We have little time to argue over the man or one individual, when our people are dying every day, at the hands of our system or at the hands of each other.
The media frenzy surrounding the proposed Black Lives Matter Saint Paul protest at the 2015 Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, October 4th has left the Twin Cities and the nation anxious regarding what will ensure on race day.
California is rightly regarded as a progressive beacon. But in this reliably blue, profoundly innovative state, we have witnessed the growth of a massive, inhumane and costly incarceration system. Worst still, people of color bear the brunt of this broken system.
As Detroit, the most densely Black city in the country, faces water shutoffs, land grabs, and the displacing impacts of "revitalization," a new generation of activists has emerged to join decades of liberation movements that came before them.
How can we build on such efforts? We might start by educating African-American physicians, who tend to have an easier time overcoming the distrust of patients of color and can pass on good information.
I cannot imagine hearing of lives lost of someone of a different race than me and brushing it off as "their" problem. As a nation, citizens being affected by violence and having to live in unsafe communities is an American problem, not a black problem.
It's hard to put into words the significance a woman's hair often symbolizes in her life. I've always understood this. However, I think I understood it most four months ago when I held the scissors to my head and cut my hair to expose my natural texture for the first time in my adult life.
We all know that I haven't gotten justice, but that doesn't mean that I'm not going to keep fighting for it. This struggle is much larger than me. We have seen our voting rights stripped right along with our humanity. And it is time that we join together to say, "Enough is enough. We want justice -- or else!"
It's time to claim our birthright as second gens, and to acknowledge our parents as first-generation pioneers. Anything less makes us perpetual outsiders, the "other" who never belongs.
Young Entrepreneur Salute (Y.E.S.) hosted its "Redefined Summit" this past weekend. An exclusive weekend summit inclusive of thought provoking panel discussions leading up to an award ceremony that the young men affiliated with this organization will never forget.
Let's be honest, the current interventions and strategies focused on Black boys and men in education are not working. From elementary school to doctoral study, Black males in school settings are often marginalized, typically alienated, and repeatedly treated with hostility.
The media's focus in the Ahmed Mohamed story has been on Obama's invitation to the teenager to visit the White House. But the response is symptomatic of what America is prone to do: turn these kind of stories into a greeting card -- "Sorry you were profiled. Know that you are precious." That's just not enough anymore.
Fists pounded my face from every angle. I am so stupid for coming out into this hallway, I thought. I should've known they'd be out here waiting for me. I wanted to scream, but I resolved to take the beating as punishment for my life.
By removing felonies from old records, we can lessen the severe collateral consequences communities of color have suffered from extreme incarceration. We can also begin the long process of rebuilding the justice system with fairness and equality in mind.
The Pope's inspiring words move us all to do better in the service of humanity. Compare that then to the words of another man who has dominated the news cycle lately: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
For vet schools, the unfortunate reality of being the whitest profession in the U.S. provides an opportunity for positive change. The first step is to admit that there is a problem, namely lack of diversity. The next step is to begin aggressively recruiting students from the largest racial group in the U.S.
Beats To Beat Breast Cancer is a music-based event series founded in 2014 by renowned DJ Brian "B-Hen" Henry, created for the purpose of driving awareness and raising money to aid various organizations in their efforts to find a cure.
State and local governments should be helping their poorest residents improve their lives, rather than perpetuating a vicious and unfair cycle that criminalizes poverty and exacerbates inequality.
Some of you think that for the low price of $5.99, you can keep all of your Facebook information private. This so-called protective spell you're sharing with the world is about as real as the lyrical talent of Young Thug.
New York native Landon Dais joined the cast of BET's 'Harlem Heights' to further his political aspirations. The son of a political activist, Dais says would have run for New York City Council District 9 in Harlem regardless of whether he was on TV.
"I was very weary of joining the reality show," Dais confided. "In today's society, television executives believe the only way to get high ratings is through drama and enhancing the negative about people."
The Morehouse College graduate says his desire to be a positive role model and to "influence one kid to go to college" led to his decision to join the cast of 'Harlem Heights.' And though some Harlemites initially questioned his motives for running for office, "once they saw me walking the streets of Harlem at all times of the night, talking to the youth, they realized I was a legitimate candidate who really cared about the people of Harlem," he chuckles.
For Dais, becoming a quasi-celebrity has helped him win recognition in the community. Though he is second in the polls, he still believes going door to door and meeting people in his community has given him a real shot at winning.
"The young people gravitate towards me, and the older people in the community I Love New Yorksee that I am the only viable candidate who can get the young people to care about the political process. This has caused a lot of older people to support my efforts."
And then, there is Smalls.
This 'I Love New York 2' contestant is running for a New York City Council seat. Given his on-air persona, he's had a tougher time getting the people to take him seriously.
"People may not take me seriously, [but it is] also good because people don't see me as a threat," he told BV Newswire this week. When probed about his educational background, the jovial contender offered: "Let's just say, like Kanye West, I'm a college dropout. I learned that I didn't have to have a political education to run for city council."
In fact, his decision to run for office came after the reunion special for 'I Love Money 2,' another VH1 reality show, in which Smalls (also known as "It") was reunited with his 'I Love New York 2' competition, George 'Tailor Made' Weisgerber.
Weisgerber, who won Miss New York's love on the show, is now Smalls' campaign manager. The two have spent the last several weeks canvassing the district for signatures to get on the ballot.
"Yes, I'm a beautiful speaker. I'm an actor," Smalls explained. "I study the techniques of Malcolm X, following his speeches, and I love it!"
Although Smalls thinks he can win, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth -- a former White House staffer and 'Apprentice' star -- has some disappointing news: "You need a ton of money and a political mastermind [to win an election], and reality television stars don't have access to capital."
Dais agrees, but if these reality stars can prove the naysayers wrong what a story that will make, or perhaps provide fodder for another reality television show on life after winning
Manigault-Stallworth, who has appeared in over 20 reality television shows, continues to work in politics however; the 'Bitch Switch' author works as a fundraiser and believes her television persona has worked to her advantage, helping her become a "much more effective political operative."
Yet, Donald Trump's most famous reality TV protege will admit that running for, and winning, a political office is difficult. "I have not seen it done well, quite frankly," she added. "Being famous does not always translate into being an effective politician."
Her advice? "They need to hire me to be their campaign manager," she recommended. "I'm the missing key to their success."
The Democratic primary election for New York City Council takes place Sept. 15 for both Dais and Smalls.
Interested parties can find out more about Dais' campaign at www.LandonDais.com. Smalls, on the other hand, wishes for his supporters to check out his YouTube video.