The crime of killing someone is now turned into a battle of narratives where the only other person who could challenge the narrative is dead, and millions of people simply believe that the unarmed black man deserved his fate.
If you're young, black and female, your identity might be a liability. Recent studies have proven that online dating can be tainted by racism.
Honestly, it seems like there is maybe one week of summer we can actually enjoy. I don't care if there is pumpkin spice lattes to be had and school supplies to be bought. Summer doesn't end for weeks. Let's stop rushing through the season.
Breastfeeding is our symbol to the world that I will make my best effort to commit to giving my baby the best first food possible, despite my circumstances. And if for some reason if I am unable to, then it was not for lack of trying.
The election of Barack Obama was the Lexington and Concord in the latest great battle of race in America. We are a nation at war with itself. For all of our desire to move beyond the narrow confines of many of the events of our tragic history, we cannot. The president's election gave new life to what had been lying dangerously dormant for the better part of 50 years.
I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.
It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.
"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.
The words "college life" and "savings" are typically not used in the same sentence today. However, for college students preparing to move onto campus this fall, finding ways to save money may very well be as important as their academic major.
The cumulative and convergent toll of subtle, but discouraging, adult actions in schools and other child-serving systems they come into contact with too often impedes the success of children of color, especially those who are poor, and burdens them with an emotional toll they don't deserve.
As a lawyer in that system, I know that the American criminal justice system is institutionally racist, even though the vast majority of people that work within it are people of good will. We can change the system, but that requires us to recognize the problem and commit to making the necessary changes.
Only by participating in the political process, building trust and cooperation with people unlike us, and using our smartphone cameras to expose official misconduct can we make America -- to borrow Dr. King's words -- be true to what we said on paper.
Investment types often trot out the cautionary phrase, "past performance does not necessarily predict future results." And for good reason. Clients must understand that their financial tomorrow is no guarantee. Yet when it comes to the question of whether we are doing enough to ensure that we won't outlive our resources in retirement, we can learn a lot from history.
While this was a controversy over a comic book character, it really played to a larger discussion on race-relations that continues to take place throughout most, if not all, of America. Why shouldn't a talented actor be considered to play a fictional character regardless of race?
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.
Most people tend to fawn over celebrities, but I'm the type of person who is more so enthralled with everyday people who overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve something that seems impossible.
While music and art are entertaining, this is not entertainment. This is the residue of what I feel to be a spiritual and physical quest for a freedom that we can all share.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
March 18 marks the 25th anniversary since legendary R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass suffered a near fatal car accident, which changed his life dramatically.
Yesterday, the beloved Philadelphia native announced that his recently formed Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA) -- a non profit organization which helps people with spinal chord industries build their lives -- will present a star-studded extravaganza to raise funds to further their philanthropic efforts.
"The first question I had after the accident was, 'How am I gonna support my family?" Pendergrass explained to The BV Newswire last night. "From personal experience, I discovered that resources weren't available which offered avenues for me to sustain myself independently."
"People with SCI are people, not conditions or diseases," he continued. "We all have challenges and The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance was created to offer resources for people to continue their lives independently after a spinal cord injury."
Hosted by supersized superstar Mo'Nique, the gala will be titled 'Teddy 25 -- A Celebration of Life, Hope and Possibilities' and will be held June 10 at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center.
Patti La Belle, Ruben Studdard and Stephanie Mills are among the performers confirmed along with Pendergrass, himself, who will premiere a new song, written specifically for the black tie gala.
Whitney Houston, who collaborated with Pendergrass early in her career, will have a special honor paid to her.
"[We] are honoring everyone who has been involved in significant ways since my accident in 1982," he explained. "Whitney's first record was a duet we did together called 'Hold Me In Your Arms,' recorded in 1983 and released in 1984."
Arsenio Hall, Regis Philbin, Ashford & Simpson, media maven Cathy Hughes, radio titan Mark P. May, real estate magnate and reality television personality Donald Trump, music industry executives Daniel Markus, Shep Gordon, Bob Krasnow and veteran music publicist Lisa Barbaris -- all friends of Pendergrass whom he wants to thank for their friendship and assistance through the years -- will also be honored.
Invited celebrity guests include Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Eddie LeVert, Kindred, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jill Scott, Musiq, Vivian Green, Jaheim, and Usher, confirmed a publicist for the festivities.
For years, Pendergrass has been an outspoken advocate for survivors of SCI, dedicating his time and talent, showing by example that there is life for people disabled by spinal cord injuries. "Fortunately I am blessed to be able to continue to work and be productive as a performer," he explained.
After 19 years away from the stage, he returned in May of 2001 to a sold-out tour.
"I was on top of the world and felt utterly invincible, until one tragic evening in March 1982; an automobile accident caused my life to change drastically. I became one of over 250,000 Americans living with a spinal cord injury (SCI)," he shared. "From personal experience I recognize a strong need for a coordinated outreach to individuals with SCI that will encourage them to reach their maximum potential and that's the mission of The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance. It is important that those of us with SCI continue to LIVE and are given the right to LIVE as individuals in the way that we choose and that society recognizes that people with SCI are people, not conditions or diseases. We all have challenges; a disability does not mean inability," he concluded.