It was worth the wait for Hillary Clinton to speak out. Clinton skipped the platitudes and echoed the uncomfortable truths that black men are routinely profiled, disproportionately pack America's jails and prisons, and get longer sentences than white males.
A hundred years ago, Martha died. At 1 p.m. on September 1, 1914, the last individual of a wild blue dove whose flocks once numbered billions and blackened the American skies for days fell over dead in her Cincinnati zoo cage.
In our daily interactions with news and pop culture as well as anti-racist movements and protests, Black men become the representation of violence in America. However, Black women seem to fade into the background, as do the women who have raised them, cared for them, and loved them.
It is unfortunate that the media overplays "looting and rioting" much more than it covers the thousands who peacefully protest everyday for justice.
A couple of generations of school kids have grown up on the catchy McDonald's advertising jingle, "You deserve a break today." But during every working moment of those years McDonald's workers have gotten anything but a break when it comes to working hours and worse, their wages for those hours.
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.
The principle that a young Native kid could be denied his right to education -- in 2014 -- because of his hair... well, it seems anachronistic. A throwback. But in a bad way. We gotta do better than that.
Whether it's Ferguson, Staten Island, New Orleans, Oakland, or anywhere in the United States, we know that change will only occur when national standards are implemented and enforced.
So for all the incoming students: if you want to make your respective colleges more welcoming and accepting places, treat each other, if not as friends, as classmates and peers. Fight for true equality and don't succumb to excuses to rationalize your disadvantages.
I will not let go of this fight for justice until every mouth is fed, every intellect is educated, and every dream for a more just world is realized. I went to Ferguson, Missouri looking for answers. I left Ferguson, Missouri with a life brought into question.
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.
NextAdvisor.com surveyed Facebook users ages 18 and older throughout the U.S. to find out exactly what they do and do not know about their cards. Shockingly, we found that most don't know the basics about their cards and are even making some crucial mistakes when it comes to credit.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was recently in Bali on a stopover. I had breakfast with him shortly after Jokowi's status as Indonesia's president elect was upheld by the constitutional court.
Sadly, there are men who've been married for decades and still have no clue about what it takes to be a good dad or husband. Don't be like them.
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.
Truth is that we are tired of living in fear while the rest of America lives in denial or justification. We are tired of worrying about the safety and well-being of our sons and daughters. We are tired of wondering when it will be our son or daughter gunned down without accountability.
On this issue, Marylanders and supporters of equity in higher education nationwide, can't be caught with our hands up.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
The young woman who was allegedly shot by hip-hop vixen Remy Ma has broken her silence.
Makeda Barnes-Joseph, a galpal of the former Terror Squad rapstress who was shot in her midsection on July 14, isn't mincing any words about her displeasure with the whole ordeal.
"I sit here and I try to think every day, 'Why is she doing that?' How can she deny that?'" the 23-year-old realty office administrative assistant told the New York Daily News. "I'm basically confined to the bed now. It's really hard. It really hurts."
Barnes-Joseph felt the wrath of true diva rage on that near fatal summer night during an altercation at a hotspot in Manhattan's trendy Meatpacking District.
Cops say that Remy Ma (legally known as Reminisce Smith) got into Barnes-Joseph's Nissan Maxima on W. 14th St. after they left the party about 3:40 a.m. and blasted her twice.
The award-winning rapstress then rifled through her purse after shooting her and then took off.
The dispute was reportedly over $3,000 which Barnes-Joseph was accused of stealing.
"Makeda would never steal money," Barnes-Jospeh's mother Christina Barnes previously told the daily tabloid. "She doesn't need it and I didn't raise her like that."
Remy Ma, who is due in court Nov. 29, pled not guilty to attempted murder, first-degree assault and weapons charges stemming. Released on $250,000 bail, she has maintained her innocence, once hollering at reporters, "I didn't shoot my friend ... I didn't shoot nobody!"
Meanwhile Barnes-Joseph -- in her bedridden state -- has had time to catch up on all of the antics of another prison-ready femme fatale, Foxy Brown (legally known as Inga Marchand).
"It's ridiculous, the stupid things she's doing," she said of the ex-Def Jam superstar who was thrown in jail last week for violating probation.
"They feel that hey can do whatever they want and get away with it," Barnes-Joseph fumed. "They think that because they're rappers that they need to make a name for themselves."
If Remy Ma did shoot her, homegirl is talking from first-hand experience.