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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Investment types often trot out the cautionary phrase, "past performance does not necessarily predict future results." And for good reason. Clients must understand that their financial tomorrow is no guarantee. Yet when it comes to the question of whether we are doing enough to ensure that we won't outlive our resources in retirement, we can learn a lot from history.
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?
Let's get real, America. Only by acknowledging and dealing with the continued importance of race as a principal underlying cause of our deficiencies can we ever hope to deal with and resolve those defects in our nation.
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.
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.
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.
Closing the achievement gap for minority students is always the topic of discussion and it seems to me that we have at least a partial solution right in front of us. Implementing year-round schooling will lead to minority students who are more engaged with their academics.
Leave it to talk show host and former Victoria's Secret model Tyra Banks to figure out a fashionable way to replace ousted judge Paulina Porizkova on the13th cycle of her hit CW show 'America's Next Top Model.'
The Emmy Award winning television mogul has now decided to cast rotating guest judges for each new episode instead of bringing on a permanent model to weigh in on the competition when the show premieres next month. Porizkova appeared on the last two seasons of the reality series, which seeks to find the next big 'It' model. She replaced 60s fashion model icon Twiggy.
Get a load who's on her guest list:
On Sept. 9, the franchise series will premiere with budding model Chanel Iman followed by an appearance from 'The Hills' star Lauren Conrad, who has her own fashion line showing up on Sept. 16, a network spokesperson confirmed. Other famous models like China Chow, Jaime Rishar, Marisa Miller, Kirsty Hume, Jessica White, turn up, but there's one person sure to draw high ratings -- and she has yet to grace the runways of Paris.
Playboy magazine model and reality television star Kim Kardashian, who owns a designer clothing store called Dash in Los Angeles, will appear as a judge on the show on Oct. 21. Kardashian, who starred in a best-selling XXX DVD with Ray J and dated football superstar Reggie Bush, also has an online shoe company and will soon launch her own fragrance.
Each of these noted members of the fashion community will join the regular panel of judges, which include Banks, Nigel Barker and J. "Miss Jay" Alexander.
This season, for the first time ever, the 14 finalists are all 5'7" and under.
The 'Top Model' winner will take home a $100,000 CoverGirl contract, Wilhemina Models contract, as well as a Seventeen magazine cover and six-page spread.