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Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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15 Sets of Celebrities You May Not Have Realized Are the Same Age


From the outside looking in, there are some similarities in the lives of celebrities. They attend high-brow engagements, live under judging eyes, dodge flashing lights and assume the pressure of looking their best in the face of inflexible demands. While their lives look the same from the observation deck of the celebrity petri dish, the way they […]

8 Famous Black People Who Were Once Homeless

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It is estimated that nearly half of all Americans are just one financial disaster away from homelessness. Depressing statistics to be sure; there are few situations that seem more hopeless than not having a place to live. However, there are a surprising number of famous people who lived through just this situation and not only […]

5 Black Celebrities Who Disrespected Black Leaders and Cultural Icons

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Hip-hop began in the 1970s as a cultural force that showcased the political, revolutionary and militant voice of Black America. Initially, it was created by Black people for Black people as a way of expressing the plight and promises within our community. But to make hip-hop popular among wider audiences, the modus operandi shifted, creating […]

5 Ancient Black Civilizations That Were Not in Africa


The Minoans Ancient Greece Archaeologist Manfred Bietak conducted extensive research on ancient Greek civilizations and their connections to ancient Egypt. Bietak unearthed evidence from artwork as early as 7000 B.C. that depicts the early people inhabiting Greece were of African descent. The Minoan culture of Ancient Greece reached its peak at about 1600 B.C. They […]

5 Acts of Self-Hate and Racism in the Dominican Republic


The Dominican Republic is a country on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean region. The western three-eighths of the island is occupied by the nation of Haiti. The first captive Africans were sold as slaves through the ports of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in 1503. Unlike on other Caribbean islands, the Spanish invaders found […]

5 Traits of Great Black Leaders That You Should Emulate

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Determination and Commitment to Goals (Mandela) Changing the world is obviously not an easy thing to do. Along the way there will be setbacks and opposition to any plan, no matter how positive the goal. This is why determination is such a vital trait. The ability to stick to a plan, and persevere despite the […]

6 Black Savants Who Will Amaze You

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Genius comes in many forms. If you look around you can find people with extraordinary intellects and abilities in every community. Here are a few Black people from around the world who possess skills and abilities above and beyond the average person.   1.      Stephen Wiltshire A British artist of West Indian descent, Wiltshire is […]

10 Things People Who ‘Aren’t Black Enough’ Understand

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Stereotypes are used to categorize a particular group of people. Individuals within the group are systematically placed in oversimplified categories. While not all stereotypes are negative, like assuming one possesses an admirable ability to do something — that generally, not everyone can do — they just aren’t all true. The fact that these assumptions solely […]

5 Traditional African Justice Systems More Humane than the Prison Industrial Complex

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Ubuntu is a South African principle that dictates an individual’s responsibility within a corporate sense of identity. The spirit of this principle governs communities throughout Africa and is the foundation on which indigenous methods of conflict resolution are structured. People from all corners of the continent are united by the belief of humanity’s oneness — […]

7 Financial Habits That Keep Black People From Economic Freedom


Introduction In an open letter addressed to President Barack Obama on Sept. 6, 2011, economist Dr. Claud Anderson offered suggestions to improve the economy for the betterment of the Black community.  “With more than 25 million people unemployed and the actual unemployment rate of Blacks in America over 50 percent, the nation’s economy must turn […]

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