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Power to the People: Hair Texture and Gender Matter to TV News Audiences

(58) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 3:36 PM

If you're a female working on air in television news with naturally wavy, curly or kinky hair, most likely you wear it straightened or you wear a wig that mimics straight hair. Why? Because that's what television news bosses think viewers want to see.

I really never thought about wearing...

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Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin and the 'Threatening' Black Male

(525) Comments | Posted December 8, 2012 | 8:42 AM

During a recent dinner with a friend, our conversation quickly turned to ways to keep our young teenaged sons constructively engaged during the upcoming winter break. Keeping teens busy is a strategy many parents use to keep their kids out of trouble. African American parents often are driven by something...
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Teaching Our Children to Tell and Talk Can Help Heal

(14) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 3:03 PM

Recently two white, plain-clothed Evanston, IL police officers chased my 13-year-old African American son as he attempted to put his bike away in his own backyard. Without identifying themselves they handcuffed him first and asked questions later. The reason offered: he "fit the description" of a burglary suspect because he...
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What's Missing From Television Coverage of Missing Persons?

(16) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 12:42 PM

TV One's "Find Our Missing" debuted Wednesday night. The show aims to highlight blacks and other people of color who go missing, but who have not received the intense national attention that white, often blond and pretty, females get. The phenomenon, known as "Missing White Woman Syndrome," is particularly noticeable...

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