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Dontaira Terrell

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Dontaira Terrell is a Florida A&M University graduate and freelance journalist, with a penchant for journal writing, fashion, pop culture and politics. Her love for documenting life’s best moments happened as a youth, consuming local and national news and engrossing herself in a variety of magazines, newspapers and books to read. Writing in her journal is a thing of the past, as she now provides her insights and reporting for companies including but not limited to, The Huffington Post, BET.com, Elite Daily and EBONY.com.

7 Dead Giveaways You’re Attending A Black Church

People Catch The Holy Ghost Once the congregation begins to stand to their feet and the organs strike a chord, the Holy Ghost becomes abundantly present throughout the sanctuary. Ushers rush in with white sheets...

Gone Too Soon: 7 Black Celebrities Who Joined the “27 Club”

The Forever 27 Club is comprised of talented artists and musicians who passed away at the tender age of 27, most likely due to a tragic circumstance. Despite their short lived lives, their artistry...
Black Cowboys

The Forgotten Story of America’s Black Cowboys

The irony behind the word “cowboy,” is that it was used to negatively describe Black “cowhands” but now serves as a universal depiction of the bootstrapping, gun-toting white males associated with western culture. This is...
Janet Jackson

8 Reasons We’re Excited About Janet Jackson’s Epic Comeback Tour

Janet Jackson recently set the Internet abuzz when she announced her return to center stage. Not only did she reveal the dates of her Unbreakable world tour, she promised new music and announced the...
Women Of Blaxploitation

10 Amazing Ladies That Totally Rocked the Blaxploitation Era

The term blaxploitation was created by former film publicist Junius Griffin in the early 1970s. It is considered the first genre to regularly feature predominately all-Black casts as well as soundtracks that were comprised...
Rappers Queen Latifah and MC Lyte

9 Socially Conscious Hip-Hop Songs That Helped Define the ‘90s

Hip-hop acts of the '90s such as Public Enemy, KRS One, MC Lyte and Sista Souljah utilized their platforms to create socially conscious rhymes. By challenging the status quo, many MCs provided socio-political commentary...
Brooklyn, Illinois

Remembering America’s First Black Town

By Dontaira Terrell According to oral tradition, sometime in the 1820s at least 11 Black families both “free” and enslaved settled in the state of Illinois. Traveling from St. Louis, Mo. and through the Mississippi...
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter Lauryn Hill

7 Life Lessons We Learned Through ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

As one of the most critically acclaimed albums released in the summer of 1998, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill provided more than soulful tunes. Lauryn Hill’s infectious song lyrics influenced an entire generation, sparked...

A Look Back at African People’s Cultural Effect on Modern Day New Orleans’ Congo...

by Dontaira Terrell The early styles of song and dance dating back to the 18th century in the Congo Square of New Orleans can be attributed to enslaved Africans. Located in the historical Tremé neighborhood,...

7 Things We Absolutely Miss About Black TV in the ’90s

The era of Black television during the '90s provided viewers with entertaining yet informative content. There was an abundance of good, quality, family-orientated programming filled with light-hearted humor, the celebration of Black culture and an...

The Untold Impact of African Culture on American Culture

By Dontaira Terrell The contributions and cultural influences stemming from enslaved Africans have been greatly undermined in the American culture. Africanisms varying from traditional folklore, Southern cuisine to song and dance are not only prevalent...
Black owned wineries and vineyards

9 Amazing Black-Owned Wineries and Vineyards You Probably Don’t Know About

With more than 8,000 wineries located within the United States, less than 5 percent are Black-owned. Although the number is small in comparison, Black winemakers are steadily increasing and beginning to join forces as a...

Decoration Day: Who Are the Originators of Memorial Day?

By Dontaira Terrell Each year Americans recognize the last Monday of May as an observatory holiday to honor fallen U.S. military men and women. It wasn’t until 1971 when Memorial Day, originally coined as Decoration...

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