Category: DMN Briefing Columns

The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

The Danger of Being A Superwoman: Lose The Cape, Save Your Life

| June 17, 2017 | Reply

Thanks to the numerous strides made in politics, medicine, sports and entertainment, wider opportunities have presented themselves for girls and women. In 2016, for example, The Dallas Wings became the first team in North Texas to join the WNBA franchise. Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar became the first Somali American Muslim legislator elected to office, and performer […]

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Edgar, “John Mars” and “Tarzan” Too: ECOF 2017’s Dallas Debut

Edgar, “John Mars” and “Tarzan” Too: ECOF 2017’s Dallas Debut

| June 11, 2017 | Reply

In the year 1912, pulp fiction fan and one-time pencil-sharpener wholesaler, Edgar Rice Burroughs, became a writer in his spare time and created two of the world’s most iconic characters, space explorer “John Carter” and “John Clayton,” better known as the jungle-dwelling adventurer called Tarzan. Before his death in 1950, the Chicago native published over 80 […]

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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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Sundance Sensation: “Hap & Leonard” & Joe R. Lansdale

Sundance Sensation: “Hap & Leonard” & Joe R. Lansdale

| May 6, 2017 | Reply

“When I got to Leonard’s Christmas Eve night, he had the Kentucky Headhunters turned way up over at his place, and they were singing ‘The Ballad of Davy Crockett,’ and Leonard, in kind of a Christmas celebration, was once again setting fire to the house next door. I wished he’d quit doing that. I’d helped […]

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Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

Mary J. Blige’s “Strength of a Woman,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 28, 2017 | Reply

…..Throughout the set’s tracks, MJB is running the emotional gauntlet –there’s betrayal, heartbreak, fury and yes, even a healthy dose of petty when she reminds listeners, and her soon-to-be ex, that she’s rocking “Queen” title for a reason. If folks thought she bared her soul with that first single, “Thick of It,” their ears will […]

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“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

“Keeping It Real” Can Go Left, But Is Usually Right

| April 22, 2017 | Reply

As an avid reader, I have dozens of books from a variety of authors. There are a few classified as ‘unauthorized biographies,’ and one of them is the 1988 best-seller entitled Call Her Miss Ross. Written by J. Randy Taraborelli, Miss Ross examines the childhood and accomplishments of the Supreme Diva herself, Diana Ross, as well as the love affairs […]

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Jamiroquai’s “Automaton,” CD Review/Preview Link

Jamiroquai’s “Automaton,” CD Review/Preview Link

| April 12, 2017 | 1 Reply

Imagine an oblong, intergalactic funk-fueled roller rink, tricked out with shiny chrome fixtures, a spinning globe, and a skilled DJ layering eras of funk and pop and soul over trippy, acid-infused beats. In the hands of the unskilled it would be a scattered mess, but for Jamiroquai, it’s their mastered signature style.  For over 20 years, […]

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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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