Even if we ignore black women's grinding poverty, the sky-high rates of HIV infection, and the disproportionate incarceration, the fact is nearly half of all black women have been sexually coerced by the age of 18.
In the collections of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a large, leather-bound ledger. Old, unassuming, and rare, its now-faded pages document business transactions that took place almost 250 years ago
Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.
The disadvantages that Black boys bring to their schools aren't corrected in K-12 classrooms, they are furthered. As they get older, they are continually marginalized in their schools and societies.
While the NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases is being scrutinized, and folk are calling for Goodell's job, the league's inquiry skills concerning other sensitive matters is also worthy of further review.
Ever wondered what it's really like to be a part of New York Fashion Week? Or better yet, to be a model at New York Fashion Week?
The messages we convey to students matter. They are deeply embedded long after they leave our classrooms. As we begin this school year, let's make sure we choose the right message.
The publishing industry can't solve this problem, but the relative lack of children's books by and about people of color nonetheless functions as a kind of "symbolic annihilation."
When we look at the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and the tragic death of Michael Brown, we are reminded of the importance of who we elect to our city councils, who sits on our local board of education committees, who we pick to represent us in Congress, in the Senate and more.
Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.
This school year, don't leave out the pep talk about grades and their futures and blah, blah, blah. But, make sure they understand that your love and pride aren't contingent on anything other than the fact that raising them is the greatest privilege you'll ever have.
As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.
Minority students typically do not have the opportunity to study a language much less study abroad. They face financial barriers, to be sure, but also cultural ones. For a young person who has never left his or her zip code, much less flown on a plane, going overseas is a daunting consideration.
I used to be one of those people who didn't understand the threat of climate change. I wondered, "Why should global warming matter to me?" When I learned what a warmer world would look like -- especially for people of color and low-income communities -- I was terrified.
The stark and wildly diverse perceptions that white and black Americans have of the crisis in Ferguson (and on race in general) is crucial evidence that the racial divide in our nation is still considerable.
With sensual tales that would make the author of the Kamasutra blush, not only does Zane pen her own books, but she publishes other authors under her own banner, Strebor Books.
In the state of California, we now spend $62,300 per prison inmate per year while only $9,200 to educate a child in a K-12 school. If that statistic doesn't disturb you, consider this: Since 1984, the state has built 22 state prisons while only one new University of California school.
I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Hip-Hop diva Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott joins a short list of the genre's pioneers and legends to be honored during the fourth annual 'VH1 Hip Hop Honors,' premiering Oct. 8.
Hosted by comedian Tracy Morgan, the show -- which celebrates the players who broke new ground and pioneered the genre into a true cultural phenomenon -- will be taped at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on Oct. 4.
West coast rap icon Snoop Dogg, old-school hip-hop trio Whodini, original hip-hop super-producer Teddy Riley, and hip-hop-soul music mogul Andre Harrell are among this year's honorees. A special 25th Anniversary tribute of the break-dancing film 'Wild Style' will also take place.
Elliott, who has been lavished with many coveted awards over the past decade (including four Grammy Awards), said that this particular event is "more" than a regular honor.
"Hip-hop is my first love and no one can ever tell me dreams don't come true," she told 'The BV Newswire' yesterday. "Although I'm being honored, I am more honored being part of this music that has such realness, rawness and edge and being around so many who have made records that motivated me to be creative and original and follow my own path in music."
"Run DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, Slick Rick, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane, Erick B & Rakim and [Queen] Latifah are just a few who I honor," she said, naming other honorees who have come before her. "I thank God for allowing me to reach the masses with my music. You'll never know how grateful I am. Through all of my struggles you've made me feel loved and again, I am more than grateful for this incredible honor. I love you all and hip-hop!"
Elliott, whose first incarnation in the music business came in the form of being a member of the Devante Swing-created girl group Sista (think = Mary J. Blige meets Jodeci times four), broke through as a hit-making, behind-the-scenes collaborator of Timbaland's in the mid-1990s. Her contribution to hit projects by Aaliyah and 702 galvanized her into the hip-hop soul arena, making way for her auspicious debut opus 'SupaDupaFly' in 1997. Five albums later, Missy (as she is affectionately known) has been one of the more consistent hip-hop artists over the past decade. As a song-writer, producer and guest cameo-maker, the Portsmouth, Virginia native has been called on by the biggest names in the business, including Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Blige, Lil' Kim, Madonna, Nelly, Michael Jackson, Diddy, Angie Stone, Beyonce, Monica and Fantasia.
And helping Elliott achieve her success along the way was her manager Mona Scott, who calls her "a musical and visual icon second to none."
Upon hearing that VH1 announced the honor, the Violator Management chief proclaimed, "In a genre generally reserved for testosterone driven braggadocio or slinky haired diva-dom, Missy Elliott has forever carved her niche in pop culture and hip-hip history. She is a creative force tirelessly engaged in a quest to bend our ears and challenge our senses - all while daring us to find a new way to bounce. This honor is well deserved and long overdue and I am so proud of my client and my friend."
Scott, one of the most hands on superstar talent managers, revealed that Elliott's latest disc -- her sixth studio album, tentatively titled 'The Countdown' -- is due out in a few months. A new single should drop at radio next month.
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