In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."
These are women with family-friendly brands. They have made their livings online by being noncontroversial and avoiding the icky parts of life -- the icky parts that I love to dive into head first. But there they were, chiming in and telling me of their own fears and worry, thus mitigating my own ache.
On the one hand, many would argue that with the first black president in office, it is Martin's dream that has been realized. Yet, on the other hand, with endless wars abroad, increasing police brutality at home, and a society more divided than ever, it is safe to say that Malcolm's critique of -- and challenge to -- America has never been more urgent.
The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.
Though it has a shorter legacy than the U.S.' month set aside to honor the achievements of people from the African Diaspora, those in the U.K. also use various mediums to educate the public on the African-Caribbean community.
I was truly disappointed to see that a woman could go out of her way to say something so ignorant about another woman. I would hope that a woman who has been given a platform where she can speak her mind would want to use that platform to empower women not tear them down.
As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.
if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
There is no evidence that the FBI, other intelligence agencies, or the NYPD had a direct hand in Malcolm's murder. But it can't be totally separated from the well-documented, savage war that the FBI waged against black organizations and black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1960s.
Even if the Republicans were to take the White House in 2016, it does not mitigate the underlying problems. A day of reckoning will come when the Republican Party must disavow the temptation of short-term gains in order to compete for voters that represent the changing America.
Why is it that these artists' statements don't receive validity? Isn't John Legend an American? Aren't his feelings and political views valid?
In late 1975, 19-year-old Ricky Jackson was sentenced to die by electrocution. Almost 40 years later, his conviction was overturned, and he walked out the front door of the Cuyahoga County courthouse a free man.
Since 2009, Holder has exercised the powers of his office not merely to preserve the Justice Department as a static institution, as many of his predecessors have done, but to mobilize it as a force for proactive change.
I'm writing this multi-part series to shine a bright light on depression's disproportionate impact on Black LGBTQ persons. As one who's suffered from this illness throughout periods of his life, I can attest to its near-crippling effects.
As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.
It is a reminder that women of power come in all shades of greatness and beauty. It gives us the opportunity to show generations of girls that there is a power within each and every one of us that when used for good can impact humanity for the greater good.
The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
New York's hip-hop radio shock jock Miss Jones didn't mince words about her fellow broadcasting colleagues Wendy Williams and DJ Star in her new book, 'Have You Met Miss Jones? The Life and Loves of Radio's Most Controversial Diva.'
The book, published by One World/Random House, hit shelves this week.
And the tome -- written with Sabrina Lamb -- has had tongues wagging -- especially in The Big Apple, where Jonesy (as she is known) shares a cluttered radio landscape with the nationally syndicated radio veteran Williams, and her former HOT-97 counterpart turned morning show rival, legally known as Troi Torain.
"A knuckle-dragging motherf#$%& wearing tight, high-water pants that emphasized how small his nuts were," is how Jones (legally known as Tarsha Nicole Jones) described the 'Object of Hate: The Prequel' author, upon seeing him "hanging out" at the station in 1998.
"His pants barely reached the top of his black, run-over Chuck Taylor sneakers," she continued about the introduction to the on-air personality whom she claimed connived to take her morning show slot while feigning personal sympathy with her best industry galpal at the time, Charisse Rose (from Changing Faces).
Tracy Cloherty, a former Emmis Broadcasting Corporation big-wig who ran HOT- 97, is portrayed as a low-down, lying, celebrity-seeking, bitch who often criticized Jones's show without offering any tools. Jones later found out that she lied about promoting her Motown album 'The Other Woman' on the influential station.
Cloherty wound up helping propel Torain, who was initially brought on as a "writer of radio copy" for Jones's show, into an overnight radio sensation, on the other hand.
"Tracy and Star were kindred spirits," she writes. "They shared the same kind of perverse humor. Very sexually depraved and misogynistic. Tracy was into that. She liked that Howard Stern-type shit and listened to Stern every morning."
That's much -- especially considering Cloherty is now programming K-Rock, Stern's former radio home.
Torain, never one to pull any punches himself, responded to Jones's revelations in his usually bold fashion. "Although I haven't owned a pair of Chuck Taylors since 1978, I must say there's nothing sexier than a scorned black bitch," he told 'The New York Daily News' earlier this week.
The female friendly Williams, on the other hand, once shared a close association with Jones while ruling the roost as the top draw on Hot-97.
Or so Jones thought.
"Ever since I pulled a weekend shift at HOT-97, Wendy Williams has attacked me whenever the mood struck her," she said of the best-selling, nationally syndicated multimedia diva. "My mistake was not shutting her down sooner."
"Her insecure ass was focused on me, though I am younger and contracted on a completely different radio station and in an opposite time slot," she continued.
She also called Williams, who referred her for a job at a Philadelphia radio station years ago, "transparent" and "so dramatic."
"In her position, she should be professionally riding the wave as a leader of the pack or sharing the torch gracefully, knowing she will get love from young ones like myself who desire mentorship. Wendy wants to not only hold on to the torch, but also crush anyone who dares to have aspirations for success. Her justification has always been: 'I'm not helping nobody, because nobody helped me.'"
Queries to Wendy Williams' radio station assistant/publicist Nicole Spence were not answered today.
"It's a shame that Star and Wendy wanted me dead in radio. But to God be the glory, I'm still here," Jones concluded.