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The Hip Hopologist Top Five Female Rap Groups

Well I guess I’m back at it again, but this time out of all the lists I’ve done, this was the hardest top five to put together because of the lack of respect that female rappers had in the beginning of hip hop. Me being a hip hop purist, I dug through the crap and found the top five female groups of all time. 1. Salt N Pepa. Reason why? They are Salt N Pepa!! 2. The Sequence. Reason why? Anytime you can get a good singer like Angie B (Angie Stone) that comes from South Carolina, and make a huge impact in New York, you’re doing something real nice. 3. J.J. Fad. Reason why? Supersonic! Because they were signed to Ruthless Records by the legendary late Easy-E. and J.J. Fad was the first female rap group to earn a Grammy nomination, plus they went platinum. The irony of it all is in the name. 4. The Conscious Daughters. Reason why? Two hardcore female MC’s from the Bay Area making noise in a male dominated genre, especially in California at that time. 5. Finesse and Synquis, Floetry, L’Trimm, T.L.C….Damnit! It’s hard to find a number 5, cause the groups never stayed together long enough to make a significant impact in hip hop. If you know who the top five female rap groups of all time were/are, and they are not on this list, hit me up at vigalantee@gmail.com so I’ll know too! Read More »

Mother Arrested for Cheering Too Loudly at Her Daughter’s Graduation

If your kids graduate and you get too excited about it, you might end up with a criminal record.  A South Carolina mother experienced the humiliation of being arrested for cheering too loud at her daughter’s graduation ceremony, which took place in Florence, South Carolina. The mother, Shannon Cooper, was ecstatic about seeing her daughter Iesha go across the stage.  This led a nearby police officer to conclude that the mom had engaged in disorderly conduct. I am still living in shock,” Cooper told msnbc.com. “It all seems like a bad dream, a nightmare of what was to be one of the happiest days of our lives. I cheered for my baby and I got the cuffs.” Shannon’s daughter, Christin Iesha Cooper, was a proud graduate at South Florence High School, but found herself in tears when her mother was taken out of the building. “I am a proud mom,” said Ms. Cooper. “And as soon as they said ‘Christin’ I stood up, started praising, woohooing and cheering it up for my baby. I was like ‘Go baby! You did it’.” Police claim that they warned those in attendance that anyone who cheers during the ceremony would be escorted out of the building.  Maybe they should find a way to make allowances for families who care about their kids. Read More »

Obama calls on Senate to pass equal pay bill to assist women to earn the same pay as men

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is calling on the Senate to pass legislation that will assist women to earn the same pay as men. The bill is not expected to win the support it needs to move forward. Obama says women now earn, on average, 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Republicans say the legislation would place too much burden on businesses because they would be required to prove that wage differences do not have a gender basis. The legislation would also protect employees against retaliation for who revealing their own wages or asking for information about their employers’ wage practices. Read More »

Solange Opens Up About Her Natural Hair Journey

Solange Knowles is under the hot lights on set, but her demeanor is cool while hairstylist Chuck Amos coifs her strands into French rolls. Knowles’s now famously impulsive act, chopping off her tresses in 2009, has transformed her into a natural hair icon. But that was never her intention. “I honestly was just tired of the energy surrounding my hair,” she explains. “So when I cut it, I didn’t think about what anyone else would think.” We’ve been admiring her flair for switching up her hairstyles ever since. She’s living proof that natural hair can be versatile, stylish and edgy. In the  June issue  of ESSENCE, she opened up about wearing and caring for her crowning glory. ESSENCE: Are you surprised so many people are inspired by you? SOLANGE KNOWLES:  I am! I wasn’t expecting that. I get women all the time on Twitter and face-to-face saying, “I did this [haircut] because you did.” That’s really, really humbling, and I think it’s amazing. ESSENCE: Is there any style that stands out as a favorite? KNOWLES:  I actually love my natural hair when it’s in a twist out and it’s been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower. A lot of people say, “It’s so beautiful. Why don’t you wear it like that all the time?” Well, I’m in all these different places and working with different hairstylists, so it’s important for me to wear it in a protective style. ESSENCE: How do you feel about your hair now? KNOWLES:  I think many people, especially from other cultures, just don’t understand the role hair plays in Black women’s lives. I can now transform the energy surrounding my hair into something way more productive. Now that [my hair is] growing back, I’m kind of in that in-between stage. Previously, I would have said, “I’m straightening it again; it’s just becoming too much work.” But I think the key is to find styles that give me flexibility. ESSENCE: What advice would you give someone who wants to go natural? KNOWLES:  I would say it’s going to be a journey and you have to be 100 percent ready. I think many people are coming into it thinking it’s going to be easy and it’s going to be healthier. Just because you’re natural doesn’t mean you’ll be able to wash, shake and go. It’s a lot of work. If it’s something you truly feel strongly about and it’s going to represent you in lifestyle, hair care and health, then it’s a worthwhile journey to take. I stand for people who are firm in their journey. Source Read More »

Why do Black women indulge in risky sex?

