Pryor's legacy -- his brilliance, his contradictions and ultimate tragedy -- lingers in the shadows of Chris Rock's Top Five. He is referenced outright by Rock's character Andre Allen during a conversation about comedy's greats. But the allusions to Pryor go deeper.
You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. And in Illinois, you have the right to record police officers. By all means, exercise your right to record. Keep the cameras rolling. Our democracy depends on it.
Ferguson is a very small town, and given the media's reluctance to properly cover the story, the recent unrest could not have received national attention without people sharing their stories on Twitter.
Larimar is a stone, specially for women that channels the goddess energy. It supports a state of confidence and self awareness, and also provides the power of clear communication and emotional strength that allows one to speak from the heart.
As a father, a son, an uncle, a nephew, a brother, and a college president, I must ask myself, "How do I protect my son in a society where there is something structurally wrong with how young black men are treated by the criminal justice system?
It's not like Michael Keaton's career was kaput, but it seems like he raised himself from the dead with this invigorating performance. Mexican director/writer Alejandro González Iñárritu gave Keaton a plum role.
While taking it to the streets-style activism is certainly viable, I want to make a case for another form: Art.
The developed world functions in no small part at the will of the free markets' Invisible Hand. But sadly our free markets and our financial systems have also left a toll on millions and have yet to touch billions.
In Selma, we see the most private moments of Dr. King with his wife, their relationship strained by his activism and the risks he is taking, and by tapes the FBI sent to Mrs. King revealing her husband's affairs. Oyelowo explained why those scenes were "a gift" to him as an actor.
In this catalytic moment driven by cataclysmic circumstances, what we have witnessed across America since the non-indictments of officers in the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner may be new to a generation, but it is not new to a nation.
I have interviewed Spike many times over the years on TV, but on this day he was among the thousands of protesters in the nation's capital.
As women destined for greatness, we have to manage our finances in a way that empowers our lives, brings us joy, and enriches our souls. The first step on this journey to greatness begins with self-reflection and a decision to no longer be broke.
In the aftermath of the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, that decided not to charge officer Darren Wilson of shooting Michael Brown, constitutional law professor Robert Goldstein queried his students whether Brown's stepfather, Louis Head, should face indictment for shouting "burn this b---- down!"
As we wrestle with two Grand Jury decisions not to indict police officers for murder, I am reminded of anti-lynching advocate Ida B. Wells. Wells, an African American journalist who often sent detectives to investigate individual lynchings and published their reports.
What recent events show is that now, just like in the 1960s, activists need to fight on multiple fronts.
Creating housing policy that doesn't traumatize small children should be a low bar to meet, but somehow it has been a struggle.
We are angry, energized, and eager for change, but if we allow ourselves to be deluded by romanticized illusions of togetherness and a lack of seriousness in our intentions, then we will not get much done.
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.