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Family/Youth Last Updated: Mar 10th, 2011 - 17:08:13

A Black Parent's Confession
It's Never Just Another Swim Meet.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Feb 4, 2011, 17:07

Checklist For Having a Baby
Photo/Copyright By E. Iverem
It's more than picking a name or a paint color for the nursery. For those of you who are contemplating starting a family, please read on. Here is a list of questions you may want to discuss with your mate. From I Must Let My People Know By Dalani Aamon

Nov 30, 2010, 14:00

The Myth of Black Male Privilege?
The Black family cast of the 70's television show "Good Times"

Gender privilege is no myth and despite the structural crisis that Black men face in American society, they often function with significantly more advantages than Black women.
By Mark Anthony Neal

Mar 31, 2010, 12:00

Embarrassed By Lyrics
Queen Ifrica inspires many with her conscious music.
A high school student writes: "On many days, I need to hear just one conscious song, something that gives me 1/20th of the inspiration to keep pushing toward the future—or anything positive for that matter."
R. Zahrah Pelzer

Apr 14, 2009, 11:07

Bi-Racial Students Struggle
Bi-racial students at Howard University say they face discrimination for having a Black parent and White parent—on a historically Black campus.
By Jan Ransom

Jan 16, 2009, 10:39

'Grand Theft' of Innocence
A "prostitute" ripe for murder on the video game Grand Theft Auto.
A journalism professor wonders aloud about the lessons being taught through video games such as "Grand Theft Auto," and about how much parents know about their children's online and gaming life. By Harry Amana

Aug 22, 2008, 16:08

No Newspaper for Howard U.
Due to a decline in advertising revenue and accumulating debt, Howard University’s The Hilltop, the first daily student newspaper at a historically Black college or university (HBCU), has ceased print publication until at least this fall and is currently only available online.
By Jan Ransom

Apr 18, 2008, 09:26

AIDS and Black Youth
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blacks accounted for 49 percent of the new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in the United States in 2005. A recent symposium at Howard University explored AIDS and the hip-hop generation.
By Brittany Hutson

Apr 11, 2008, 10:48

My Brother is Different
The author, left, with her mother and brother Cornel, right.
Ever since I was a little girl, I always knew that something was different about my brother. Eventually, my mom explained to me that Cornel has a disability called autism.
By Jade Earle

Feb 28, 2008, 15:36

Learning to Love Her Hair
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A high school student recalls how she used to be ashamed of her natural hair until she embraced the part of herself "that is not afraid to ask questions or be independent of what society dictates as normal."
By Judith Tonkins

Dec 14, 2007, 09:01

Fear of a Black Fist
In the debut of his column, Young Fly Scholar, 17-year-old Rodney Dugue discusses how a Black power symbol on a high school flier instilled fear and flew in the face of Black male stereotypes.

Aug 9, 2006, 23:28

Teen Admits He Needs a Belt
So she finally decided to formally introduce me to her family...I decided to wear a decent collared shirt with some dress pants. The only problem was that my belt was nowhere to be found. It was at this point that I realized the universal importance of a belt. By Rodney Dugue, SB's Young, Fly Scholar

Oct 16, 2006, 15:43

A Beeline to the Top
In an interview with, Keke Palmer tells how her own experiences have mirrored the challenges faced by the character she portrays in "Akeelah and the Bee."
By Jade Earle

May 23, 2006, 07:48

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Order Esther Iverem’s We Gotta Have It: Twenty Years of Seeing Black at the Movies. 1986-2006. An essential overview of the “New Wave” in Black cinema—a complex, often surprising perspective on art, society, and history.  More than 400 reviews, plus essays and interviews from your favorite movie critic.

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"Esther Iverem brings a voice that is deft, insightful and good-humored to the subject of African American culture."
      --Tavis Smiley

"Esther Iverem… is, hands down, one the smartest cultural critics of her generation. This wonderful romp through the last two decades of black-subject films will have you visiting your local video store on the regular.  It’s one of those book we gotta have."
      --Robin D. G. Kelley

"The work of African American filmmakers continues to out pace critiques and commentary by African American film critics. Esther Iverem closes this gap.
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