Articles by: mshenry70
I am a woman. I am an African-American. Belonging to two minorities has shaped my viewpoint on life in more ways than I can count. It is not easy being a woman in an inherently sexist society. Add skin color to the equation and you have me. This is my world and my viewpoint. You do not have to agree with my thoughts but in the end, you will respect me

by / on December 14, 2014 at 10:57 am / in Culture, Current Events, Dysfunctional family dynamics, Society, Uncategorized, Women's issues

Your Blackness is Not My Blackness So Please Stay in Your Lane

The social media can be both a curse and a blessing. It is a blessing because you have the opportunity to read the viewpoints of millions of people. However, it is also a curse because very often, you are also exposed to the ignorant arrogance of people. Especially when it comes to defining “Blackness” because some Black folks have declared […]

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by / on December 6, 2014 at 8:12 pm / in Art, Body, Celebrities, Culture, Current Events, Editorials, Entertainment, Gender, Prejudice, Psychology

White Supremacy, Reality TV, and The African-American Woman

The history of African-American women in America is one in which there has been much joy and a lot of pain. It is not easy being a woman in this society, particularly an African-American woman because they have three strikes against them. They are women, strike one. They belong to a class that is associated with poverty and welfare, strike two. […]

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by / on July 8, 2013 at 10:49 am / in Body, Country, Culture, Editorials, Education, Gender, Sexuality, Society, Women's issues

Educate Not Shame

Slut-shaming is one of the many tools used by American society to embarrass women who are sexually active and have the nerve to actually enjoy sex. Whether by choice or force, women who have sex are ridiculed in cruel and demeaning ways. Example: Cassidy Goodson. Cassidy is a young girl who last year was charged as an adult in the […]

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by / on February 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm / in Culture, Gender, Philosophy, Prejudice, Psychology

Triple Consciousness and the Black Woman

W.E.B Du Bois was a brilliant man. He was an important contributing factor to the new social science named sociology and one of the greatest writers of the African American experience. He introduced the concept of “Double Consciousness”, the way that African Americans viewed themselves, individually and as a group, through the eyes of the society they live in. “It […]

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by / on January 12, 2013 at 12:34 pm / in Miscellaneous, Society

A Traveling Woman

In the spring of this year, a decision that I made last fall will come to fruit and will change my life profoundly for better or worse. I will be leaving Chicago, the city where I have resided my entire life to move to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Employment opportunities in Chicago are scarce and the daily urban violence is slowly killing […]

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by / on November 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Gender, Women's issues

Not the Average American Family

My family would not be considered “normal” by societal standards because I am an unmarried African American single mother. I have three children and I have been a parent since I was sixteen. I was not trying to become a single parent at the age of sixteen but I did so there is no use over crying over spilt milk […]

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by / on September 27, 2012 at 9:37 am / in Culture, Current Events, Editorials, Politics, Prejudice

Why Do Americans Hate Poor People So Much?

Being poor in America sucks big time especially in a materialistic society such as the one we currently live in which a person is judged not for his character but about the amount of money he makes, the car he drives and the neighborhood he lives in.

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by / on September 6, 2012 at 5:20 pm / in Current Events, Editorials, Education

School Strike, Children, Parents & the Mayor

If you were a child born in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was a product of the Chicago Public Schools educational system, you had deal with teachers going on strike. In 1980, 1984, 1985 and 1987, children and their parents were highly inconvenienced by ongoing labor disputes between the teachers, the board of education and various mayors. My […]

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by / on September 4, 2012 at 8:37 am / in Editorials, Gender, Prejudice, Relationships, Sexuality

The Gay Marriage Issue

Marriage is more than a piece of paper. It confers numerous benefits, such as health, disability and life insurance, pension funds and tax refunds for spouses. Many gay couples desire to marry and partake in these benefits but have been denied this right because of their sexuality and that is not fair. According to some individuals, America is the greatest […]

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by / on July 27, 2012 at 10:37 am / in Country, Culture, Current Events, Editorials, Government, News, Old News

Why Having a Bachelor’s Degree Does Not Mean Squat

Every day I sit out of the workforce, the harder it will be for me to find a job because of the stigma that is currently swirling in our society: unemployed folks are a bunch of deadbeat, lazy, trifling individuals looking for a handout.

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