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The Soapbox: Spreading Unsubstantiated Theories About Sandra Bland’s Death Won’t Bring Her Justice

Though there has been plenty of sound reporting on the facts of the case, there has also been no shortage of conspiracy theories circulating the internet — including one that claims Bland was lying on the ground in her mug shot photo, the insinuation being that the young woman was dead already.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 28, 2015

The Soapbox: Nicki Minaj’s Point About European Beauty Standards And Misogynoir Is Not “Redundant”

Ed Sheeran, please STFU and have a seat next to Taylor Swift.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 23, 2015

The Soapbox: No, You Don’t Have To Be “Respectful” For Police Officers To Be Professional

Sandra Bland’s arrest and death has sparked outrage across the nation. Dash cam footage captured the enraged police officer, State Trooper Brian Encinia, threatening “I will light you up” while pointing a taser because the young woman refused to put out her cigarette or step out of her vehicle during a routine traffic stop. She wa…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 22, 2015

State Trooper Who Arrested Sandra Bland Was Hardly A “Model” Police Officer [UPDATED]

This post has been updated with the dash cam video of Bland’s arrest, as well as details from the press conference held this evening.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 21, 2015

The Soapbox: Chicago Artist Exploits Michael Brown’s Death With Tone-Deaf Attempt To Examine Her Own White Privilege

While attempting to explore white privilege in her latest exhibit, artist Ti-Rock Moore displayed a tone deaf approach of precisely that — white privilege. Moore’s exhibit, Confronting Truths: Wake Up!“, which recently opened in Chicago, was created, according to the artist, to “honestly and frankly… explore white privilege through my acute awareness of the unearned…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 14, 2015

7 Essential Things To Know About Cultural Appropriation

Over the weekend, “Hunger Games” actress Amandla Stenberg blasted Kylie Jenner for appropriating Black culture with little to no regard for the struggles of the Black people who created it, after Jenner posted a picture on Instagram of herself wearing cornrows with the comment: “I woke up like diss.” Stenberg responded with this tweet, invoking…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 13, 2015

South Carolina Took Down The Confederate Flag — Now What?

The Confederate Flag has been removed from the South Carolina Capital: YIPPPPPPEEEE! Time to celebrate? Let’s give ourselves a moment to high-five America for getting rid of an old relic of racism that really should have disappeared over a century ago when the Civil War finally united the country after being divided by the South’…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 10, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Russell Wilson & Ciara’s “No-Sex Vow” Weirds Me Out

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson recently did an interview with Pastor Miles McPherson at San Diego’s Rock Church in which he not only confirmed that he has been dating pop star Ciara, but that the couple has vowed to go about their relationship “Jesus’s way” by abstaining from having sex until marriage. Wilson says he got the message…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 9, 2015

The Soapbox: Protecting Affirmative Action Is A Feminist Issue

Abigail Fisher’s lawsuit against the University of Texas at Austin is an example of how white women are used as pawns in a war against people of color where both demographics lose to white male patriarchy. …

By: Tiffanie Drayton / July 7, 2015

9 Steps That Would Help Reconcile The Relationship Between White And Black America

After both studying and writing about racial inequality in the United States, I have come to learn that, much like our interpersonal or romantic relationships, most of the ongoing strife between African-Americans and the nation stems from the absence of atonement, forgiveness and reconciliation. Personal relationships are often threatened by wrongdoing. That’s because human being…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 30, 2015

The Soapbox: Why Won’t Hillary Clinton Say “Black Lives Matter”?

Considering the large body of work that explains why the phrase “all lives matter” is contextually racist and wholly inappropriate, it seriously gives me pause that Hillary Clinton let the words slip out of her mouth.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 24, 2015

Frisky Rant: Yes, Don Lemon, The N-Word And Your Sign Are Offensive

Sigh. Don Lemon at his most Don Lemon-iest.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 23, 2015

The Soapbox: What Do Most Rampage Killers Have In Common? They’re Men

Society must take a more bold stand against male violence.

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 22, 2015

On The Charleston Church Shooting, Black Progress, And White Fear & Violence

It is important to understand the act of terrorism is a reflection of broader White attitudes, angst and fear, not merely the result of a single “scoundrel’s” “madness” or “insanity.”

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 18, 2015

The Soapbox: When Black Children Aren’t Welcome In White Spaces

Many a Black child has that moment when they learn that certain White spaces are off limits to them. That not only are such spaces unwelcoming, but they can possibly be dangerous. The Black teenagers who attempted to attend a pool party on the White side of the town of McKinney, Texas, learned that lesson

By: Tiffanie Drayton / June 8, 2015

Homecoming Queen Killed By Texas Flood Is Mocked By Asshole Atheists For Believing In God

The Daily Beast reported on tragedy yesterday: Homecoming Queen Alyssa Ramirez lost her life after a flood in Texas swept her car away on her way home from prom. The details are pretty heartbreaking. The teen was only two miles away from home when she was caught in a flash flood. She called 911 and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 28, 2015

Frisky Rant: Why I Refuse To Pay For Dates

In my opinion, there is very little difference between subscribing to “colorblind” ideology and “gender blindness.”

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 27, 2015

On Ray Rice, Domestic Violence, Police Brutality & The Choices Faced By Black Women

Late last week, the charges against football player Ray Rice were all dropped by a judge after the former Ravens running back completed the court ordered terms of his pretrial intervention: the completion of anger management counseling and the payment of fines totaling $125. Admission into this “pretrial intervention” program is usually uncommon for violent…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 26, 2015

Search “N*gga House” In Google Maps And You’ll Be Directed To The White House

Type the words “nigga house” right now in Google maps. What are your findings?

Some of my Facebook friends have been sharing posts with their search results and, well, it is a bit disturbing. It seems that the White House pops up whenever you enter “nigga house” into a Google Ma…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 20, 2015

25 Types Of Men I’m Absolutely Tired Of At 25

Now, more than ever before, I have come to a point in my life where I just have zero patience for certain types of men. Part of the reason for this is that I’ve had much more dating experience, but I think more importantly, I have gained a certain degree of self-confidence after surviving college…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / May 12, 2015

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