In a reflection on the recent flap about India.Arie's alleged skin bleaching, Essence's Janelle Harris says that complexion craziness is tough on everyone but especially painful for darker black women -- and it's our collective responsibility to put a stop to it.
Contemplating her own history in the church and reports on the increasing number of young people without religious affiliations, Essence's Janelle Harris says she's going to hold on to her beliefs, even if they don't make sense in the eyes of others.
Essence blogger Janelle Harris takes up the question of black authenticity in light of the "cornball brother" comments ESPN2's Rob Parker made about Robert Griffin III. Parker may not have expressed it the right way, she argues, but she gets his point.
Blogging at Clutch magazine, Janelle Harris tackles the perennial problem of women who try to win the affections of men by giving up themselves and their own money when they should be looking out for number one.