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.
Hogwarts is run by white people, and let's not touch racism and Tolkien. Where are the South Asian superheroes? The Black people in Dr. Seuss? Make sure your kids know the world they see has missing pieces, missing people and missing stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Just look at the facts, and it becomes clear that America's egregious rates of incarceration of blacks and Latinos stem from the enforcement of unfair sentencing laws -- laws that are grounded in racist policy, and that are desperately in need of reform.
"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.
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.
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?
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 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.
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.
Last Thursday's premiere of the second installment of the reality series pulled in astounding numbers for the Bravo network. Over 4 million viewers tuned in to the broadcast to see the drama that ensues when the ladies from the Peach State get together.
Not only was the telecast the highest-rated series premiere in 'Real Housewives' franchise history, but it was also the highest-rated Thursday in Bravo'sReal Housewives prime-time network history.
The series shot up triple digits compared to the season one premiere. Compared to the season two premiere of 'Orange Country,' the 'Atlanta' ratings were up 107 percent among adults 18 to 49 and up 138 percent among total viewers, a Bravo spokesperson confirmed.
'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' also posted historic gains online. The network's official Website (BravoTV.com) generated the best premiere-day video performance for any Bravo series in the history of the network
This season of 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' ushered in a new housewife – Grammy Award-winner Burruss of Xscape fame. In between recording a solo album and planning a wedding, Burruss befriends Zolciak, who has ambitions of becoming a country singer.
Also this season, Leakes, while searching for her biological father, will work at patching up her rocky relationship with Whitfield, who, after a small divorce settlement, has to downgrade her living arrangements but still plans to launch her She by Sheree clothing line.
And then, there's Wu Hartwell, a busy body who is also planning to launch a clothing line and perhaps have another child with her NFL player husband (who has been sidelined until further notice).Regardless of how the Atlanta 'Housewives' pan out with their respective career ventures, this season is sure to be lively.