According to a recent study, exposure to violence makes women prone to risky sex. A recent study says that women who have witnessed crimes and forms of violence both in their childhood and adulthood are more prone to risky sex. Also, women who had been abused were more likely to indulge in unprotected sex and use alcohol or drugs before having sex. Sexual practices that put one at risk for HIV, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancies, is what the study refers to as “risky sex”. The study was conducted primarily among African-American women out of which most were at a socio-economically disadvantage. Experts say preventing domestic violence and intolerance to violence against women is the most important step in preventing such problems. Educating adolescents about the problems associated with high risk sexual practices like STDs and unwanted pregnancies, and promoting safe sex should be undertaken. SOURCE Read More »

The Career Blazers: 7 Black Female Medical Pioneers

Though there has been a major concern about black women in the science and tech industries, but many have made major strides. African-American women contribute daily to new research, advances and innovations in medicine, holding the torch passed to them by pioneers who broke racial and gender barriers. Madame Noire takes a look at seven such women who are excelling as surgeons, researchers and physicians. CLICK TO READ MORE Read More »

Brian McKnight’s Latest X-Rated Song Banned from YouTube

Brian McKnight’s latest sexually explicit song, recorded for the online porn site YouPorn.com, has been pulled from YouTube due to “inappropriate content.” The R&B singer also wrote a track, in April, titled, “If You’re Ready to Learn,” which spoke to women who were left unsatisfied in the bedroom by selfish lovers. McKnight’s latest song debuted on May 28 and was accompanied by a video featuring girls in bikinis, but the clip was deemed too explicit for YouTube and banned. YouPorn executives posted a different version of the video minus the scantily-clad women in a bid to get around the ban, but that promo was also removed from YouTube. YouPorn rep Corey Price tells TMZ: “I can’t believe with all of the crazy content that is posted to YouTube on a daily basis that this video of all things is being pulled repeatedly! Apparently you can show videos of bomb making and people killing kittens, but a bunch of hot girls dancing around in YouPorn.com bikinis is outlawed.” McKnight claims his new racy tunes are not an indication of his new musical direction and that it was all part of a prank. Some reckon it was just a desperate attempt at getting attention and by the looks of things, he got it. What remains to be seen is how the attention he is getting will affect his music career in the long run. Read More »

Extraordinary: Collage of Black Female Physicians Gives Thanks to Doc McStuffins Show for Positive Role Models

Thousands of black female physicians around the country have banded together to thank Disney and Brown Bag Films for the creation of the hit TV show, “Doc McStuffins.”  A collage of many of the women was included in the campaign.  Also, the blog Coilyembrace.com paid tribute to the campaign as well: Since the Cosby show went off the air in 1992, we have not seen as many positive African American images on T.V. as we had hoped.  This was especially true for our small children.  Outside of Sesame Street, it seemed that children’s TV was still lacking the representation of diversity that made up the United States.  But that has all changed with one new children’s program. We have written a couple of entries in our blog about why we love Disney’s Doc McStuffins.  We have discussed how we believe that this program featuring a little African American girl and her family is crucial to changing the future of this nation. We also started a campaign to express our thanks to Disney and Brown Bag Films for creating, producing and airing Doc McStuffins.  What started out as a simple collage of a few African American women physicians expressing thanks to Disney and Brown Bag Films has now taken on a life of its own.  When we first started the collage we never thought we would get anywhere close to the current number of physicians who have agreed to lend their image to this project.  But here we stand today with what we believe may be one of the most moving visual images of African American women in some time. Our latest version of the We Are Doc McStuffins collage is made up 131 African American women physicians from around the world.  They represent physicians from Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, Pediatric Anesthesiology, Ob/gyn, Cardiothoracic surgery, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Orthopedic Surgery, Occupational Medicine, Emergency medicine, Internal medicine, Family medicine, Dermatology, Cardiology (Electrophysiology), Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Neuro-otology , Otolaryngology (ENT), Sports Medicine , Urgent Care, Pediatric Hospitalist, Geriatrics , Medical Oncology, Infectious disease, Preventive Medicine, Allergy & Immunology, Naturopathic medicine, Pediatric Emergency medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehab (PM&R), Naturopathic endocrine/oncology, Urogynecology & Reconstructive Pelvic surgery, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Transplant surgery, Internal medicine hospitalist, General Surgery, Med/peds, Nephrology, Podiatry, Psychiatry and Public Health/Community medicine. SOURCE Read More »

A movement for Black, Latina women; Fighting for women’s rights means fighting racism and poverty

Hundreds took to the streets in Los Angeles on April 28 to “Unite to Fight the War on Women.” The Los Angeles event was part of a national day of action in response to increasing attacks on women’s rights. While the crowd was energetic and diverse, the event’s message and leadership were homogeneous, leaving many who attended feeling excluded. The hardships working women and women of color face were not addressed by the speakers and organizers, nearly all of whom were white, and the only solution offered was a repeated plea to vote for and support the Democratic Party. A shocking study released in 2010 revealed that the average median wealth for women of color between the ages of 36-49 is only $5. By comparison, the average median wealth of white women in the same age group is $42,600—still only 61% of their male counterparts. These statistics confirm what has long been a visible feature of U.S. capitalism—that one’s place in society is based primarily on the class, nationality and gender that a person is born into. The study was conducted by the Insight Center for Community Economic Development, analyzing data collected by the Federal Reserve in 2007. These numbers thus represent the grim economic reality prior to the current recession. A United for a Fair Economy report has since stated that the sub-prime mortgage crisis is producing the greatest loss of wealth in U.S. history for African Americans. In nearly 44 percent of Black families with children, a woman is the primary breadwinner. The grim economic situation thus has even more far-reaching implications in terms of addressing the community’s disproportionate poverty. The unemployment rate for Black women is nearly double that of white women and white men. CLICK TO READ MORE Read More »

Black Women Film Festival Kicks Off on June 14 in Atlanta, GA

The Black Women Film Network kicks off its Black Women Film Festival by celebrating the groundbreaking film,Julie Dash’s classic Daughters of the Dust which turns 21 this year. The original print will be shown at Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, June 14 at 7pm. Julie Dash herself will be present for the screening, and will be introduced by Dr. Ayoka Chenzira. The Black Women Film Festival dates are June 14-17, 2012. The Black Women Film Festival is sponsored by BET, The Geogia Humanities Council, Spelman College and Microsoft. Read More »

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