When a magazine calls a woman with pale eyes and hair beautiful, I don't have any problem agreeing. They are beautiful. We all are. But what many magazines fail to realize is that there's more than one brand of beauty.
One of the reasons I created GLAM4GOOD was so I could harness the positive aspects of fashion and beauty to celebrate courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulty, tragedy and pain. Nayanda was right, GLAM4GOOD is more than just a makeover -- often it's about honoring and acknowledging everyday heroism and bravery.
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
I was taken back to childhood days of dancing and singing along to the radio with my older sister, Danielle. There is -- and always will be -- something magical about sharing the dance floor with the person who has been able to finish your sentences.
Most women are conditioned to believe that their hopes and dreams should dim in comparison to a mans. How often do you hear of men quitting their jobs because their woman got a new position that requires them to relocate? What about men choosing to stay at home with their children while the woman continues to further her career? Hardly ever.
When it comes to rape culture and manifestations of sexual violence against women, as people of color, we find ourselves at the forefront of this plague.
What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.
We are more fit, more fun and more happening than previous generations. We wear similar clothing, like the same music and enjoy the same movies, books and television shows.
Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
Move over Shemar Moore!!!
Duane Martin is the latest black Hollywood hottie to come out ... disputing rumors that he's homosexual.
Oh, the power of the blogesphere: able to have the most reclusive personalities come out swinging.
The 'All of Us' actor and his beloved wife, actress Tisha Campbell Martin, broke their long-held silence in an effort to dispel internet scuttlebutt that their marriage was doomed -- and that Martin is gay.
"Mark Twain said it best: 'A lie can travel halfway round the world while the truth is putting on its shoes,'" the 42-year old Brooklyn native surmised in an interview with Essence. "So I'm not going to defend myself against a gay rumor when I'm trying to defend my son [Xen] against autism."
"We would look really stupid trying to take our focus off autism, which affects all of us, to fight a gay rumor," he added. "The reason we are talking today is because what we will defend is our 17-year relationship. Nobody is touching that. So whoever wants to rumble, let's rumble."
The couple have been married for 11 years and together for 17, Campbell-Martin (a former child star) said, adding that the rumors started after he didn't join her for a celebrity fundraising event they usually both attend together. "This year he couldn't make it because he had to be in Turks and Caicos scouting for locations for the hotel we're building there," she shared.
"So I went to represent with Tichina [Arnold]," the former 'Martin' star continued. "After I left Philly, I heard that a radio disc jockey announced we'd had an amicable split. Then Duane got a call from Cedric the Entertainer saying, 'I just want y'all to know, Dawg, y'all broke up.' (Laugh) So it progressed from he and I having an amicable split to Duane verbally abuses me to Duane physically abuses me to Duane has a girlfriend on the side to Duane has a boyfriend on the side to I also live an alternative lifestyle."
The couple maintains that their marriage is intact and even collectively dismissed talk that Will Smith and Duane were lovers.
"Our theory is that it's really a slave mentality," she explained. "Whenever the Black community has leaders, potential leaders or a family unit, we emasculate them. You don't ever see them do that to Ben Affleck or Matt Damon. They can be friends, and be powerful individually or collectively and do amazing things."
"It's a Brat Pack when white people do it," he chimed in.
"When two brothers are successful or have influential and powerful friends, we have to emasculate them," she furthered. "On the real, we even did it to Oprah [Winfrey] and Gayle [King]. We have to get over that because at the end of the day who really cares? We have Katrina, autism and children killing one another in my hometown of Newark. I don't know what the obsession is with celebrities, but maybe it helps people feel better about their own situation. We just know that it's something that comes along with being in front of the camera."
When asked about how radio personalities dealt with the controversial subject matter, Martins referred to them as "bottom feeders because they live off s---."
"They go after the low hanging fruit, the lowest common denominator, because they can't get off the bottom and they are trying to feed off others to get to the top," he said. "My family in New York called me and told me they wanted to call Wendy Williams because she was talking negatively about me and Tisha. I told them, "For what?"