Black Lives Matter: Google It.

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Because art is supposed to make you feel.

I’m sure if you’re reading this article then you’ve seen the piece already on Google’s site today. I saw it from the Google app on my phone during my morning commute and casually thought, wow, that’s dope. I made a mental note to investigate further when I was logged onto my laptop and see where the design came from. Moving on with my the piece began to slip my mind.

Fast forward 7 hours later.

Being the procrastinator that I am, once returning home from work and logging on my computer to start homework, I instead began viewing today’s doodle even more closely. The detail in the design and the different symbols once again grabbed my attention. Subsequently, I clicked the artwork and read an inspiring article about a young, Black, girl, from D.C. who created the piece. She won a national contest with over 100,000 applicants from all over the 53 different U.S. states/territories. I was shocked.

Needless to say, her story inspired me, only a sophomore in high school yet wise beyond her years. I couldn’t help but share. You go Akilah. You Go.

Be strong. Be haute. Be you.

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Holiday Gift Guide: 11 Black Owned Businesses to Support

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1. Myavana 

This company offers services I didn’t even know that I needed. But, if you or a friend have just started transitioning or can’t seem to reach that length goal. This company can take the guess work out of it! They’ll give your strands a microscopic check up, recommend products, and even give you day to day care tips. I say pay for the knowledge now instead of paying for the so-so hair stylist or tangly tracks later!

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2. Peace Images Jewelry

This site has some beautiful pieces of jewelry at great prices. All the necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings are handcrafted and delivered with a mixtape curated by Peace.

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3. Shea Moisture

If you or your naturalista friend has yet to try Shea Moisture’s Coconut Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie or the Raw Shea Butter Masque Deep Treatment  then you are really missing out. Both of these products are amazing for most hair types and would make a great gift for transitioning or veteran curly girls alike.

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Are you mad? Ayesha Curry Comments

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*Cue Drake lyrics* ….Check’em for a wire or an earpiece, please.

Everyone and their mama has been buzzing about Ayesha Curry’s recent twitter statements on current fashion trends. If you’re not familiar, wife of currently undefeated, Golden State Warrior player Stephen Curry, shared a few tweets that got people talking. This photo was taken directly from her Twitter account, read from the bottom up. Ayesha Curry Tweets Twitter blaque coffee blog

Now, she isn’t sharing an opinion that’s brand new or that hasn’t been expressed before. But backlash quickly appeared when people began saying her comments were a form of slut shamming.

I subscribe to the school of thought that says, if the opinion isn’t harming you, then don’t worry about it. So when people started digging up photos of Ayesha where she was wearing less than normal and saying her comments shame women’s choice to wear what they please I was shocked.

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Colorism, Slave Mentality, & Profanity; 2015 Rap Culture

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Older generations often scoff at the rap genre for its audacious lyrics, gaudy music videos, and affinity for exploiting and degrading women. For years, money, women, and material things have bombarded the radio waves connecting both minorities and Whites to the struggles of inner city artists. These artists put pen to pad and boast in the booths about their trials, tribulations, and uprisings to fame (often flaunting record label money that doesn’t really belong to them). But within the flashy pool of Soulja Boys and Waka Flockas swim a few true lyricists who make a conscious decision to stand for something. These rappers step out of the box, offering the occasional introspective, culturally sensitive and socially conscious verse to wake us up and bring us back to the here and now.

So what about the here and now? Monday J. Cole released the music video to G.O.M.D., a popular track from his most recent release, 2015 Forest Hills Drive. Lyrically, the song flaunts a pretty typical rap song skeleton. But between the crude language Cole pokes fun at the Lil Jon throwback Get Low and addresses the lack of substance within the most popular lyrics these days.

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Abuse or Misuse?: Celebrity Platform for Change

If you haven’t seen the above video, I suggest you watch it, ASAP. No really, stop reading and watch it. Then come back. I’ll be here I promise.

You watch it? Okay, now let’s talk.

I am a young, Black woman who tries to stay as socially conscious as possible. I don’t really like to watch the news often because it depresses me, but I make the time to stay aware, even if it’s through word of mouth or my iPhone’s CNN app. My point is that while I have a full plate of daily responsibility and no degree of fame, I make the time to keep my ear to the streets and fulfill my duty to be an informed citizen. But this is not the case for many of those who we give our money to in the form of television ratings, album purchases, and movie ticket sales. These celebrities who have media tools that their ancestors lacked and the world wide web at their disposal are failing miserably at doing what I think is their civic responsibility to stand for what’s right. Why? Because I’m a firm believer in the quote:

“If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.”

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Buying Power, Blaque Power

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This is not a political blog. And I, though many things, am not a politician.
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But some circumstances prove impossible to sit back and simply watch silently, helplessly, as things unravel.…and so, here’s one account of what it was like being in the nation’s capital as it was declared that a grand jury found no reason to indict Darren Wilson. 
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Upon walking into my building I caught wind that Fox News (yuck!) was arriving at Howard to film students while the verdict was announced (whether this happened or not, who knows? I immediately went in the opposite direction). I heard sirens blaring from the local eatery “club McDonald’s” as the blue and whites arrived to man their posts, all before a decision was released. My phone lit up with group chat notifications: “Meet here!” “Protest starting there”, “Black out your Instagram photo now”.
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And I saw it all happening again.

 

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The same uproar that ensued when our community heard of the initial shooting of Michael Brown, or even back when we were informed of Trayvon Martin‘s assassination. The exact same buzz began to emanate amongst my peers and the Black community at large and I found myself…growing angry. Why?

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