Stacia L.'s Recent Articles

Pre-Pregnancy Parenting Classes: A Good Idea?

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In high school, did you take a “life skills” or social science course that required you to become a “parent” to a bag of flour, a raw egg, or a mechanical doll for a few days? If so, you may recall that you were supposed...

How to Date a ‘Blerd’

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2012 saw the rise of the black nerd in mainstream media. Don’t believe us? Check with CNN. Or The Washington Post. Or NPR. Though the concept of segregating nerddom along racial lines is a bit suspect and certainly has its detractors, the newfound attention black...

Five Things We Need to Leave Behind in 2012

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Another new year is upon us! As usual, we’re all looking forward, some more eager than others to put 2012 in our rear view. But before we go hurtling into a brave new annum, it might be a good idea to take stock of a...

Halle Berry Wants to Play Angela Davis. Can She Do It?

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You know who’s preternaturally beautiful, even as she creeps up on age 50? Halle Berry. You know who has an Academy Award and an Emmy for two above-average portrayals of complicated women? Halle Berry. But you know who I wouldn’t let near an Angela Davis...

Another Open Letter About Nina Simone (This One Spits Fire)

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By now, we’ve all read at least one angry screed or open letter regarding the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. But just when you thought the topic had been entirely exhausted, here comes Aaron Overfield, the website content manager of NinaSimone.com, with a scathing...

Chimamanda Adichie’s New Novel Drops in May 2013

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If you’re at all familiar with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, you know that her books are gems that lend themselves to frequent rereading and — if the upcoming film based on her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, is any indication — to media...