Many of us from academic institutions have lacked the support to facilitate our commitment to addressing an injustice in healthcare that is ongoing in West Africa. This is deeply disappointing but we believe it is correctable.
It's the revolutionary multi-billion-dollar industry nobody's heard of, and it's killing credit card debt for hundreds of thousands of consumers. It's not only disrupting, but completely undressing the traditional credit model.
More than anyone else, though, I feel the most disgust with myself. I wish I could go, go somewhere in that tragedy burdened West African region to do something, ANYTHING.
I walked the walk, talked the talk, and now had a student ID card showing that I am an educated person. However, this didn't stop a store owner from turning up her nose at me when I entered her shop and having one of her associates follow me around. And this didn't stop the suspicious stares of residents in a small town where I visited one of my friends this past year.
As we approach your 14th birthday, it is with great trepidation and anxiety that I write this letter to you. I am so proud of the young lady you have become, but I feel I am fighting against the clock to instill in you the life lessons I hold so dear.
We can no longer allow our children to ask white people over yonder for what we should have been giving them from day one: support and education in their own communities, on our own terms.
When I heard that Koko Jones, Houston's former percussionist (as well as The Isley Brothers' former percussionist), had embarked on her first album since coming out as a trans woman, I took notice and became very excited to talk to her about her life and music.
Change is long overdue. But I'm not entirely convinced that we're considering the full range of changes that need to take place.
How creative were you back in the day, with the big, brown paper bag from your grocer during Halloween?
Buying your first home, starting a family or purchasing a car are major events that require a lot of financial planning. Unfortunately for millennials, a recent TD Bank survey found that two-thirds of older millennials (ages 24-34) wish they had been more financially prepared for these life events.
For the second time in its ten year history, the African-American Literary Awards Show [AALAS] has canceled its ceremony. The first cancellation in 2005 was due to Hurricane Katrina but this year the challenges appear to be internal.
At the forefront of this initiative is second term Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages and his Democratic Minority Caucus colleagues, Legislators Kevan Abrahams and Siela Bynoe.
The NCAA is under attack on all fronts, and the new College Football Playoff system is the latest example of profits trumping the best interest of student-athletes.
This journey into a bleak world not fathomed before is intriguing, unnerving and haunting. You'll walk out of the theater feeling like you need to go home to shower and scrub this film off your skin.
At a time when society needs it the most, Dr. Kingsley Fletcher proves himself to be a man committed to not only challenging society's misconceptions on Africa's potential, but a leader personally invested in the well-needed restoration of black relations across the globe.
This year has made me question a number of things, my love of New York among them. There was a time I thought that love would be forever unwavering. That, along with my love of writing. Love is funny that way, though. It burns and it burns, white-hot, blindingly hot, until it burns itself out. And I'm all burnt out on New York, on writing, on it all.
Halloween: the season of candy corn, pumpkins and culturally-insensitive costumes. Over the last few years, images of these costumes have spread through social media, sparking heated debates about cultural appropriation and how seemingly innocuous "fashion statements" can indeed hurt.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Fresh off the heels of touring with platinum-selling R&B crooners Brian McKnight, Joe, and 'American Idol' winner Ruben Studdard, hip-hop soul singer Sunshine Anderson was welcomed with open arms during her enthralling performance last night at the 2007 Essence Music Festival.
And the Charlotte native, who roared onto the R&B scene in 2001 with her hit single 'Heard it All Before,' welcomed the love back as she performed selections from her recent album 'Sunshine At Midnight' in the McDonald's Superlounge at the Louisiana Superdome.
To many a festivalgoers surprise, Anderson was carrying more than notes when she hit the stage -- she's preggers.
Backstage, the well-spoken southern girl, who used to work for the United States Pentagon, talked candidly about being a part of the 'Essence' fesitivites, her new music and her new family life.
She's expecting a girl in November, which she will name Alexia Sky.
Anderson revealed that she's planning to get married to Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Christopher Alexander Terry later this month, and talked about her trepidation of telling record label brass about her new condition.
"It just is what it is,you know I mean," she quipped. "I feel blessed, I'm not going to make any apologoies ... I am just on a high."
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