I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.
In the collections of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a large, leather-bound ledger. Old, unassuming, and rare, its now-faded pages document business transactions that took place almost 250 years ago
The disadvantages that Black boys bring to their schools aren't corrected in K-12 classrooms, they are furthered. As they get older, they are continually marginalized in their schools and societies.
Two predictable things happened the instant Django Unchained star, actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, was detained by an LAPD officer in Studio City, California in response to a lewd public behavior call.
Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.
While the NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases is being scrutinized, and folk are calling for Goodell's job, the league's inquiry skills concerning other sensitive matters is also worthy of further review.
Institutionalized racism is so deeply embedded in the fabric of our everyday lives that it can rear its ugly head anywhere from an Economist book review that whitesplains slavery to the front offices of the Atlanta Hawks.
The messages we convey to students matter. They are deeply embedded long after they leave our classrooms. As we begin this school year, let's make sure we choose the right message.
Tavis Smiley used to be the darling of black America. Once upon a time his keen critical commentary, ubiquitous media presence and undeniable charm brought delight to the hearts and minds of many black Americans. But things changed when Obama announced his candidacy for president.
The publishing industry can't solve this problem, but the relative lack of children's books by and about people of color nonetheless functions as a kind of "symbolic annihilation."
Minority students typically do not have the opportunity to study a language much less study abroad. They face financial barriers, to be sure, but also cultural ones. For a young person who has never left his or her zip code, much less flown on a plane, going overseas is a daunting consideration.
Nearly 2 years out from Hurricane Sandy, the most destructive and deadly storm to hit New York City, communities across the five boroughs are still recovering. And in the back of everyone's minds, people are wondering "Could a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy happen again?"
Ever wondered what it's really like to be a part of New York Fashion Week? Or better yet, to be a model at New York Fashion Week?
I used to be one of those people who didn't understand the threat of climate change. I wondered, "Why should global warming matter to me?" When I learned what a warmer world would look like -- especially for people of color and low-income communities -- I was terrified.
Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.
Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.
Yes, the IRS does allow penalty-free withdrawals of a limited amount of IRA funds for first-time homebuyers. However, as enticing as it appears, taking that withdrawal comes with certain caveats that you need to carefully consider.
While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.
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.