Why Would CNN Anchor Piers Morgan Ask Beyonce About Her Booty?

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins I was a bit shocked when I received an email from a friend citing an article by Roy Metoyer out of Atlanta regarding a recent interview by CNN’s Piers Morgan with Beyonce Knowles.  During the interview, Morgan did the usual celebrity probing, which was to be expected.  But surprisingly, he pressed […]

Dr. Boyce: JP Morgan Nows Owns a Chunk of Ebony/Jet – The Death of Black-Owned Media

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. One of the last holdouts in the onslaught of major corporations seeking to take over the black-owned media space was the Johnson Publishing Company, which runs Ebony and Jet Magazines.  As Essence Magazine, BET and other outlets found themselves running into the arms of a financial white knight, the Johnson family […]

Mother of 5-Yr Old Shaniya Davis Charged with Murder, Selling Child on a Drug Debt

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. The mother of a 5-year old girl who went missing in Fayetteville, North Carolina has been indicted on murder charges.  Antoinette Nicole Davis has been charged with the murder of Shaniya Davis, facing charges of first degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, felony child abuse, felony sexual servitude, rape of […]

Survey: 86% of African Americans Think Casey Anthony Would be Guilty if She Were Black

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. In a recent Your Black World survey, readers were asked to ascertain the racial implications of the case of Casey Anthony, a mother who was recently exonerated in the death of her two year old daughter, Caylee.   After the surprising not guilty verdict, people across the nation were wondering if […]

Dr. Boyce: Why You Should (or Should Not) Go Planking

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins. I found myself in what some would call “an SMH moment” (Shaking My Head) when my daughter exposed me to the growing trend of “planking”: laying out with your body still and arms to the side in some of the oddest positions imaginable.  The goal is to compete with your friends […]

Dr. Boyce and Wilmer Leon: Was Tom Joyner Wrong to Reference Tavis and Cornel’s Sexuality?

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In a recent article expressing his frustration with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West, Tom Joyner spoke to his belief that West and Smiley had directly created the environment under which men like Mark Halperin felt comfortable referring to President Obama as a D*ck.  Joyner then made matters quite personal by referring to Cornel as Tavis’ […]

Dr. Boyce Video: Not Letting the Power of Money Control You

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins As a Finance Professor, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about and learning the power of money.  I began studying money in college because I never had very much growing up.  My parents worked hard to provide a good living and experienced social mobility through time, but we were definitely […]

Dr. Boyce: Tom Joyner’s Tasteless Assault on Tavis Smiley and Cornel West

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I love Tom Joyner.  In case you’re wondering, in “black political speak,” when a commentator mentions that they love someone, that means that they are about to crack a walnut over their forehead.  I remember Tavis Smiley telling Al Sharpton that he loved him right before he proceeded to attack him with the ferocity of […]

Dr. Boyce: Why Black People Have Little Right or Reason to Celebrate Independence Day

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When I think about the fourth of July, my mind is motionless.  I don’t get happy, sad, angry or thoughtful.  As a 40-year old man, I can’t even get excited about the fireworks anymore.  The holiday means as much to me as the birthday of my biological father who abandoned me at birth.  In fact, […]

Dr. Boyce Video: Essence, BET and the Images of Black Women in Media

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In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins gives his inside take on why Shaunie O’neal was chosen by CNN to speak on black female images in media.  The video explains how media works and what happens when black media is taken over by large corporations. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO           […]

Dr. Boyce: Why is Shaunie O’neal a Spokesperson for Black Females in Media?

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In a CNN article that appears designed to promote her upcoming appearance as an “empowerment speaker” at the Essence Music Festival, Shaunie O’neal, executive producer of the hit show, “Basketball Wives,” was given the solemn task of analyzing the complex issue of black female portrayals in American media.  Choosing Shaunie to represent the disappointing images […]

Dr. Boyce & Towanna: The Psychological Impact that Hip-Hop Has on Our Kids (Video)

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In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins speaks with Dr. Towanna Freeman about the impact that negative hip-hop music can have on young women. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO      

Woman Writes YBW: Back on Welfare after 45 Years Off

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From Dr. Boyce Watkins: If you want to see the kinds of things that are coming in my email inbox everyday and why I am so passionate about us fighting the black unemployment problem, please read this letter below in order to get a sense of how black people all over America are suffering. We […]

Dr. Boyce: Al Sharpton and Cornel West Faceoff Once Again

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The National Newspaper Association took advantage of what some expected to be a major prize fight between Cornel West and Rev. Al Sharpton.  The group referred to their gathering at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association as “The Showdown,” letting the world know that they expected Sharpton and West to draw blood, […]

Study: Doctors Denying Specialty Care for Low-Income Children

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World. The University of Pennsylvania conducted a study with callers posing as mothers seeking to obtain pediatric specialty care for their children.  It was found that two-thirds of all children on public insurance were refused by doctors, while only 11 percent of children with private insurance were refused. The […]

Dr. Boyce: Let Me Explain the BET/KKK Comparison in a Bit More Detail (Video)

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In this video, Dr. Boyce Watkins more carefully explains the logic behind his assertion that BET is the new and improved version of the KKK. The article had an emotional and mixed response from the web, with thousands of readers expressing approval, but some questioning whether or not Dr. Watkins was aiming for the right […]

Dr. Boyce: BET Has Officially Become the New and Improved KKK

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Click to see a video with Dr. Boyce Watkins explaining his position on BET in more detail I just spent the week in New Orleans, the powerbase for one of the most talented, powerful and destructive forces in the history of music: Lil Wayne.  I’ve admittedly bopped my head to the tunes of Lil Wayne […]

Study: Menthol Cigarette Ads Targeted Directly at Black Youth

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins A study at Stanford University has concluded that tobacco companies engaged in a series of targeted marketing strategies aimed at convincing black youth to use their products.  The study finds that prices for menthol cigarettes were cut and ads were boosted near California high schools that had lots of black students. […]

Dr. Boyce: The Lessons of Kwame Kilpatrick

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The Michigan parole board agreed on Friday to release former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from prison.  Kilpatrick had spent more than a year behind bars after violating the terms of his probation.  He is set to be out no earlier than July 24, according to a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Corrections. The decision […]

Dr. Boyce: Why I am Ditching Lil Wayne Completely

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I love hip-hop.  I want to support it.  I try to understand those who are a few years behind me and support their efforts to become empowered and thoughtful individuals.  But after hearing the lyrics from a Lil Wayne song (an artist who’d already pushed me to the edge), I had to take a moment […]

Dr. Boyce: Black Leaders Declare War on the War on Drugs – Good

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins As the news was recently released that black leaders had convened to attack the 40-year old war on drugs, I could hear the collective “amen” coming from millions of black folks all across America.  I also heard my phone ring at 5:30 am, as a friend of mine in Kansas City […]