PostRacialist

Uh Oh, Here Comes An Annoying Backlash Over #BlackLivesMatter

For The Root Thursday I wrote a story about the stupid backlash online over Bree Newsome climbing a pole in South Carolina and taking down the Confederate flag and how the arguments used against her are the same arguments people always lob at activists (you did it for the fame/money/attention), because people don’t understand activism or the types of people drawn to it. Continue reading

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PostRacialist

A Relic of Our Segregationist Past or “Southern Pride?”

For The Root on Tuesday I penned an explainer on the Confederate flag, including facts like how the flag we see the most isn’t actually the official flag of the Confederacy, but a North Virginia battle flag, and how the flag only became popular as desegregation gained steam. I also write about what it will take to get the flag removed from South Carolina’s state grounds — a majority vote from the South Carolina legislature. Check it out. Continue reading

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RIP

Slain S.C. Pastor Was “All-Around Good Guy”

For The Root Thursday I wrote about Rev. Clementa C. Pinckney who was tragically murdered along with eight others when 21-year-old Dylann Roof opened fire on a Bible study group at a historically black church in Charleston, S.C. Wednesday night. Thursday was an incredibly sad day, hearing about those who died, but Pinckney’s name was the first confirmation we received of who died, so I quickly wrote a post about Pinckney who his friend, Bakari Sellers, described as an “all-around good guy.” Continue reading

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PostRacialist

All the Things Black People Can’t Do Without Being Harassed, Arrested or Killed

It’s not a comprehensive list, but it’s depressing nonetheless. In my latest post for The Root, I break down the 9 basic things black people can’t do without being bothered — either in an annoying way or a deadly way depending on who is doing the do. Continue reading

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Everybody Panic!

Johnny Wright Talks Whether or Not @FLOTUS Will Rock An Afro

For The Root Thursday I have both a story and video about celebrity stylist Johnny Wright, hairstylist to First Lady Michelle Obama. In the interview he talks about how he came to be her stylist and about what’s up next for his career. We also do a fun video together, going through Mrs. O’s best hair looks.  Continue reading

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Lady Business

The Hair Salon and Me: Back Together Again and It Feels So Good

In 2002 I broke up with the hair salon. I’d gone completely natural the year prior and couldn’t take anymore of the ups and downs, drama and misery that was the standard of quite a few unprofessional black salons I went to as I moved from town to town, pursuing my career. But doing my own hair was drudgery. So after almost a decade of being natural, in 2011, I returned to the salon and began my search for an on-time stylist who would actually like (or at least act like she liked) doing my hair. Continue reading

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