We need to put abortion back into its context, which is the lives and bodies of women, but also the lives of men, and families, and the children those women already have or will have.
This is political gamesmanship of the lowest order, playing on media and public fears over a legitimate and terrifying health crisis, to again belittle Obama. And with the stakes sky high in the 2014 midterm elections, the dirty political pool by the GOP was totally predictable.
Everywhere from pop culture to the hood, men are either consciously or subconsciously telling black women they aren't "wanted."
Dr. Gloria I. Joseph has a treasure trove of memories of the renowned Audre Lorde, her late partner. Joseph's long-awaited new book, The Wind Is Spirit: The Life, Love and Legacy of Audre Lorde, gives us a rare glimpse of Lorde, as told by people who knew Lorde or whose work was greatly impacted by her.
If scholars and adherents of Vodou are to be believed, consistent portrayals of 'voodoo' practitioners as barbaric, violent and most of all as African-American, not only influences public perception of our religion, but perception of African-Americans.
Refusing a label or claiming humanism does not excuse Raven from the responsibility she bears as a participant in communities where people are fighting and dying to exist. Nor does it help deconstruct the racist, homophobic systems prevalent in America.
I've never been very good at saving. I'm a spender -- shoes, trips, nights out, you name it. It's a fact that became especially apparent to me when I found myself saddled with $10,000 of credit card debt after graduating from college.
Fellow graduates of historically black colleges and universities, we can and must come to the aid of our institutions while there is still time to make a difference. Fiscal insolvency and the loss of accreditation are two insurmountable challenges from which I have not known any institution to recover. What follows are some concrete steps we can and must take to support HBCUs.
When Thomas Eric Duncan, a visitor from Liberia, became ill in Dallas on September 24, he went, as many people do, to the local hospital emergency room. However, serious questions must be raised about what happened when he did.
The reality is that most black colleges have not accepted sexual identity diversity as an issue with which they need to be concerned. A number of reasons have been suggested -- among these, a level of social and religious conservatism within the black community.
Faith Evans is on a high celebrating 20 years in R&B music. Yet, before executive producing the R&B Divas reality TV franchise or becoming a NY Times best-selling author, the soulful singer from Newark entered the music scene as the first female artist signed to Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs' Bad Boy label back in the early '90s
As I begin to look forward to what awaits me in the Motherland, my Facebook timeline and social media accounts are filled with ignorance and caution about any and everything African.
In his debut feature film, writer/director Justin Simien's perceptive observances take no prisoners.
So exactly how does one go from being a back-up singer for Mary J. Blige and Diddy to presiding over the hit TV judge show Paternity Court? If you're Lauren Lake, it starts with your upbringing.
The leadership dilemma for HBCU presidents is that of broadening access while also advancing high academic standards and strengthening outcomes. The data suggest that this will be a steep climb for most HBCUs.
How do we restore the institution of marriage within the black community? The lines of communication between black men and women have to improve.
Take a moment and try to remember a day during which you didn't spend money, check your credit or bank account, or worry about a financial burden. Can't think of one? Me either.
Do you usually ignore the Open Enrollment period for your employee benefits? While it's easy to feel that once you've signed up everything is covered, times and benefits change. So each year, usually in the fall, most employers offer the opportunity to modify your choices.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
The ambitious series barely made it through the full run of its only season before being yanked off the air. And just as news surfaced of the network folding into what is now known as The CW, it was announced that Williams has been cast in 'Ugly Betty,' an auspicious ABC primetime series revolving around the fashion industry.
Produced by Salma Hayek --another powerful Hollywood Latina-- and featuring rising star America Ferrera ('Real Women Have Curves') in the title role, the one-hour comedy is based on a famous Latin American soap opera ('Betty La Fea'), and has the feel of a lighter, more maleable version of the best-selling book turned box-office hit 'The Devil Wears Prada.'
Williams, in all of her splendid glory, portrays Wilhemina Slater -- the reigning ice queen of the fictional top selling fashion magazine 'Mode' -- on the series, which has been an instant hit for the network.
