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.
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.
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.
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.
Breastfeeding is our symbol to the world that I will make my best effort to commit to giving my baby the best first food possible, despite my circumstances. And if for some reason if I am unable to, then it was not for lack of trying.
It's impossible to delineate every way race affects us every day, but a cursory examination of major structural racial problems can give us a feeling for how far we still have to go.
I watched the Minaj twerk fest once, and tears welled up. Not for joy. But because I remembered my mother and a whole host of proud black sistahs who fought sooooo hard to be something other than their asses.
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.
"Mommy," he piped up from the back seat in his sweet little voice, "I don't like people who have different skin color than mine." My brain sort of froze, but I stayed on the road as I gulped in discomfort.
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.
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 cumulative and convergent toll of subtle, but discouraging, adult actions in schools and other child-serving systems they come into contact with too often impedes the success of children of color, especially those who are poor, and burdens them with an emotional toll they don't deserve.
While this was a controversy over a comic book character, it really played to a larger discussion on race-relations that continues to take place throughout most, if not all, of America. Why shouldn't a talented actor be considered to play a fictional character regardless of race?
Beverly Hills police and city officials predictably circled the wagon after news broke of the humiliating, embarrassing and potentially dangerous wrongful arrest of noted African-American filmmaker and producer Charles Belk.
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.
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.
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.
While music and art are entertaining, this is not entertainment. This is the residue of what I feel to be a spiritual and physical quest for a freedom that we can all share.
By Karu F. Daniels, AOL Black Voices
A spokesman for Kanye West has confirmed that his mother, Dr. Donda West, died Saturday night in Los Angeles.
A cause of death has not been immediately released to the media.
Dr. West, the former chairwoman of Chicago State University's English department, recently published the book 'Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Star.'
She served as chief executive of West Brands LLC, the parent company of the hip-hop superstar's business enterprises.
She also chaired the non-profit organization Kanye West Foundation.
In addition to discussing Kanye's rise to fame, Dr. West discussed the early years of her son's life as well as the years leading up to his birth in the tome.
The majority of the second half of the book explores her feelings on issues like homophobia, community service, and politics through the lens of her multiple Grammy Award winning son's actions.
"Much of Kanye's spirit, brashness and confidence came directly from his mother," Hunter told The BV Newswire upon hearing the news of Dr. West's demise. "She taught him how to be his own person by example."
"Her own story is incredible, her own talents, vast (in addition to having a PhD, she was a poet, an actress and an activist)," the Hunter College professor and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist added. "I only got to know her a short time ago, but what I know is that she was a woman who lived her life with an enviable freedom and above all else, loved her son and her family dearly."
"This news is heartbreaking," she added. "Dr. Donda West will be surely missed!"
-- Check out Dr. Donda West on the More Than Words podcast.
-- Dr. Donda West and Kanye featured in the Mother's Day Photo Gallery.
UPDATE: According to the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), Dr. West's publicist Patricia Green said she passed away "as the result of complications from a cosmetic surgical procedure." Meanwhile, TMZ has famed black plastic surgeon Dr. Jan Adams on record stating that he performed cosmetic surgery on Dr. West shortly before she died.
She was 58 years old.