The only way to say the words and not fall to pieces under the crushing irony doled out by a double-talking justice system is to understand "Black lives matter" not as a slogan or a hashtag but as a meditation. A mantra. A prayer. Or...
As an employee of a bank offering a national student loan refinance and consolidation program, I often speak with recent graduates looking for guidance on questions regarding their student loans. So, for those of you who still don't fully understand how student loan refinancing works, let me help you out.
You've heard a lot of information about retirement planning basics: contribute regularly to tax-advantaged accounts like your 401(k) or IRA, choose the right mix of assets for your age and risk tolerance, and rebalance regularly. But you still can't help but wonder if you're missing something crucial.
It's that time of year again - time to look back at the accomplishments of HBCUs. We present those that we think will have the most lasting impact on Black colleges, the students that they serve, as well as the surrounding communities.
On the surface, there is absolutely no reason to update the classic Broadway show Annie, which was already adapted for the screen in 1982. But this multicultural cast redux adds a hip swag to the classic kid's story. This Annie is urban, emotional and fun. But far from perfect.
We need to take a hard look at what is causing this income disparity. Is it prejudice? Is it lack of economic or educational opportunities? Is the system corrupt, and if so, where? And what questions need to be asked to change that?
We will not move forward as a society until we can bring ourselves to listen and respond to the cries of those whose spirits have been crushed by the chokehold of poverty and racism.
This summer, I started a series focusing on the lives of black trans leaders. The second in this series of many to come, is Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media and the hashtag #BlackTransEverything.
Here's a list of three things labor can do to support those who are leading the charge to confront racism and promote justice in our nation:
I am not interested in using the unfortunate deaths of my black and brown sisters and brothers as a platform to advance myself or my "brand," rather I am much more interested in how I can lead from behind.
I believe the revolution has begun and we are ready for change and soon no one will be able to mislead us and we will take advantage fully of the voice we have on a regular basis. Not just in extreme times, so if you want to be a part of this revolution, look on your phone or computer.
At the same time, events like the ones in Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland, and the responses to them dominate the news. All of these things remind us of the truth that anytime anyone is treated less than equal because of who they are, we are diminished as people.
Wondering what story to tell when you preach on race? Tell the story of how your congregation came to be predominantly white in the first place.
Be the one. At your family dinner table. In the bar at happy hour. At your job. In the cafeteria. In the classroom or at rehearsal. In the courtroom, in a chat room. In your church, in the choir, in your synagogue or in your mosque.
It is strange to expect a wish-fulfillment story like Annie (no matter which version) to offer trenchant commentary on anything, and especially unsettling when a critic born in the Jim Crow era decrees that actors of color must still deliver some specific "black angle" in 2014.
The best part isn't that all of these different types of people are included in these shows. It's that their differences aren't harped on, over and over again.
I pray for unity in the city, as pain runs deep in many communities. But, we will no longer tolerate those, like Pat Lynch, who want to create more pain by attempting to divide the people and those who have taken an oath to protect and serve them.
Senseless crimes are destroying families and taking innocent lives, yet today we live in a society where many are hungry for change, but fail to realize we must first become the change we desire to see.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
She may have had an extravagant Caribbean wedding -- one fit for royalty -- in Turks & Caicos, but that doesn't stop LisaRaye McCoy-Misick from getting down to the nitty gritty when it comes to her work.
The 'Player's Club' actress, whose CW sitcom 'All of Us' was recently canceled, is getting back into the swing of things with a lead role in the upcoming chit'lin circuit stageplay 'Angela Dunlap's Gossip, Lies & Secrets.'
Former Miss USA and actress Kenya Moore and one-time platinum-selling R&B singer Blu Cantrell joins McCoy-Misick in a tantalizing tale about three entertainment industry-related women bound by an unspoken commitment to be each other's confidant and best friend.
After an evening of sharing intimate and sometimes incriminating confessions and secrets, the ladies renew their weekly pact to "never tell another soul" about what has occurred.
All of that is fine and dandy until the ringleader gets her big break after being approached by a major publisher who commissions her to write a novel.
It is in that moment of sheer desperation that she makes a plot-twisting decision to save her career by breaking the sacred pact of her friends and divulge her best friends' (one an R&B diva, the other a TV star) innermost secrets... all of them.
Popular character actor Clifton Powell, former R&B singer and sex symbol Christopher Williams, urban theater sensation Patrice Lovely ('When A Woman's Fed Up' and 'Men, Money & Golddiggers') and husband and wife chit'lin circuit veterans Lia and Tony Grant round out the cast of 'Gossip, Lies & Secrets.'
Dunlap is an acclaimed writer, director and producer who helmed the hit stageplays, 'If These Hips Could Talk,' which starred legendary actor Billy Dee Williams and Tichina Arnold, and one of the highest grossing stageplays of all time, 'Why Good Girls Like Bad Boyz?'
The show kicks off Sept. 29 in Newark, New Jersey and will play 15 cities in total before wrapping up in Detroit during Thanksgiving week.
'Angela Dunlap's Gossip, Lies & Secrets' Tour dates are below.
September 29 -30 Newark, New Jersey Newark Symphony Hall
October 2 – 7 New York, New York The Beacon Theatre
October 9 – 17 Washington, DC The Warner Theatre
October 16 – 18 Jacksonville, Florida The Times Union Center
October 19 Birmingham, Alabama The Boutwell Auditorium
October 20 – 21 Nashville, Tennessee The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC)
October 23 – 27 Atlanta, Georgia The Atlanta Civic Center
October 28 Tampa, Florida Tampa Performing Arts Center
October 30 – 31 Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Performing Arts Center (PAC)
November 1 Tallahassee, Florida Leon County Civic Center
November 2 – 3 Columbia, South Carolina The Township Auditorium
November 4 Augusta, Georgia Bell Auditorium
November 6 -11 Houston, Texas The Hobby Center
November 13 -18 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The Merriam Theatre
November 20 - 25 Detroit, Michigan The Music Hall