Trailer for 'The Get Down Sizzle'

Netflix's upcoming series about 1970's NYC looks like it'll be good one. Check out the trailer below.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Kanye West Drops Surprise Track, Disses Bill Cosby

Two days into 2016 and already Yeezy's stirring shit up. On New Year's Eve, Kanye dropped a new single "Facts" a three-minute, thirty-one second pop cultural barrage that references and/or takes shots at Nike (I know they denied 'Ye an outlet for his Yeezy sneakers, but let it go Mr. West. High class problems--but I digress) Steve Harvey and Cosby.

"Yeah, we made a million a minute/ we made a million a minute/ Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby?/ Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey?" he raps. West also threw a little shade at Drake and Future's hit "Jumpman" with the lines "Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy just jumped over Jumpman."

"Facts" isn't my favorite Kanye track, but hopefully he'll remedy that by rolling out a full album this year. Take a listen HERE.

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