I fit the description. I was a black man.
The shock is not only that a police officer killed an unarmed black teenager. That, tragically, has happened too many times before, and when the details remain murky, many people withhold judgment. The shock was that the police response to the protests was so hugely disproportionate, "like an invading army."
Hogwarts is run by white people, and let's not touch racism and Tolkien. Where are the South Asian superheroes? The Black people in Dr. Seuss? Make sure your kids know the world they see has missing pieces, missing people and missing stories.
If a black person can be gunned down and left in the street for over four hours with no disciplinary action taken against the government representative responsible, what does "equal protection" mean?
The profound division of American society along racial lines is part of a vicious circle exacerbating a host of social problems, from excessive use of force by the police to mass incarceration and wealth inequality.
When I started writing about the gender disparity I saw in Silicon Valley, I took intense fire from the boys club. They could get away with this because such frat-boy behavior was considered acceptable in Silicon Valley. But things are changing for the better.
I believe that having hard conversations is hard because we haven't put ignorance in its proper place. Ignorance has become synonymous with choice and that's not always true. If I can't ask an ignorant question, how will I become enlightened to the truth?
No matter where you are in life, finances can be a big pain in the you-know-what. It doesn't get easier, no matter how much older you get. So to help, we've devised a little roadmap of goals that everyone can follow to make sure they are meeting the right financial goals for their age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The expedient historical analogy alleviates any pressure to understand the moment at hand. One is free to return to the caldron and pull out the example that support one's preconceived notion.
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.
Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.
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.
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.
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