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Has Magic Sold his soul to payday lenders?

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  Zac Bissonnette says of Magic Johnson’s business practices, he has “sold his soul to predatory financial companies.” During an appearance on CNN, Zac mentions that there is a large industry of banks and finance companies that are designed to take advantage of low income minorities.  Many of these organizations include companies like Rent a Center or payday lenders, many of whom make loans that many experts might consider predatory….

Does the music industry hate black women?

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  Dr Boyce Watkins and Maria Lloyd talk about the disrespect of women in the music industry.       [leadplayer_vid id=”5354B7BA7518F”]

Jay-Z referred to Solange as a “private school thug”

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Nobody knows what happened in the fight between Solange Knowles and the rapper Jay Z.  Some media outlets are reporting that the two got into it over a Rihanna party and some other stuff, but nobody really knows for sure.  Also, nobody knows how that vido was leaked to TMZ which led to all the craziness in the first place. But one thing that people do know is that Jay-Z…

Dr Monique Morris: How reality TV is ruining young black women

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There was once a time when black women had Clair Huxtable to look up to as a role model.  Now they’ve got Nene Leakes and Evelyn Lozada.  Is this a fair tradeoff or one that makes sense? Probably not. Dr Monique Morris, an expert on black women and girls, says that reality TV might be one of the worst things to happen to young black women.  Dr. Morris speaks with…

Huge Inspiration from Life Class and Oprah

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  Visualize your life daily and what you want to manifest, and see what happens. Create your life!! April Taylor In one of Oprah Winfrey’s recent Life Class posts, she discusses the need to focus and believe in the things you want to achieve in order to see them manifest. One of the first things she discusses is how the ego is the biggest roadblock that keeps people from moving…

Jay-Z, Solange and keeping the right people around you

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In this Financial Lovemaking episode, Dr Boyce Watkins and S. Tia Brown discuss the fight between Jay-Z and Solange Knowles.  The focus is not on the gossip behind it all, but on what we can learn about protecting ourselves from people who might be harmful to have in your life. What do you think?  Can a man be abused as well as a woman? Is it ever ok to put…

This popular web series brings the beautiful black skin we should see on TV

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When the hit HBO series Sex and the City wrapped in 2004— with the finale of Girlfriends following after— there was an undeniable void left in television for women. The small screen was missing a show with relatable, likable female characters that exhibited the everyday conversations and concerns of average women. It was absent of the kind of show that women and even men could watch for fashion ideas, laughs…

Solange isn’t always bad: Here’s a great video of her dancing with Beyonce

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This is a video from a few months ago, with Beyonce dancing with her sister Solange at the Coachella Music Festival.  Everyone is talking about Solange, at least recently, due to her spat with Jay-Z on an elevator, but there is much more to her than meets the eye. Notice how she has solid and fluid dance moves that coordinate quite well with her sister. She’s pretty talented in her…

Rev. Jesse Jackson speaking at UCLA in 1972

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Rev. Jesse Jackson is speaking at UCLA and he’s only 32 -years old.  The funny thing is that he sounds a lot like he does now. Check it out.  First, some background, thanks to wikipedia: Jackson was born in Greenville, South Carolina, to Helen Burns, a 16-year-old high school student, and her 33-year-old married neighbor, Noah Louis Robinson, a former professional boxer who was an employee of a textile brokerage and…

These black people will make you proud

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In 1963, Birmingham, Alabama was considered to be arguably the most segregated city in the United States.  There was a huge sacrifice to confront the powers that were seeking to keep black people “in our place.” This is a video which documents the struggle of those who fought for freedom during this difficult time.  It also shows us what we’ve had to go through in order to have the freedoms…

Real Cool Soul Train Line to Curtis Mayfield’s “Get Down”

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Everybody loved Curtis Mayfield.  He was one of a kind.  Here’s something that will make you feel good.  It’s a Soul Train line to Curtis Mayfield’s “Get Down.”  Check it out. But before you watch, here’s the basics on Mayfield, courtesy of Wikipedia: Curtis Lee Mayfield (June 3, 1942 – December 26, 1999) was an American soul, R&B, and funk singer, songwriter, and record producer. He achieved mainstream solo success and recognition from being involved…

Did Dr. Dre’s drinking possibly cost him his deal with Apple?

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The media recently reported that Dr Dre was going to be the richest man in all of hip-hop.  It was revealed that he would sell his Beats by Dre brand to Apple for $3.2 billion dollars.  This was set to be the biggest deal ever made in hip-hop history. But then, there were reports that Dre’s decision to brag about the deal on a video with Tyrese may end up…

Barbara Walters asks Richard Pryor if he has AIDS

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This video is one of those classics that you just have to see.  Everyone knows that Richard Pryor was the first black comedian to truly set the world on fire.  But people also know that he was a troubled man who struggled with drug abuse and a host of other issues. Part of the reason for Pryor’s struggles is that he grew up in difficult circumstances, with his mother working…

Steve Harvey’s emotional tribute to his mom! [Full Video]

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Steve Harvey is a man of many talents, who is respected world-wide.  But he is also a man who appreciates family values.  Like the rest of us, Steve has a mother who made it all possible for him, and allowed him to become the man that he is today. This video is a very touching tribute to Steve’s mother, and might bring tears to your eyes.  We know that mothers…

The Life And Times Of Dinah Washington

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  Most of us don’t know the story of Dinah Washington  Dinah is one of those important, yet lost figures in black history, who made a variety of contributions, particularly in music and the arts.  She referred to herself as the “Queen of Blues,” and was an inductee into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s more of her bio: Dinah Washington,…