Woman Gets 18 Years in Prison for Stealing $94 Dollars


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World The economy is making people do all kinds of crazy things.  But even in a declining economy, there are still consequences for poor choices — even if your home has been foreclosed on and your bank account is darn near empty. The Grio reports that “Connie Murray Dumas, 40, will be […]

What Should Be the Punishment for Touching a Black Woman’s Hair without Permission?


By JasmineHughes Even with a growing number of Black women embracing their natural hair, there remains an immense fascination with it, this includes both other races and also some unfamiliar Blacks. It seems the ‘Puffy Hair Movement’ will take some getting used to. For many who don’t know, the term “natural hair” for black women […]

Mary J. Blige Speaks about How Molestation Played a Role in Her Addictions


By JasmineHughes For her episode of VH1’s Behind The Music, that aired this past Sunday, July 24th,  R&B legend Mary J. Blige goes deep into her painful past and opens up about her childhood molestation and how the pain of her abuse led to a near-fatal addiction to alcohol. Continue reading →      

Study: Black Women Die Faster from Breast Cancer than Whites


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World A new study that has been published in theJournal of Clinical Oncologyconcerning the relationship between breast cancer mortality rate and race. According to Reuters, Susan M. Gapstur of the American Cancer Society states that this “new study is the most detailed and well-designed so far.” Continue reading →      

Should You Have to Pay for Someone Else’s Birth Control?


By JasmineHughes There’s a new discussion regarding one of today’s most controversial topics: birth control. In the past it has been questioned why birth control pills are currently not covered by most private insurance plans, but products like Viagra are. It seems change may be coming soon. This week, the non-partisan Institute of Medicine recommended […]

Maid in Center of Strauss-Kahn Rape Trial Finally Speaks to the Public


Your Black World Reports. Nafissatou Diallo is the maid who has accused the head of the International Monetary Fund of sexual assault.   Diallo has decided to go public in her case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn and what happened in that New York City hotel room. Diallo’s credibility has been questioned openly by Strauss-Kahn’s defense attorneys, with […]

Woman Faces Three Yrs in Jail for Jaywalking Right After Losing Her Son

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action Raquel Nelson lost her 4-year old son on April 10, 2010 when they were hit by a driver who left the scene.  Jerry Guy, the driver, was later found by police and admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol and pain killers when the accident […]

A New Way to Make Sure You Get Your Money Right


Unless you’re Warren Buffett, there’s probably something else you could be doing to better manage your money (and he may not get a pass either!).  I know I am guilty of not being as diligent as I should be when it comes to keeping track of spending, staying on a budget, and a whole host […]

Dr. Boyce: Let’s Include Black Women in Meetings with the President


I recently wrote about the scheduled meeting today between President Barack Obama and the presidents of the NAACP and Urban League. Marc Morial and Ben Jealous got together with the president in a situation that is eerily similar to the meeting the three had with Rev. Al Sharpton not so long ago. Any meeting which serves […]

Beyonce Plans to Start Having Kids at the Age of 40


The American songstress released her fourth studio album entitled 4 at the end of last month after taking a break from the industry. The superstar has now revealed her plans to turn her back on her career for a little longer in a bid to start a family with her husband Jay-Z, 41. The 29-year-old […]

Talking Vagina Ad by Summer’s Eve Offends Many Black Women


By JasmineHughes When advertisers try to ‘appeal’ to a specific audience on whom they have failed to do their research, the outcome isn’t so great. That was the case once again in a new Summer’s Eve advertisement that many are saying mixes racial stereotypes in a way that is both sexist and tasteless. The “Summer’s […]

Julianne Malveaux: The Flaws of Budget Brinksmanship on Capitol Hill


by Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President – Bennett College for Women Exactly how long have we known that August 2 is the drop-dead date to increase the debt ceiling? If we don’t do it, our nation will precipitate an international crisis by defaulting on debt that dozens of other countries carry and by signaling that the […]

Woman Has Chemicals Thrown in Her Face by Boyfriend’s Jealous Ex


by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World Takia Anderson and Tamara Jackson put their heads together on a plan to ruin the face of Katrina Watts — a girl they apparently both disliked.   Jackson had become jealous of Watts’ relationship with her ex-boyfriend and sought ways to permanently harm the woman she hated the most. The […]

Ashley Shante: The Struggles of Single Black Mothers in America (Video)


In this performance, actress Ashley Shante does a depiction of a single mother with several children speaking about her boyfriend on death row.   The performance also speaks to the deferred dreams of a woman who is realizing how difficult life is going to be in a world where she has to fight through so […]

Monica Has a Million Dollar Wedding Dress?


By JasmineHughes We’ve all been rooting for the adorable new couple consisting of the singer Monica and former L.A. Laker Shannon Brown.  Much of the public was elated to hear of their secret, quickie wedding last November, but their love story is still making headlines as the couple wed for a second time on July […]

Former Cop Allegedly Conspired with Son to Kill Girlfriend


By JasmineHughes A former North Chicago cop conspired with his son and another man to kill his girlfriend in a River Forest parking lot Monday night, police officials said. Devin A. Bickham, 39, his son, also named Devin Bickham, 20 and Cardell Taylor, 35, were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 29-year-old […]

Over 3/4 Black Women Not Happy with Essence Choice of White Male Editor


A recent Your Black World Survey found that over three-fourths (78.2%) of black female respondents were unhappy with a recent decision by the magazine to hire a white male managing editor.  Michael Bullerdick was chosen to be the managing editor for the magazine that considers itself to be a leading voice for African American women. […]

Jasmine Hughes: The “Nap”tural History of Black Women


by Jasmine Hughes, Your Black World. How a person wears their hair says a lot about them. It can be worn big and free or sleek and straight; statements will be made and perceptions will soon follow. During slavery in the United States, most African Americans, torn form their roots (quite literally) attempted to style […]

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 […]

Deborrah Cooper: Look Out for the Thirsty Men on Facebook


Deborrah Cooper from SurvivingDating.com talks about what she refers to as “thirsty men on Facebook.” She talks about watching out for men who are trying to manipulate women on Facebook and seeking an escape from their marriages.  She says that this form of harassment is no different from what women see on the street. CLICK […]

Catty, Evil Black Women Have Become the Norm on Reality TV: Should Black Women Accept This?


From NewsOne.com If you didn’t know a thing about Black folks, what would you think if you turned on your TV? Whether it’s “Basketball Wives,” “Love & Hip-Hop,” “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” series, or “Single Ladies” (although not a reality show, it’s along the same lines), chances are, you would leave those shows with […]