"When you work, show up and you got a job to do, you're all pretty insulated from it," she said referring to all the buzz surrounding the show. "I don't realize it until I get out there ... and when I'm in the airport, it's a lot of people who are really enjoying the show."
"It's great to be able to do something that I love, and have people tune in and watch, and love it," she added.
Williams, one of the most versatile entertainers of her generation -- garnering acclaim in film, television, music and theater, has a penchant for turning tragedy into triumph.
When you look up the word "resilient" in the dictionary, her photo should show up -- because her career path has epitomized that.
As a pageant queen, she reached the pinnacle of her field when she made history as the first black Miss America in 1983. Because of a nude photo scandal, the Chappaqua, New York native relinquished her crown in 1984 amidst media frenzy.
This all seems like ancient history now, but it is important to note that a lesser-willed individual would've faded into obscurity (like many Miss Americas before and after her).
"It's a matter of being a survivor and not being a flash in the pan, or a one hit wonder," Williams told The BV Newswire. "There's a reason why people have longevity and it's more than one thing. It's community, family, being professional, being good and what you do and loving what you do, and I'm just happy to keep doing it."
And speaking of pageants, the topic of the whole "Donald Trump vs. Rosie O'Donnell Miss USA Scandal" comes up. News media outlets have been in overdrive with the Tara Conner fodder over the past few weeks.
Like me, Williams wonders whether or not it was really worthy of all the hub-bub. "I don't know as much as you might know, but what is the scandal?"
"It's a different organization," she said, referring to Miss America. "One is involved with talent and scholarship money for school and USA I think is kind of just a beauty pageant that goes to Miss Universe. So it's a different set of standards."
"I think it was a lot of hoo-ha," she quipped.
Giving up the Miss America glory isn't the only disappointing dilemma the 'Soul Food' actress had to endure in public. Her second marriage to basketball star Rick Fox ended when he filed for divorce in 2004. As a newly single mother of four children, Williams said that she maintains "good relationships" with both of her former husbands. (She was married to her then-manager Ramon Hervey, II from 1987-1997.)
"We talk everyday, we share meals, we go to church together," she revealed. "It's almost like some things have changed and some things will never change. And our family and our kids together will never go away and will keep us bonded."
"Life is way too short to be filled with resentment and regret and everyday that you are consumed with that, you lose a day of your life. So why?"
Great way to deal -- especially at the start of a new year.
"Certainly, healing is a big process but you have to do it and you have to feel it in order to get to the other side," she continued. "So I'm happy to feel fantastic and grounded and have great relationships."
Is she keeping hope alive about love and marriage for a third go round?
"I don't even know," she answered about the possibility of another whirlwind romance. "You know the best things happen when you least expect it. I'm just living my life, commuting every weekend and at this point, I barely have time for myself let alone a relationship."
On the music front, the Grammy Award nominated singer told of plans her forthcoming recording project; a Brazilian-inspired project pairing her with music legend Sergio Mendes, whom she spent time with during his annual New Year's Eve concert celebration.
"It's going to be a bit of jazz, a bit of Latin, kind of an earthy departure," she said. "I always loved [Brazil], always loved the music, the melody lines always made me feel relaxed and connected and it's the music that I listen to unwind."
Williams currently graces the cover of the January issue of 'Essence' magazine, as part of its "Ageless Beauties" edition. This is her fifth time gracing the cover of the best-selling Black women's' magazine. Because she works at her craft and has mastered her connectivity with audiences --be it in Max Factor commercials or hawking ProActiv acne solution during late night infomercials.
Or just continuing being the beauty she is and emanating her light.
"If you are honest with people, they'll respect you. And they will hold you in high regard," she said. "If you try to BS somebody and skirt around the issue, that's when they come in for the kill. And at this point in my life, at 43 years old, there's nothing that I haven't said, that haven't been said and nothing I've never heard before."