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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
The words "college life" and "savings" are typically not used in the same sentence today. However, for college students preparing to move onto campus this fall, finding ways to save money may very well be as important as their academic major.
As a lawyer in that system, I know that the American criminal justice system is institutionally racist, even though the vast majority of people that work within it are people of good will. We can change the system, but that requires us to recognize the problem and commit to making the necessary changes.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Most people tend to fawn over celebrities, but I'm the type of person who is more so enthralled with everyday people who overcome extraordinary obstacles to achieve something that seems impossible.
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
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.