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Yolanda Young is a frequent contributor to USA Today. Her work has also been featured in The Washington Post and on NPR. She is the author of the memoir, On Our Way To Beautiful (Random House) and the founder of www.onbeingablacklawyer.com.

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From Prostitute to Professor: The 7 Lessons of Maya Angelou's Messy Life

(3) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 8:48 PM

The death of Dr. Maya Angelou provided us the opportunity to once again delight in her memoirs, which chronicle the eclectic, bohemian first half of her life. Yet, we know from her writings that such praise was often withheld as she pursued her dreams of being a dancer and poet...

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What Black Women Could Learn From the Kardashians

(124) Comments | Posted February 18, 2010 | 10:42 AM

When will New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush pop the question to his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian? There were rumors he'd propose after the Super Bowl. The Los Angeles Times blogged in an allusion to the imminent engagement, "Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush Ring in Valentine's Day in...

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Will Young Women Heed Rihanna's Lesson?

(3) Comments | Posted January 28, 2010 | 11:08 AM

As we prepare to watch The Grammy's air this weekend, I'm reminded that it was one year ago that a generation of women learned that domestic violence can happen to anyone.

On February 8, 2009, following a pre-Grammy party, the hip-hop entertainer, Chris Brown assaulted his pop star girlfriend, Robyn...

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What Eric Holder's Tenure at Covington & Burling Says About Blacks and BigLaw

(6) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 7:21 PM

This week, Attorney General nominee, Eric Holder Jr., will probably be confirmed by the Senate. It is a historic moment and one that Holder has seemingly been working towards for much of his career. He has served as a US Attorney for the District of Columbia and a Deputy Attorney...

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Law Firm Segregation Reminiscent of Jim Crow

(12) Comments | Posted March 17, 2008 | 11:35 AM

At Georgetown University Law Center, I studied Constitutional Law with Father Robert Drinan. Having served paradoxically as both a priest and a Congressman, he was an apt guide through the maze of cases--Plessy v. Ferguson, Brown v. Topeka Board of Education, and the Bakke decision--that underscored the dichotomy between...

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