Whole foods and Starbucks: How to transform ‘gentrification’ into ‘community evolvement’

Whole Foods was the ultimate sign that Harlem had become a NEW Harlem. It showed outsiders that the residents were willing to conform and change, willing to assimilate into mass society. Something as simple as Whole Foods took away the identity, the individualism, the uniqueness of Harlem. To me, it signified the end of a …

‘I’m a boss’: Why every black woman should speak Cardi B standards into existence

As I embark upon the final weeks of my 20s, I've decided to take a new philosophy into my 30s that will hopefully lead to a positive impact throughout the rest of my life. More importantly, I hope that this trend will help to inspire the upcoming new year for other black women who have …

R. Kelly: Why We Need to Hold This Man Accountable

R. Kelly's "sex cult" behavior to teenage girls and young women is inexcusable, and we must stop blaming the victims. How can we continue to put money in this predator's pockets? The Boondocks made an excellent argument against R. Kelly in 2005. People tend to excuse his past (and reoccurring present) due to his skills …

Combatting Rape Culture in Dating

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMRL2xK9okk Based upon current popular culture, there seems to be a fine line with what is considered rape. From date rape drugs to unconscious sex, how can we as a millennial community be on the same page? With Bill Cosby's mistrial to personal encounters, let's define and call a spade a spade. Related Links: The …

Keeping From Those in Denial…and Crazy

https://youtu.be/0Bdj0jmlVHQ Breakups happen in relationships. As unfortunate as it is, it's something that we come to expect at a certain point whenever we're involved with a person and know that our run with them may not last forever. However, what is not cool is when people take a turn for the worse. It's not always …