A scary topic in the workplace, but usually a liberating topic on an HBCU campus, black hair has taken on a lot of attention by the media. News sources like the Huffington Post, New York Times and CNN all have discussed the phenomenon of natural hair among African- American men and women. Recently, 7-year-old Tiana was dismissed from Deborah Brown Community School in Tulsa, Oklahoma because the administration did not allow her dreads. The school later changed its natural hair policy, but Tiana did not return to the school. Other K-12 schools also are banning natural styles, calling them unacceptable and potential health hazards.
My fellow Eagles, I am sending out an Eagle cry. I have finally, FINALLY reached my senior year and I have never felt like quitting more than now. I’ve considered quitting numerous times this semester. Not because I am lazy, but because the stress level is so high I could use it to bench press at the gym. I am writing this article to plead with the great professors of NCCU. Not all of your students are slackers or lazy. This is not by any means an effort to beg for a pat on the back or to ask you to ease up on the work you assign us. But please know when to back off. You never know what your students are going through at home.
When you turn 18 you want the world to know you have finally reached adulthood. You are given the right to join the armed services, go to clubs, purchase “adult movies,” get your non-restricted license and, of course, buy tobacco products. Automatically, you do one of the things. A lot of my senior classmates in high school chose to get a tattoo or a piercing, and go out for the first time. I chose to get my tongue pierced and buy a Black & Mild.
Mizhani. Jhonni Blaze. Flawless Fruit. Maliah. Strippers have become idols in the hip hop community. Rappers and drug dealers have no problem spending thousands of dollars to watch a pretty woman perform tricks on a pole.
These days, strippers are actually going on tour to strip clubs around the country.
They have fans and admirers, some of whom go harder than Beyoncéstans (& y’all know how the Beyhive can be about their Queen).
This summer held one of the most controversial trials in U.S. History since Emmett Till: The George Zimmerman Trial. As the organizing continues and the demonstrations and meetings are set, so many questions and thoughts have come to surface: is racism still an issue? Why does it seem like the justice system continuously strikes our (black) men down? Are stereotypes probable causes for certain situations?
Hip Hop’s obsession with a plump backside didn’t start yesterday. For decades, women with curvy figures and round derrieres have been praised by rappers. In 1989, LL Cool J released “Big Ole Butt,” in which he spoke about leaving his girlfriend for a girl with, well, a “big ole butt.”
What started as a progressive tool aimed to help minorities was bought out by businesses who capitalized on it. They supplied aspiring rappers with a gimmick and continue to do so while the outspoken artists get censored and overlooked. When a young, insecure girl with no role model turns on the radio what she’ll hear is that her worth is determined by the size of her physical assets and how wide she can spread her legs.