A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.
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.
It was worth the wait for Hillary Clinton to speak out. Clinton skipped the platitudes and echoed the uncomfortable truths that black men are routinely profiled, disproportionately pack America's jails and prisons, and get longer sentences than white males.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Closing the achievement gap for minority students is always the topic of discussion and it seems to me that we have at least a partial solution right in front of us. Implementing year-round schooling will lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics.
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.
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.
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
'Mo'Nique's F.A.T. Chance: Paris' will officially kick off with multi-city casting calls in Los Angeles (April 14), Chicago (April 19) and Dallas (April 21).
Official casting details here.
The Oprah Winfrey-co-founded network has also given viewers the chance to be a season three contestants with the launch of its online contest 'America Votes' earlier this month.
Following the national casting calls, five finalists will be flown to the City of Light where the comedic icon will lead them through a new series of boot camp trials that will test their character and challenge their own ideas of beauty. Culminating in a runway fashion show, the contestants will compete for the title of Miss F.A.T. (Fabulous And Thick) and a $50,000 cash prize in front of a panel of expert judges, all while ushering in a new era of models to the Paris catwalk.
A one-hour casting special will air on the Oxygen Network on July 21, followed by the July 28 two-hour special, which will redefine beauty in the world's fashion capital.
"We're excited to partner with Mo'Nique once again," Oxygen's President of Programming and Marketing Debby Beece said. "She is such a trailblazer and truly unafraid to do the unexpected, which makes her completely on-brand for us. Filming this third special in Paris, a city always in the foreground for fashion and glamour, is such a unique idea. It will make the show's message of self-acceptance resonate even more strongly with our audience and her fans."
Mo'Nique, legally known as Monique Imes Hicks, serves as creator, host, and executive producer of 'F.A.T. Chance.'
Next week, she will serve as an etiquette overlord on VH1's 'Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School.'