Should Essence Magazine Have a White Male Managing Editor?


by Dr. Boyce Watkins Essence Magazine has made the interesting and controversial decision to hire a white male as its managing editor.  I cocked my head to the side when I heard about the move by Editor-in-Chief Constance White to let Michael Bullerdick, a white male, run the day-to-day operations of a magazine which prides […]

Republican Sign Document Saying that Black Families were Better Off Under Slavery


Your Black World reports. Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann, two leading Republican Presidential candidates, have put their foots in their mouths as it pertains to the sensitive issue of slavery.   Both of the candidates signed something called “The Marriage Vow,” which is a document circulated by a Christian conservative group out of Iowa.  In […]

Former Mayor of Atlanta Weighs in on School Cheating Scandal


Your Black World reports. Shirley Franklin, the former mayor of Atlanta brought her thoughts into the fold over the recent cheating scandal that has plagued the school district.  Former Atlanta School Superintendent Dr. Beverly Hall has been implicated in wide-spread cheating that allegedly took place on standardized tests.  The allegations include threats to whistle-blowers and […]

Why CNN, HLN and MSNBC Won’t Have a Black Prime Time Anchor for a While


by Dr. Boyce Watkins I recently noticed that the NAACP joined the call of other civil rights public figures (I’m not sure how I feel about the word “leaders”) in asking CNN and other networks to open the door for African American representation in nightly prime time news slots.  I was happy to see them […]

Black Economic Gains Wiped Out During “The Great Recession”


Your Black World. Before the recession hit in 2008, millions of African Americans had found their way out of poverty and into the middle class.  After the recession, many of them have been knocked right back to where they came from.  Black unemployment stands at a staggering 16.2 percent after the latest economic report, and […]

Beware of Politicians and Media Seeking to Control Your Thinking

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Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World – Scholarship in Action I saw a headline today involving Pastor Jeremiah Wright.  The headline stated the following: “Jeremiah Wright’s Church Denomination Banishes ‘God the Father’ for Gay Inclusion.”  The headline was interesting in that it almost seemed to imply that Jeremiah Wright had made the decision himself. What was most peculiar […]

Dr. Boyce: Dallas Cowboys Star Roy Williams Gets Ring Back From Ex-Girlfriend – Hmmmm


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. Dallas Cowboys star Roy Williams got the world’s attention when he sent a $75,000 engagement ring and videotaped proposal to former Miss Texas, Brooke Daniels.  Daniels had been Williams’ girlfriend for a year, but she turned down the player’s engagement request.   She did, however, decide to keep the ring. A […]

Former Cemetery Director Gets 12 Years in Prison


Your Black World reports. A former cemetery director out of Chicago is headed to prison after it was determined that hundreds of graves were dug up and “double stacked,” with remains being desecrated.  Carolyn Towns, a 51-year old woman who ran Burr Oak Cemetery, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.  She pleaded guilty to […]

NFL Star Hines Ward Arrested for Drunk Driving


Your Black World reports. Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward was arrested early Saturday morning on charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol.  Ward was later released on $1,300 bond.   He was booked at 3:41 am and arrested in DeKaulb County. The 35-year old Ward has had a successful NFL career, making it […]

Man Jailed, Loses Car, Job By Trying to Cash Legitimate Check at Chase


by Dr. Boyce Watkins. You wouldn’t think that one of your worst nightmares would start with trying to cash a check for thousands of dollars.  But this is what happened to 28-year old Ikenna Njoku, who found that simply trying to cash a legitimate check would put him in jail for four days and cause […]

7-Year Old Girl Killed at Church by Falling TV


A 7-year old girl was killed at church this week when a TV fell and hit her in the head.  She was in front of her family when the event took place.  Officers in Colusa, CA, which is near Sacramento, said that the girl was trying to move a cart holding a large TV when […]

Man Kills Seven on Rampage, including His Daughter, then Shoots Himself

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Your Black World reports. Rodrick Shonte Dantzler, 34, killed himself last night after a long stand off with police.  During the standoff, Dantzler held several hostages after killing seven people.  Two of those he allegedly killed were his ex-girlfriend and their daughter. “We’d have much rather got the suspect to surrender peaceably … but that […]

President Obama Remains in Heated Battle with Republicans Over Debt Limit Increase


Your Black World reports. President Obama is in the middle of significant negotiations regarding the national debt and the nation’s tax system, and the pressure is starting to mount.  The sticking point with President Obama and the Republicans is the national debt ceiling and whether it should be raised.  The president claims that both sides […]

Ayvaunn Penn Performs: “Going Home” – Living Your Best Life While You’re Still Breathing


In this episode of Your Black Poets, YBW’s Ayvaunn Penn performs “Going Home,” a poem by Catherine Whitehead out of Chicago, IL.  If you’d like your poetry featured on Your Black Poets, please send Ayvaunn a note.   CLICK HERE TO WATCH                

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


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


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 […]

“I Just Ran that Nigger Over”: Black Man Killed in Apparent Hate Crime


Your Black World reports. A black man was run over by two white men in a pickup truck in Mississippi in what authorities are defining to be a serious hate crime.  James Anderson, 49, was killed when a Ford pickup truck hit him outside a hotel near Jackson on June 26.  He later died in […]

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


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


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 […]

Innocent Man Jailed For Closely Resembling Police Sketch


Your Black World reports. A man in New York was sent to jail for nearly seven month after several victims falsely identified him as the man on a police sketch.  He was accused of four muggings,  where the victims all picked him out of a lineup.  Lanell Dowling, the 26-year old man who had the […]

Divine Intervention? Teen Who Invented ‘Talk to God’ App Wakes from Coma


Your Black World reports. Allen Wright, the young man who invented an app called “A Note to God,” sat up in his hospital bed and spoke, which was something he’d not done for a while.  Wright was the victim of a hit-and-run accident that left him in a coma for over eight days.   The […]