Category: Culture & Politics

Culture Under Fire: The Racialization of “Black Girl Magic” & Natural Hair

Culture Under Fire: The Racialization of “Black Girl Magic” & Natural Hair

| May 20, 2017 | 2 Replies

Every weekend, after Saturday dance classes and before Sunday ​evening​, the girls and I gather in the living room for a marathon of hair-styling. One by one, Nia and Layla take turns sitting between Mama’s knees, patiently accepting my commands to ​”​turn here​”​ and ​”​lean there​”​ as I oil their scalps, detangle their coils and […]

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Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

Bad Ads Earn Companies & Their Products ‘The Business’

| April 8, 2017 | Reply

My baby brother, Michael, is one of my favorite people on the planet. We’re over a decade apart, age-wise, but he loves his Big Sis LoLo and can be fun to hang out with. Since he’s the only native Texan among us, Michael’s full-fledged Southern roots and love for hip-hop have influenced not only his dialect, but his […]

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Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

Increase The Peace: DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence

| March 15, 2017 | Reply

Taking A Stand: High School Honor Graduate and Radio Host DJ Young Music Launches Empowering School Tour Against Youth Violence Source Magazine 3.3.2017 “DJ Young Music and Streetz Stop The Violence Foundation presents “The Streetz Blunt Truth Tour,” a multi-state effort to spread peace, love and understanding through music, while seeking to combat youth violence […]

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White Tears & Special Snowflakes: Offended Pro-Lifer Gets Owned

White Tears & Special Snowflakes: Offended Pro-Lifer Gets Owned

| January 29, 2017 | Reply

When, when, WHEN will people learn? If you know me personally or follow me here regularly at MOC, you already know: I am a proud, card-carrying, fist-rocking, down-for-my-sisters womanist. I am personally pro-life, but endorse a woman’s right to choose and always vote as such. I don’t excuse misogynoir, women who try whitesplaining themselves and/or […]

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The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

The Women’s March: A TX Family Participates in the Movement

| January 28, 2017 | 2 Replies

On Jan. 20, the United States witnessed the inauguration of its 45th President. Many greeted the new administration with joy and celebration, but for others, Saturday held the moment they truly looked forward to. Not because of the back-to-back parties, brunches and formal dances to attend, but for the chance to accomplish what the overwhelming […]

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Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Impact of the Obamas

| January 20, 2017 | 4 Replies

It was a phrase first made famous in a Malcolm X speech, then within the dialogue of Spike Lee’s seminal 1989 film of the same name: “Do the right thing.” The words, though simplistic, symbolize the need to make tough choices in turbulent times. Pushing forward with optimism into uncharted territory takes wisdom, courage and […]

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Losing Our Rhythm: Broken Hearts & Silenced Voices In 2016

Losing Our Rhythm: Broken Hearts & Silenced Voices In 2016

| December 31, 2016 | Reply

On Feb. 3, 1959, a trio of young rockers—-J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly—-simultaneously lost their lives in a plane crash shortly after take-off. The day became a tragic anniversary in the annals of music history and became known to fans of rock-and-roll as “The Day The Music Died.” For those […]

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Overlooking Racism, Enabling Racism: Helping America (Freely) Hate Again

Overlooking Racism, Enabling Racism: Helping America (Freely) Hate Again

| December 17, 2016 | 3 Replies

In the 1984 comedy film, Beverly Hills Cop II, Eddie Murphy’s character, who was under surveillance, kept a pair of cops from following him by sneaking out of his hotel, running across the street and putting a banana inside the tailpipe of their vehicle. Hours later, he’s relocated and told, by the new undercover cops, […]

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