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Oneka LaBennett
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Oneka LaBennett is Associate Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University. She is the author of She’s Mad Real: Popular Culture and West Indian Girls in Brooklyn, and co-editor of Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century. In addition to her contributions to academic journals and edited volumes, LaBennett has published Op-eds in Ms. Magazine and in The Huffington Post. Her Op-ed, “How Does Nicki Minaj Influence Black Girls? Ask Them,” was quoted in the April 2013 issue of Elle Magazine.

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A Black History Month Lesson From Beyoncé and Jay Z

(3) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 8:47 PM

Lifetime kicked off Black History Month with The Gabby Douglas Story, in which the Olympian says Beyoncé inspired her. Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z's usual notoriety has been eclipsed lately by heated reactions to Bey's new album and to the couple's Grammys performance, which sparked questions about...

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Papa's Got a Brand New Outlook on Gay Marriage

(14) Comments | Posted June 15, 2012 | 5:59 PM

When President Obama endorsed marriage rights for same-sex couples on May 9 -- becoming the first American president to do so -- he said his adolescent and pre-adolescent daughters had influenced his thinking. The girls have friends raised by same-sex couples, he said, and they could not imagine that their...

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