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Entries by Dr. Boyce Watkins from 03/2012

Slowing Down the Death March of Commercialized Hip Hop

| Posted 03.07.2012 | Black Voices

While I stand as a man who is truly a fan of hip-hop, I personally argue that we should place boundaries on the messages that we allow artists (and networks) to give to our children.

Black Motherhood Re-Examined: Are We Always Doing Our Best?

| Posted 03.08.2012 | Black Voices

Janelle Harris wrote an interesting article at, discussing stereotypes of Black mothers in America. Like everyone else, I thought back to the women who've influenced me in my life, namely my mother, aunts and grandmothers.

When Unarmed Teens Are Shot for 'Looking Suspicious,' We Should All Be Outraged

| Posted 03.14.2012 | Black Voices

I found myself confused and disturbed by the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The use of deadly force by a neighborhood watchman is enough to create suspicion in the mind of anyone with a working brain.

Trayvon Martin's Death is Just the Tip of the Iceberg When It Comes to Racial Profiling

| Posted 03.22.2012 | Black Voices

As we fight for justice for Trayvon, we must all take a personal moment of silent reflection to consider all of the other Trayvons who've been killed without all of the media attention. What about the kid who went through the same experience but had a criminal record?

Student Becomes Violent Over Trayvon Martin: Why This is a Warning Sign to All of Us

| Posted 03.26.2012 | Politics

We are taught from birth that the rules are different for us, and the stress from dealing with this double standard can be overwhelming. Coping with racism is a skill that takes years to develop, and when it's all said and done, you've simply morphed yourself into half of what you were before.

Are Black Men Afraid of Successful Women?

| Posted 03.27.2012 | Black Voices

For the busy and successful women who are reading this, I will try to save your valuable time and cut to the chase. Your success may be standing in the way of you finding a meaningful relationship, but not for the reasons you might think.