In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."
These are women with family-friendly brands. They have made their livings online by being noncontroversial and avoiding the icky parts of life -- the icky parts that I love to dive into head first. But there they were, chiming in and telling me of their own fears and worry, thus mitigating my own ache.
On the one hand, many would argue that with the first black president in office, it is Martin's dream that has been realized. Yet, on the other hand, with endless wars abroad, increasing police brutality at home, and a society more divided than ever, it is safe to say that Malcolm's critique of -- and challenge to -- America has never been more urgent.
The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.
Though it has a shorter legacy than the U.S.' month set aside to honor the achievements of people from the African Diaspora, those in the U.K. also use various mediums to educate the public on the African-Caribbean community.
I was truly disappointed to see that a woman could go out of her way to say something so ignorant about another woman. I would hope that a woman who has been given a platform where she can speak her mind would want to use that platform to empower women not tear them down.
As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.
if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
There is no evidence that the FBI, other intelligence agencies, or the NYPD had a direct hand in Malcolm's murder. But it can't be totally separated from the well-documented, savage war that the FBI waged against black organizations and black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1960s.
Even if the Republicans were to take the White House in 2016, it does not mitigate the underlying problems. A day of reckoning will come when the Republican Party must disavow the temptation of short-term gains in order to compete for voters that represent the changing America.
Why is it that these artists' statements don't receive validity? Isn't John Legend an American? Aren't his feelings and political views valid?
In late 1975, 19-year-old Ricky Jackson was sentenced to die by electrocution. Almost 40 years later, his conviction was overturned, and he walked out the front door of the Cuyahoga County courthouse a free man.
Since 2009, Holder has exercised the powers of his office not merely to preserve the Justice Department as a static institution, as many of his predecessors have done, but to mobilize it as a force for proactive change.
I'm writing this multi-part series to shine a bright light on depression's disproportionate impact on Black LGBTQ persons. As one who's suffered from this illness throughout periods of his life, I can attest to its near-crippling effects.
As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.
It is a reminder that women of power come in all shades of greatness and beauty. It gives us the opportunity to show generations of girls that there is a power within each and every one of us that when used for good can impact humanity for the greater good.
The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
On the Feb. 15 episode of 'The Montell Williams Show,' actor and comedian Mark Curry will reveal the true life tragedy he recently endured for a show centering on guests who overcame enormous odds to rebuild their lives.
The 'Hangin' with Mr. Cooper' star said he lived through a freak accident last spring when he inadvertently knocked an aerosol can of spray starch off a shelf, in his California home.
According to Curry, the can hit a metal wall bracket that connected the water heater to a wall and ruptured, causing an explosion and a fire that engulfed him.
He suffered second degree burns over 18% of his body and spent three days in a medically induced coma.
"It was so bad, I didn't think about it--the pain was so excruciating that I just threw it out. I wanted to kill myself," he revealed to Williams. "By the 4th day, I said, 'I can't do this.' I felt less than a man. I couldn't even look at my own body. I saw my hand with the peeling skin and threw up and I didn't look at myself again."
Curry, who had a memorable role on Kirstie Alley's short-lived reality based Showtime series 'Fat Actress,' says support from fellow comedians helped to lift his spirits and that, coupled with the love and encouragement from his family, made him want to live again.
"Sinbad called, Bill Cosby called and even Martin Lawrence's mother called. She sounded like my mother who'd just passed [away] earlier this year," he shared.
"When the comedians called, they all joked and accused me of freebasing like Richard Pryor," he said, adding, "When Bill Cosby calls, you get up - I don't care what's wrong with you. They made me laugh and that helped."
Photo courtesy of The Montel Williams Show.