As Black History Month comes and goes, television shows that foster black pride also come and go. I understand that many black men attached their self worth and their manhood to the character Bill Cosby made famous. In retrospect, I do not believe we need to look at television to give us our self worth.
The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week.
Students (young and older) respond to instruction in the way that is expected of them. If taught as if they are slow, students will conform to that perception. Imagine what would happen if we treated all students, from the earliest years through their post-secondary studies, as if there were geniuses inside, simply waiting for recognition.
The ugly truth is white on white crime does exist. It is a growing pandemic in the white community, and if we don't call attention to this problem soon, there will be no more white people left to run the world.
Fitz is an extremely aggressive individual, and I often get scared watching his interactions with both Mellie and Olivia, but somehow the show still paints him as the victim, the "good guy," and I really don't think it is okay.
Fifty years after the bloody Selma march shocked Johnson and the nation into taking fast track action to right a glaring historic wrong, namely the denial of the right to vote to millions in America, that right is still under intense assault. This is why we still need a Selma today.
There is only one person who can determine how far you can go in life -- you. Always remember that what you tell yourself and believe about yourself will be the truth.
Ol Parker is back as the screenwriter, and John Madden returns as the director. Both try to give this sequel the same feel as the first, but they've run out of ideas. Buying a new hotel seems like a giddy capitalistic exploit.
Much like the great Sammy Davis, Jr., the unicycle ensemble from the South Bronx beat the naysayers and racists, as well as the pitfalls of their neighborhood with their talent. They achieved this while breaking down barriers and leaving a smooth trail of unicycle tracks for others, like myself, to follow.
We'll know #BlackLivesMatter when the sites of our tragedies become true places of triumph. Let Ferguson be a start.
Watching Common and John Legend make history in what was an emotionally moving performance of "Glory," and win the Academy Award for Best Original Song was more than I could have dreamed. Everything else paled in comparison, and it wasn't long before we called it a night.
While overall rates of disconnection from society are likely to trend down as the nation recovers from the Great Recession, history suggests that disconnected young men of color are in danger of being permanently left behind, and this has implications for future generations.
The U.S. economy created 257,000 jobs in January. While this is a positive sign, shouldn't the Department of Labor be more nuanced in their job creation calculations? Wouldn't a better indicator be to delineate between jobs and quality jobs? But this raises the question of what constitutes a quality job.
In the theatre world, there are ordinary roles, and then there are roles of a lifetime. Harriet Tubman is among the latter.
Advocacy alone has limited value. Institutions must be led by competent executives and they must produce graduates with a credential that has value in the market place. HBCUs do not deserve support just because of their existence; they deserve the support of their alumni because of what they have done, are doing and are capable of doing.
Too many of us have not been good to our HBCUs, but time and dwindling resources are moving faster than our own individual maturity. And for the HBCUs which need the support, the time for harvest is now; even from unyielding crops like me.
I truly hope Obama ignores the noise and pushes the EPA to set a strong standard that will adequately protect public health based on the science, which is what the Clean Air Act requires.
All loans are not created equal, and in recent years the personal loan has become a great option for people to use. However, you might be wondering just what makes a personal loan different from a traditional loan from your bank.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Usher's former publicist Simone Smalls isn't the only media relations expert who's coming to the forefront; Beyonce's beloved spokesperson will do the same.
On June 16, Yvette Noel-Schure, the Senior Vice President of Media for Columbia Records will be the start subject when The African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC) presents 'A Conversation with Yvette Noel-Schure: How Music Publicists Help Artists Sizzle!."
Moderated by influential 'Associated Press' music reporter Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the public discussion will be held at the New York City headquarters of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
The mission for the event will to talk about the components and challenges of successful publicity campaigns, promotional and concert tours and album launches for today's top recording artists.
And since being an industry publicist has been the glamour job for the past decade -- with the profession gaining increased popularity thanks to shows such as 'Sex & The City' and 'Entourage' and the antics of reps for tabloid-ready celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan and Diddy -- this panel is just what the doctor ordered.
And Noel-Schure is a perfect representation of someone who has traversed today's publicity landscape -- being the image-maker for the iconic Beyonce and all.
A former editor for 'Black Beat' magazine, she has worked at the Sony record label for close to 15 years. From forgotten artists such as Puff Johnson and Kenny Lattimore to superstars like Mariah Carey and Ricky Martin, the Grenada native help engineer effective media strategies throughout the years. Her piece de resistance, though, was building a media profile for a then-unknown Destiny's Child -- the young, burgeoning quartet from Houston and helping them become international superstars.
Since then, Noel-Schure's tailor-made stamp is evident on proven artists such as John Legend and Kelly Rowland.
"I am excited and thoroughly honored to be a part of the AAPRC panel," she shared with The BV Newswire. "Gwendolyn Quinn has done such a tremendous job in making sure the community of public relation executives stay informed and stay connected. The Global Communicator has become a valuable information tool for us. When I was invited there was no saying no."
Quinn, a former executive for Mercury, Island, Capitol and Arista Records, respectively, is the founder of AAPRC, a national and international network of more than 1,000 communications professionals. Looking to fill the gap in the networking potential among black public relations and media specialists -- Quinn and fellow media specialist Marlynn Snyder discussed the idea of forming a listserv of African-Americans working in the communications field to fulfill that particular need.
"Since its inception in 2001, we have shared key and vital information regarding the public relations and communications industries, job leads and much more," she said. "We have become the resource and "go to" network in the public relations field."
The panel series is an extension of those efforts. "We are now branding the AAPRC with a series of mixers, panels and eventually the first annual AAPRC National Conference and Business Retreat," she added.
On May 19, she will officially kick off the series with a panel entitled "The Write Stuff: Public Relations for Book Publishing," featuring notable marketing professionals in the literary industry. The even will be held at he NARAS New York City headquarters.
"They are exemplary leaders in the communications industries and they personify brilliance and excellence," she said of the panelists, which will include Hilton Publishing's Tara Brown, Harper Collins' Gilda N. Squire, multicultural publicity expert Linda Duggins, and best-selling authoress Candace Sandy.