As Black History Month comes and goes, television shows that foster black pride also come and go. I understand that many black men attached their self worth and their manhood to the character Bill Cosby made famous. In retrospect, I do not believe we need to look at television to give us our self worth.
The White House group's agenda was deep--with racial concerns about criminal justice, agriculture, education, health care and economic development when African American leaders met with President Barack Obama last week.
Students (young and older) respond to instruction in the way that is expected of them. If taught as if they are slow, students will conform to that perception. Imagine what would happen if we treated all students, from the earliest years through their post-secondary studies, as if there were geniuses inside, simply waiting for recognition.
The ugly truth is white on white crime does exist. It is a growing pandemic in the white community, and if we don't call attention to this problem soon, there will be no more white people left to run the world.
Fitz is an extremely aggressive individual, and I often get scared watching his interactions with both Mellie and Olivia, but somehow the show still paints him as the victim, the "good guy," and I really don't think it is okay.
Fifty years after the bloody Selma march shocked Johnson and the nation into taking fast track action to right a glaring historic wrong, namely the denial of the right to vote to millions in America, that right is still under intense assault. This is why we still need a Selma today.
Few leaders were more important to and decisive in mobilizing public opinion in support of the march than leaders from the American Jewish community. Ironically, it was this historic coalition that came to mind when I listened to and read the 24/7 media commentary around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent speech to Congress.
The people and police officers of Ferguson can ill afford to allow the difficult but necessary reform process that's now underway to be subsumed by petty politics. To plunge headlong into a dialogue defined by the same narrow, reductive, zero-sum talking points that frame so much of our national debate would be an inexcusable mistake.
The president doesn't "love" America? Would that it were true. Would that the president felt a responsibility to the global future and, at the same time, could summon our real past, grieve for its victims and vow with every fiber of his being to atone for our history of slavery and conquest: the "white terrorism" of manifest destiny. Would that the president didn't "love" our myths.
More often than I would like, I have used this space to decry our shortcomings because we retain and still use capital punishment. This past Sunday, however, marked the 10th anniversary of a high point in our shared history.
Black inequality--inaugurated under slavery and maintained by protean forms of white supremacy--has been central to American society, through to the present day. But where does AIDS fit into this story?
In this documentary, Owino and Washington had 14 people brave enough to sit in the room with each other and talk candidly about their cultural and internal racial differences. "That is a great start... but we need more," Owino admits.
We cannot stay complacent or silent in the face of restrictive voting laws. The best way for us to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Selma is to recreate the energy that forced Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act in the first place.
During the time she co-developed the idea, Graves was the chief creative director at the now defunct agency Vigilante. In her role she wanted to spotlight the achievements of young men of color--something she felt was not prevalent in the mainstream.
There is good reason why they are called "oldies but goodies."
Just ask Ashford & Simpson, who continue to stand the test of time with their infectious modern R&B standards -- nearly 45 years since their first big hit.
The dynamic duo has crafted an inventive remix of their 25-year-old hit song, 'Solid (As A Rock)'; this go round, refashioned into what could be a new anthem, titled 'Solid (As Barack).'A tribute to President Barack Obama, the catchy ode was released digitally on Jan. 20 – the same historic day he was inaugurated as the first African American President of the United States of America.
The hit-making husband and wife team (who is well into their 60s) premiered the song on 'Larry King Live' during the inauguration weekend. That's where it was revealed that the demand for the remix has been overwhelming since a recent airing of a version of the song on 'Saturday Night Live,' which was performed by the comedic cast of the series.
This new version, complete with expanded lyrics for the entire song, is a reverential tribute to Obama.
As many know; a who's who of big-named music acts including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson The Supremes, Chaka Khan, Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige have recorded songs by the hit-making duo.
Even last year's top Grammy Award winner Amy Winehouse gave them props; the single 'Tears Dry On Their Own' (from her 'Back to Black' album) is based on Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough.'
They, themselves, have had a string of hits including 'It Seems To Hang On,' 'High-Rise,' 'Street Corner,' 'Found A Cure,' 'Is it Still Good To You' and 'Send It,' among others.
And on Jan. 27, Burgundy Records/Sony will release a definitive collection of their greatest hits titled 'The Real Thing.' It's the very first-ever live in-concert audio and video recordings of performances by the duo.
Now that you see what Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson are up to, check out the amazing Now & Then stories of Motown's biggest stars below.
Odetta Holmes "The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement" was a singer, actress, guitarist, songwriter and activist. December 31 1930 - December 2 2008.
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Bernie Mac Comedian, Actor Oct. 5, 1957 - Aug. 9, 2008.
Isaac Hayes Singer, songwriter, record producer, composer and actor. August 20, 1942 - August 10, 2008
Miriam Makeba, "Mama Africa" South African folk singer and anti-apartheid activist. March 4, 1932 - November 10, 2008.
Jennifer Hudson's 57-year-old mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason, and 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were killed in 2008.
Shakir Stewart The Island Def Jam executive who became head of the legendary rap label following Jay-Z's departure, killed himself on Nov. 1. He was 34 years old.
George Carlin Stand-up comedian, actor and author. May 12, 1937 - June 22, 2008
Madelyn Dunham Barack Obama's grandmother October 26, 1922 - Nov 3, 2008.
Levi Stubbs Oct. 17: The iconic lead singer, second from left, who gave voice to Four Tops classics like "Reach Out I'll Be There" and "Baby I Need Your Loving" died at 72 from complications of cancer and a stroke. Abdul Fakir, far left, is now the sole living member of the original quartet.
Dee Dee Warwick Oct. 18: The soul songstress died after months of declining health. Warwick, the sister of soul legend Dionne, also achieved a great deal of success, both as a solo artist as well as with her sister.
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