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Yvette Carnell

Entries by Yvette Carnell

The Cute Coefficient: Why White Women Don't Defend Black Women

(35) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 12:54 PM


By now, everyone not hunkered down for the rapture (now scheduled for October) has heard about the Psychology Today article which purported that black women were "objectively less attractive than other women." The article was written by Satoshi Kanazawa, an evolutionary psychology scholar and apparently, sole...

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In Egypt, Words to Live By

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 11:52 AM

On NBC's Meet the Press, New York Times columnist and gasbag Thomas Friedman, who rarely makes a cogent point these days, reflected on a running joke he'd heard while living in Egypt.

In the joke, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak was ill and the people of Egypt sent a message through...

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The Dark Side of WikiLeaks

(10) Comments | Posted January 12, 2011 | 9:41 AM

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Unless you're plugged into the feeds of international news organizations or you get your news directly from the WikiLeaks site, you wouldn't know that many of the WikiLeaks cables delve deeply into issues which impact the continent of Africa and other brown and black...

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In Defense of the Conspiracy Theory

(6) Comments | Posted November 16, 2010 | 1:16 PM

From the 9/11 Truthers to the grassy knoll theorists, proponents of alternative explanations of causation, otherwise known as conspiracy theories, are openly ridiculed and sidelined by the collective red, white, and blue colony. In a country which thumps its chest and proudly proclaims its adherence to the principles of liberty...

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Why France Burns and America Smolders

(6) Comments | Posted October 27, 2010 | 6:06 PM

On the 14th of July in 1789, French revolutionaries stormed the Bastille during what is now widely considered the flashpoint of the French Revolution.

Last week an estimated 3.5 million protesters took to the streets of France in protest of French President Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from...

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Are Money and Profit Behind the Charter School Fever?

(31) Comments | Posted September 29, 2010 | 4:35 PM

The hyperbolic excitement on a recent episode of Oprah wasn't because of a trip to Australia, or one of Oprah's favorite things, but her interview with Waiting for "Superman" director Davis Guggenheim.

Guggenheim, also director of An Inconvenient Truth, gushed about how he hoped his movie would spark a national...

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From Ernest Withers to Riley Freeman: How Informants Seeded the Stop Snitching Campaigns

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2010 | 12:08 PM

"Granddad, Stop Snitchin'!" said little Riley Freeman as Granddad protested the arrest of his marijuana grower. For Riley, not snitchin' and reppin' the streets is what separates the real n*ggas from the fake n*ggas. Riley's dilemma, to snitch or not to snitch, finally came to a head in the Boondocks...

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Not All Poor People Need Our Help

(86) Comments | Posted September 14, 2010 | 11:17 AM

There's been much ado as of late about the invisibility of America's poor. Let Obama tell it, the only community which deserves his administration's tender loving care is the middle class. The battle cry which thundered during the era of MLK and JFK has been hushed to a whisper. Has...

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Obama's Achilles Heel: He's Not African-American

(300) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 12:15 PM

Another Obama address, another failed attempt at messaging by the White House communications team. Instead of using his address from the Oval Office to remind us that he displayed true leadership by going against the tide and opposing the Iraq war when everyone else was for it, Obama proudly asserted...

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Low Black Male Graduation Rates Indicate a Failure in Faith, Not Circumstances

(85) Comments | Posted August 25, 2010 | 12:03 PM

Who was the first person in your life to introduce you to the concept of failure? Now, who was the first person in your life to teach you that failure was not only possible, but probable?

If you consider yourself successful by any measure of the Western standard, then you...

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Why Is Pro-Black Being Attacked? The Unintended Consequence of Political Correctness

(156) Comments | Posted August 5, 2010 | 4:52 PM

Many of the same black people, who marched lockstep to the polls to cast a vote for the first black President and unapologetically admitted that race was the prevailing reason for both their enthusiasm and selection, are now saying that it was beyond the pale for Essence magazine to discriminate...

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The Black Church vs. Marijuana

(13) Comments | Posted July 21, 2010 | 12:51 PM


It didn't surprise me when the late C. Delores Tucker and a bevy of Christian leaders mounted a campaign against gangster rap in the mid 1990's. Gangster rap was ascending on the music charts just as the genre's sexually explicit and violent lyrics were deteriorating hip-hop...

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The Method to Jesse Jackson's Madness

(1) Comments | Posted July 14, 2010 | 2:04 PM

It was bound to happen. Jesse Jackson has infused himself and his huckster brand of leadership into a celebrity fiasco which has no promise of uplifting the broader African-American community. Such behavior is the byproduct of the band of brothers mentality so pervasive among 1960's civil rights leaders who recycle...

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