This year, no one is safe when it comes to the ridiculous onslaught of ignorance about to people of color. Whether it was the media, celebrities, or members of our own community, the backwards advice and excuses for the degrading of our people was annoying.
Know the balance between deference toward authority and personal dignity. At times, you will have to exercise restraint in the face of humiliating circumstances. At other times, you will be compelled to take a stand. Both options require courage, but the outcome is unpredictable.
We need to learn from Ferguson so that we will be prepared for the Fergusons of the future. We can prepare ourselves and our communities to respond to violence without letting it overtake us. We can fight evil without becoming evil. We can find the third way that is neither fight nor flight.
Even if we ignore black women's grinding poverty, the sky-high rates of HIV infection, and the disproportionate incarceration, the fact is nearly half of all black women have been sexually coerced by the age of 18.
The current public debate and wave of articles about how colleges can do a better job of providing access to students from low-income families reminds me that for over a century, most colleges have had an affirmative action policy for rich, well-connected white kids. It is called "legacy" admissions.
After listening to Ready to Die from beginning to end, I realized how much of a fool I was to have been blind to this album for so many years. To simply call it a classic and leave it at that would be an understatement.
Black films and artists were an integral part of the lineup at this year's Toronto International Film Festival along with other world premieres. Dramas, genre movies, comedies, romantic films and documentaries positioned themselves early for this year's annual Oscar race.
We march because we know that climate change affects everyone, but its impacts are not equally felt: those who have contributed the least to causing the crisis are hit hardest, here and around the world.
This school year, don't leave out the pep talk about grades and their futures and blah, blah, blah. But, make sure they understand that your love and pride aren't contingent on anything other than the fact that raising them is the greatest privilege you'll ever have.
It doesn't much matter whether Donald Trump had a hand in blowing off Obama from his golf outing or not. The pattern of disrespect and denigration of Obama has been long set in stone. The golf snub is just the latest incident to fit the pattern.
As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.
The stark and wildly diverse perceptions that white and black Americans have of the crisis in Ferguson (and on race in general) is crucial evidence that the racial divide in our nation is still considerable.
Ferguson is one of those situations that forces us to reevaluate where we are as a people, as a culture, as a society and what things need to be improved.
The reason for Robert McCullough's foot drag on or outright refusal to prosecute Darren Wilson strikes to the heart of why he and other prosecutors either won't prosecute officers or invariably blow the case against them the rare times they do.
What is the company culture around Roger Goodell's NFL? It's profiting out of glamorizing lawbreakers.
With sensual tales that would make the author of the Kamasutra blush, not only does Zane pen her own books, but she publishes other authors under her own banner, Strebor Books.
My mother's parting words were about tear gas. 'If you're hit by some and can't breathe and your eyes begin to burn, cover your face with this cloth,' she said. It was 1968 and my family was living in Washington, D.C., where I was born.
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?
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!