Author Archives: Cheryl_McCourtie

About Cheryl_McCourtie

Baldhead Empress, Cheryl McCourtie, has been a magazine editor and writer, and a nonprofit fund-raiser and communications specialist. Raised in Liberia, Malawi and Swaziland, she is avidly interested in women across the globe, in particular and people in general. The Baldhead Empress site is one of affirmation. Cheryl looks forward to sharing her positivity with as many like-minded people as possible. One Love!.

Naming the Monster: Misogyny in the Black Community

I love you Tamron Hall, but you’re wrong.  Wrong to pardon Snoop Dogg so easily for threatening journalist Gayle King’s life.  Wrong to give him a pass after his weak apology more than a week later.  I get that heRead the Rest »

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Vito Boscaino Hates Me, and I Don’t Know Why

Sunday December 19, 2020 Vito Boscaino hates me, and I don’t know why.  A few days ago, he posted on Facebook a doctored photo of Michelle Obama that portrayed her as a man with a beard and referred to herRead the Rest »

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Why Black People Shouldn’t Care About the Sussexes & Megxit

It was 1994, and I was a junior fundraising employee at New York City Mission Society (NYCMS) when I found out that Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, would be visiting our youth programs.  The senior fundraising position was vacant,Read the Rest »

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Pilgrimage to Ghana

I am one of the lucky ones.  One of the almost one million African diasporic people who visited Ghana as part of the Year of Return—a campaign designed by the Ghanaian government to invite all Africans home.  The indigenous versionRead the Rest »

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Amazing Grace or Amazing Ignorance?

When I was a seventh grader in a Massachusetts boarding school my hall prefect told me that all Black people look alike.  I laughed—or rather cackled—at the foolishness of this girl. I thought of her as “mental,” in the commonRead the Rest »

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Teach Me Tonight

When I was an undergrad at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, I was in an often-rancorous class called Race Relations in American Society. This nontraditional course was taught on Thursday evenings by a Black former military officer, Jim Vance, thenRead the Rest »

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Surviving Ourselves: the Aftermath of the R. Kelly Docuseries

Like millions of other people in this nation, I was riveted by the six-part documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly.  It forces us, particularly as Black women, to examine our own lives, and to come to terms with how we promulgate misogyny.Read the Rest »

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Atlanta Journal

You forget you’re in the South when you’re in Atlanta. Until you end up in an Uber on the back roads leading from the city to one of the new suburban enclaves. Then you hold your breath as your otherwiseRead the Rest »

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The Freaks Come Out at Night

The freaks come out at night The freaks come out at night The freaks come out at night (the freaks come out) The freaks come out at night—Whodini In the 1987-1990 TV show Beauty and the Beast, the part-animal part-humanRead the Rest »

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A Sexual Assault Survivor Gets Angry

In Massachusetts, sexual assault is defined as any crime in which the offender subjects the victim to sexual touching that is unwanted and offensive. The unwanted sex act is one that is forced upon someone, whether it is penetration orRead the Rest »

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