In the basement of St. Louis' Saint John's United Church of Christ at the end of the Labor Day weekend, Yates recounted almost a month's worth of harrowing encounters with a militarized police force to a room of Black Lives Matter freedom riders. She woefully explained that as the days bled into one another, she began "marking days by police tactics."
These are women with family-friendly brands. They have made their livings online by being noncontroversial and avoiding the icky parts of life -- the icky parts that I love to dive into head first. But there they were, chiming in and telling me of their own fears and worry, thus mitigating my own ache.
On the one hand, many would argue that with the first black president in office, it is Martin's dream that has been realized. Yet, on the other hand, with endless wars abroad, increasing police brutality at home, and a society more divided than ever, it is safe to say that Malcolm's critique of -- and challenge to -- America has never been more urgent.
The beautiful 18-year old Disney starlet Zendaya looked absolutely ravishing at the Acadamy Awards in her satin ivory Vivienne Westwood gown and her elegant dreadlocked hairstyle. But Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police did not agree.
Though it has a shorter legacy than the U.S.' month set aside to honor the achievements of people from the African Diaspora, those in the U.K. also use various mediums to educate the public on the African-Caribbean community.
I was truly disappointed to see that a woman could go out of her way to say something so ignorant about another woman. I would hope that a woman who has been given a platform where she can speak her mind would want to use that platform to empower women not tear them down.
As we end Black History Month, let's celebrate our accomplishments and add to that list an 18-year-old girl who had the confidence and courage to address insensitive, stereotypical remark of ignorance head on.
if black children were reminded, for more than 28 days, that kids like them grew up and achieved their goals in the face of adversity and discrimination, these children would experience the same encouragement any white child feels when looking at the histories of their studies.
In the midst of these projected possibilities, one thing is certain: the power of Hip Hop is immense and unwavering. But, how the art form is used from this point forward will determine the type of power we truly want to have.
There is no evidence that the FBI, other intelligence agencies, or the NYPD had a direct hand in Malcolm's murder. But it can't be totally separated from the well-documented, savage war that the FBI waged against black organizations and black leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1960s.
In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.
I was first inspired to advocate for women and children when I saw my neighbor's daughter die during her first delivery in the hospital, simply because there was no midwife on duty. The unacceptably high rate of maternal mortality in my community keeps me motivated..
Teachers and mentors can have a magical impact on learning, but being a student can be just as exquisite. The roles of teacher and student are not as distinct as portrayed. Teaching and learning go both ways.
Studies released by Urban Institute in July 2014 showed that 35 percent of Americans -- roughly one out of three -- are so behind in their finances that they have debt in collections. Many people become overwhelmed by their debts, but they don't have to be.
It took Dutchess Lattimore nearly 20 years to discover that she possessed the skills to be a tattoo artist. The star of VH1's hit reality series, Black Ink Crew thought she would get an "easy A" in college by registering for a drawing class.
Shanesha's story matters on many different levels but I see two obvious ones; ignorance and hate, the bosom buddies of self-righteous judgers.
Harlem rapper, A$AP Ferg recently released his "Dope Walk" video, from his Gangsta Grillz mixtape Ferg Forever. In the video shot by Ferg and Matt Starr on an iPhone, Ferg takes model/socialite Cara Delevinge on digital ride via Face Time.
By sending the message that our young black gay males are not acceptable, we contribute to our boys, sons, brothers and men accounting for the highest rate of new HIV infections, and reduce the rate of survival among those we call family.
For NeNe Leakes, the tell-it-like-it-is firecracker on Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' returning for a second season of the hit reality television series was a no-brainer.
BV Newswire got a sneak peak at the first episode of the new season and chatted up Leakes. She told us how it feels to be back on TV, why she's still the same NeNe and the reason she can't respect a weak-ass woman.
"We got great reviews the first season, and people loved me. So, when they said [there would be a] second season...it was on," Leakes declared.
To say that the first season did well for the cable network would be putting it mildly. Although Orange County and New York versions of the 'Housewives' franchise premiered first, the ladies from the Peach State became Bravo's first reality show to hit more than 2 million adult viewers in the 18-49 age range. The reunion special pulled in an impressive 3 million viewers.
With that celebrity came wide-spread criticism that this batch of mothers, wives, divorcees and businesswomen are not really as wealthy some of their counterparts. Leakes says that she's frustrated that the black community has been at the root of these rumors.
"The black community just talks about one another and don't truly support each other the way that they should. People say, the Atlanta housewives are posers, but I can say this, NeNe Leakes, I don't pose. I don't front. I am not superficial. What you see is what you get."
She continued, "I think they say that because we are black....black people are flashy. We like to be the boss, baby."
Leakes doesn't appear to be suffering by any means. In the first episode of the new season, viewers get an inside look at the mother of two decorating a new home that she and husband Gregg purchased. Her popular best gay friend Dwight turns up to give her tips.
But for Sheree Whitfield, the season premiere showcases more of what the blogosphere has been circulating: Whitfield is not as wealthy as she once was. The aspiring clothing wear designer's home went into foreclosure, a private matter made public, thanks to a large story in the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The ex-wife of Atlanta Falcons player Bob Whitfield has now downsized to a much smaller home with her two children, but she hasn't slowed down celebrating herself. This season sees her again butting heads with her party planner.
And while it isn't clear whether Kim Zolciak still has aspirations to become a country singer, we learn that the blonde vixen has severed ties with her "Big Poppa" boyfriend and is trying to become financially independent by starting a wig line.
At 38, NFL wife Lisa Wu Hartwell is contemplating having another baby, and NeNe, whose new home is close to Hartwell's, spends more time with her new friend.
Fans of the show will be introduced to the show's newest housewife, Kandi Burruss, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter who was a member of the platinum-selling 1990s R&B group Xscape.
As previously reported, NBA wife Deshawn Snow is out of the mix this time around.
From a teaser commercial, it is clear that Leakes and Burruss have a heated argument later in the season.
"I didn't know Kandi before the 'Housewives of Atlanta,' and I still don't know Kandi today," Leakes says. "Kandi came in our circle and prejudged me...she hangs out with Kim a lot, and I think Kim has fed her a lot of negativity."
"I would have appreciated her getting to know me first. I felt like she didn't do that. She is a weak-ass woman 'cause she should have gotten to know me first. How you know Kim ain't telling you a bunch of lies?"
Don't expect Leakes to go down without a fight. Tune in to the new season of Bravo's 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' when it returns July 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.If you were entertained by Leakes calling Burruss a "weak-ass" woman, wait until you hear what else she has to say in part two of our exclusive interview. Stay tuned!