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Snapchat is Weird and This Bob Marley Filter is Daft

Sometimes, I feel all old and cantankerous, because even as a digital strategist, I’ve resisted Snapchat for a while. I signed on early on and never really liked it. It was like Google Wave (remember that?) for me. You get on Snapchat and post video or pics of moments in …

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BuzzFeed’s “Questions Black People Have For Other Black People” Video is Appalling

I like BuzzFeed, and lawd knows I’ve spent endless hours watching their videos on Facebook. But they are not strangers to controversy about their content, with accusations of plagiarism, or just plain old ignorance. They scrape content with the best of them sometimes. However, the company has redefined how we …

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It was Hella Onyx: The Blackest Black History Month Ever

The Blackest and best Black History Month ever ended yesterday and I am just reveling in it’s abundant noirness. Still. It was utterly lit. Like Olympic Torch lit. Like Christmas Lights when you do too much so you keep the neighbors up all night because your house is one giant …

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About Writing While Loving Blackness and Hurting White Feelings

Are you mad about this title? Keep reading. You’re probably the main one that needs to read this. It has been an interesting 5 days, since Beyonce dropped her Formation video and broke the internet. People (me included) have not been able to stop talking about it, and it has …

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Sounds Like James Franco is Columbussing Zola’s Story (UPDATE: Zola is Involved)

Remember the chaos-filled story that a stripped named Zola tweeted (read: Lessons from Zola’s Story: The Great Saga of Trapping and Mayhem)? Of course you do. The epic tale took us all by storm and the internet spent like a week talking about it, which by today’s standards is a long time …

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Frederick Douglass’ Hair on Google Welcomes You to Black History Month

I woke up this morning excited because I knew Google would change their doodle to commemorate the start of Black History Month. Last year, it was a graphic of Harriet Tubman holding a lantern, being a freedom queen. I dug it. But THIS year? They got Frederick Douglass front and …

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Chris Rock Shouldn’t Boycott the Oscars. I Wrote Some #OscarsSoWhite Jokes For Him

The pressure for Black celebrities to boycott the Oscars is here, yet Chris Rock was hired to host this year’s show. Even Tyrese threw his hat in the ring, publicly asking Chris to step down as host. Sir, were you even invited? Did you even get a ticket? How did you get here? …

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Dear Stacey Dash, Who Knew Clueless Was a Biopic?

I have chilled on writing ex-actress and current Faux News mouthpiece Stacey Dash a sternly-worded letter for years, as I verbally chin-checked Raven-Symone. So this is overdue. Besides, so many of y’all asked me to that I was afraid that if I didn’t, you might pitch a tent on my eLawn …

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About Flint’s Water Crisis, the Human Rights Debacle and the Poster of Lies

What is happening in Flint, Michigan right now is systemic genocide, and the victims are people of color and poor people. The city’s population is 60% Black and 42% of the residents live below the poverty line. They are being poisoned with lead-tainted water that is coming out of their faucets, …

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White Lady Dons Blackface for African Tribes. Because: Awareness

The year is fresh but what’s really old is well-meaning white people who do things that make my blood pressure rise. I know, friend. You really wanted to honor us in some way but one way you could do it is by having a Black friend who has sense, so …

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