Five reasons why ’13 Reasons Why’ is harmful to young people

Critics of the controversial Netflix show ’13 Reasons Why’ say it glamorizes suicide, a leading cause of death among teenagers. Concerned about the show’s potential to lead to copycat suicides as well as the way it showcases revenge and power, a young writer and mental health advocate explains why the show’s narratives are troubling. “Power […]

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How ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ reached out to a generation in need

A sitcom stable in the 1990s, Will Smith’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” pioneered a new way to portray Black characters and families on television. The shows tells the story and antics of a young, fatherless boy from Philadelphia who moves in with wealthy relatives in California. “The show, through both the seriousness and humor, […]

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Why did we oppose ‘Sorority Sisters’?

Sorority Sisters, a VH1 reality show centered on an African American sorority, met with passionate opposition from advertisers and online petitioners for its negative portrayal of black sororities. But what about the broader portrayal of young black women, regardless of the clubs they join?  “While I applaud the successful effort to get the show dismissed from the air, I am concerned […]

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