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In 2014, a lot of folks expressed their opinions. But not enough folks expressed informed opinions, as professional punditry has made a lot of people rich who are better at foaming at the mouth than they are actually sharing relevant information.

Fortunately, you could always come to to hear from some folks who had some actual information/experience/education behind their thoughts. Here are our top 10 commentaries of 2014 as selected by clicks, comments, and social sharing.

How Black Do You Have To Be To Be Black Enough?

BAW newcomer Zach Burgess struck a chord with his column on Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl champion quarterback Russell Wilson, who it was said wasn’t “Black’ enough for some of his teammates.

Some People Are Mad At Charles Barkley Because He’s Right

CNN broadcaster and BAW columnist Don Lemon also captured the attention of readers with his take on the always controversial Charles Barkley. 

Don Lemon: Are We Too Sensitive About Race?

Months before the shootings of Michael Brown of the killing of Eric Garner, a CNN panel debated whether Americans had become too sensitive about race.

Should Pastor Apologize For Calling Black Women Hoes?

Longtime BAW columnist Michael Cottman took on Pastor Andy Thompson who made controversial comments about ‘hoes’ in a sermon that went viral. (Later in the year, Pastor Jamal Bryant would also use the term. Sigh.)

Do What The Cops Tell You

Our esteemed leader Tom Joyner took on a police officer who suggested that people would avoid bad results if they simply did what the police ordered no matter what the circumstances.

Thug Passion: Let’s Give Jeremy Meeks His Life Back

Like a lot of other living, breathing women, I thought Jeremy Meeks’ mug shot was hot, even if his backstory wasn’t so sexy. But I also thought that a man facing a lengthy prison sentence who never asked for the attention should get a break from the media.

Do Black Artists Need The Grammys and The Oscars?

After less than stellar showings at the Grammys and Oscars, I wondered if Black artists still needed validation from mainstream awards shows.

St. Louis: A City With Two Tales

TJMS producer/author/columnist Nikki Woods told the story of the St. Louis that she personally knows as compared to the region that’s been in the spotlight as an example of the ongoing problems between Black youth and police.

Touching Yourself On Valentine’s Day Is Healthy

TJMS producer/columnist/author/woman about town Deya Direct says single life doesn’t have to be without it’s, ahem, pleasures.

All In The Family: Spreading the Wealth Across Generations 

Tom Joyner talks about leaving a legacy behind –  in his children and via his work raising money for HBCU’s.

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