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Cosby Show Actor Geoffrey Owens’ Response to Being Work Shamed. “Every Job is Worthwhile & Valuable.”

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Photo: Geoffrey Owens IG By Brenda Alexander Erykah Badu said it best when she sang, “Work ain’t honest but it pays the bills.” In the context of her song, she was referencing selling drugs, but those lyrics can apply to every walk of life as we’ve all found ourselves in work spaces that weren’t at the top of our vision…

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The Astounding Ways Aretha’s Home Going Connected Our Past and Present

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Aretha Franklin By Brenda Alexander We have all heard, or watched, the multi-day memorial plus 8-hour funeral in celebration of our beloved Aretha Franklin. Her life and legacy goes far beyond music. As Rolling Stone put it, “Aretha’s voice sang across decades of change and turmoil for black America.” Her mission outside of music to fight for the advancement of…

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Once a Mean Girl Always a Mean Girl? Evelyn Lozada & the Struggle to “Fix Her Life”

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Evelyn Lozada By Brenda Alexander I knew the moment Evelyn Lozada signed on to be an official cast member of Basketball Wives again that the “work” she claimed she put in to “fix her life” with Iyanla was shot to shit. After all, why would you retreat from having your own show that depicted your life as a mom, businesswoman…

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The Hypocrisy of the Braxton’s Family Values

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Photo Courtesy of WE TV By Brenda Alexander Nothing irritates me more than seeing black kinfolk treating each other like enemies on any public space while we and non-coloreds (i.e. white people) sit and consume their familial drama for entertainment. We have enough outsiders preying on our downfall for us to partake in the mess, especially publically. Unfortunately, this has…

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Aretha Franklin: 7 Unforgettable Moments from a Queen

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Aretha Franklin By Brenda Alexander By now the world has learned and is mourning the passing of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. For the past 60+ years, she’s provided a musical soundtrack crossing as a backdrop to an ever changing world. Donned one of the greatest voices of all time, her gift crossed multiple genres, generations, racial, political, social…

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