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Consensual Non-Monogamy: It’s Not Just For White People

Lawrence from Insecure


On last night’s episode of Insecure, Molly quipped that she thought open relationships were some white people shit. OK, she didn’t say it exactly like that, but that was indeed her point.

Consensual non-monogamous relationships are are not just for white people. I wrote a piece on The Root discussion my own experience with it.

Many of us were raised on the idea that we would grow up and find one person that we would marry and be with forever until death do us part. We would have children with this person, buy a home with this person, and build a life with this person that would look like some combination of all the ‘perfect’ families we watched on television and live happily ever after in monogamy.

Read “No, Open and Non-Monogamous Relationships Are Not Just For White People

LeVar Burton Is Being Sued Over ‘Reading Rainbow’

LeVar Burton

LeVar Burtond (Photo by Andrea Bracaglia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

In today’s episode of Black People Can’t Have a Damn Thing, Not Even if We Played a Major Role in Building It From the Ground Up, actor LeVar Burton is being personally sued by a Buffalo, N.Y., public broadcasting station that wants to stop him from using a Reading Rainbow catchphrase on his new podcast.

Read “LeVar Burton Is Being Sued by a Public Broadcasting Station Over Reading Rainbow

Commentary: I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Fucked My Share of Lawrences


Insecure (HBO)

Sunday’s episode of the HBO show Insecure led to a lot of discussion across social media.

I originally spoke about it in my own thread on Twitter.

That Twitter thread led to me writing a piece on The Root sharing my own experiences.

Insecure regularly reminds me of the lessons I am thankful to have learned in my late 20s and early 30s about relationships, sexuality and owning my womanhood. As the second season gets off to a hard and fast start, I am reminded that I have been Issa, I have been Tasha and I have fucked my fair share of Lawrences over the years.

Read “I Have Been Issa. I Have Been Tasha. I Have Had My Fair Share of Lawrences

Rumor About OJ Getting Caught Masturbating Is False

OJ Simpson

O.J. Simpson (R) s (Photo by Steve Marcus-Pool/Getty Images)

A rumor spread across the Internet and social media on Wednesday that alleged OJ Simpson could miss out on the possibility of parole because he had been caught by a female corrections officer masturbating in his cell. People were amused by the fact that something as seemingly innocuous as relieving his sexual urges into a sock (or a tissue or a towel or whatever) could cause OJ to have to remain in prison.

Read “OJ Simpson’s Parole Is NOT In Jeopardy Because He Let Loose the Juice In His Prison Cell

#EbonyOwes – NABJ Calls Out Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Shots fired! The National Association of Black Journalists on Thursday named Ebony magazine (along with Fox News) as its choice for its annual “Thumbs Down Award,” which puts on blast anyone that does something especially to black people or black journalists.

Read “#EbonyOwes: Ebony Magazine Gets the Thumbs Down From the National Association of Black Journalists

Barry Jenkins to Adapt James Baldwin Novel For the Screen

Barry Jenkins

Barry Jenkins speaks onstage at Oscars Feb. 26, 2017. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Barry Jenkins, director of the Oscar-winning feature film Moonlight, has plans to bring more Black excellence to the screen in the form of a screen adaption of If Beale Street Could Talk, a novel by celebrated Black author James Baldwin.

Read “‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins to Write, Direct Film Version of James Baldwin Novel

I love you, 2 Chainz

Pink Trap House

Pink Trap House (Instagram/@hairweavekiller)

I have a confession: I secretly love 2 Chainz. OK, maybe it’s not so secretly, because my friends know that any time he appears on a song, I am going to turn the volume up as loud as it can go on his parts, and I’m going to rap along at the top of my lungs.

Read “2 Chainz Just Gave Me a Few More Reasons to Love Him

Kamala Harris’ Black Music Month Playlist Broken Down By Song

Kamala Harris

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Kamala Harris, the junior Democratic U.S. Senator from California, released a Spotify playlist in honor of Black Music Month on Tuesday, featuring 50 of her favorite tracks from black artists in the fields of rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, hip-hop, rap, soul, pop, reggae and funk, allowing us a peek into her personality and what gets her moving.

Karrueche Tran Granted A 5-Year Restraining Order Against Chris Brown

Karrueche Tran and Chris Brown

Karrueche Tran (L) and Chris Brown (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)

Let the relationship between Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran be an object lesson in what not to do when you break up with someone, because let’s be honest: Chris Brown terrorized this girl all over social media, and it wasn’t cute or funny in the least. A judge has granted Tran a 5-year restraining order against Brown to keep her safe.

Read “Karrueche Tran Gets 5-Year Restraining Order Against Creepy Ex-Boyfriend Chris Brown

Google Launches ‘Lynching in America’ Site

Lynching in America

Lynching in America/EJI

Google and the Equal Justice Initiative launched a new website Tuesday that explores the history and legacy of racial terror in the United States, specifically during the period between the Civil War and World War II, when over 4,000 Black Americans were lynched in this country.

Art Collector Sells Lichtenstein For $150 Million to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

Lichtenstein Masterpiece

Roy Lichtenstein’s “Masterpiece” (1962). CreditEstate of Roy Lichtenstein

Agnes Gund is an art collector who sold her prized 1962 Roy Lichtenstein “Masterpiece” for $150 million, one of the 15 highest known prices ever paid for artwork, in order to start a fund that supports criminal justice reform and seeks to reduce mass incarceration in the United States.

Read “Influenced By ‘The New Jim Crow’ and ’13th,’ Art Collector Sells Painting For $150,000 to Start Criminal Justice Reform Fund

‘Wrong Answer’: New Movie From Ryan Coogler Starring Michael B. Jordan

Michael B Jordan and Ryan Coogler

CENTURY CITY, CA – JANUARY 09: (L-R) Actor Michael B. Jordan and Director Ryan Coogler                                      (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images)

Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan are building on the Black Boy Magic they brought to the screen in Fruitvale Station and Creed (and undoubtedly in the upcoming Black Panther) by teaming up for a new film project, an education scandal called Wrong Answer.

Read “Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, Ta-Nehisi Coates Team Up For New Movie ‘Wrong Answer’

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