Teacher: why I helped students cheat: An unidentified educator claims that the difficulty of the tests not only puts teachers' jobs in jeopardy but also crushes students' spirits.

Eight natural-hair anthems: Madamenoir has a list of tunes to celebrate and encourage those who eschew "creamy crack."

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Black artists who died in their prime: Never mind that Amy Winehouse wasn't black. Black Enterprise has compiled a list in her honor: African-American artists who passed away long before we were done with their music.

Poll: House GOP and Tea Party biggest losers in debt deal: According to poll results released by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Washington Post, the American public views our government's recent budget talks as "ridiculous, disgusting, stupid, and frustrating." And those on the far right come out the worst. Only time will tell whether these sentiments translate to the big poll in 2012.

In other news: Black, Wealthy, Separate and Unequal.