And Malcolm X stands for self-empowerment. He is proof that anyone, even those who have fallen far, can free himself. You just have to work harder. That's why his spirit is very much still alive in the whole wide world even 50 years after his death.
The demands for justice in Ferguson, coupled with the recent speeches by New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton and FBI Director James Comey, are indeed reasons to keep hope alive!
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are aspects of ourselves that we are encouraged never to reveal; but I'm not a unicorn. I'm a man. I'm a black man. I'm a black male teacher. I'm a good, queer, black male teacher who is not quite as good when I feel it must be kept a secret.
Now, perhaps more than ever before, black people are joining forces and standing up for their rights and recognition. Yet, there is still disharmony within that same united front when it comes to accepting our transgender brothers and sisters.
Locks are an unapologetically black hairstyle, from their origins to the growing process. And while natural black hair has been put down for hundreds of years in the United States, Zendaya Coleman was showcasing pride.
A multi-cultural group of retired and former police officers met with Rep. Jackson Lee of Texas to share and discuss their varied personal experiences with regard to institutionalized racism and the unnecessary state-sponsored murders of all Americans.
Now, I like hip-hop, but I don't love it. I mean, I like hip-hop lite. I don't remember how I ended up with a Russell Simmons audiobook, but it was divine. Surprisingly, Simmons spoke about his journey into yoga and meditation.
Just like Seinfeld's comedic line, "Not that there's anything wrong with that," when referring to homosexual behavior, "Is it racist," has become the new tagline to uncomfortable words ushered between people.
Kandi Burruss, the newest member of Bravo's hit series 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta,' is finally coming to grips with her starring role on the franchise reality television show.
"Now, I'm glad I'm a part of the show," she confided to BV Newswire. "At first, when I signed on and folks went crazy on the blogs, I was like, 'Wait a minute, hold on, did I do the right thing?' But now I'm cool with it."
The Grammy Award-winning songwriter has been the topic of blog fodder relating to her clashes on camera and off with fellow 'Housewives' star NeNe Leakes. Recently, the two had a lively argument on an Atlanta radio station over whether Leakes told the BV Newswire that Burruss was a "weak-ass woman." During the radio program, Leakes denied the name calling, but Burruss is not convinced that she's telling the truth.
"If it had been in the Enquirer, I wouldn't have believed it, but you all are good sources for information. You all don't put bull out, so I knew she said it," Burruss charged.
"During taping, I pretty much got along with everyone. It wasn't until the end that Nene and I started clashing," she explained. "My thing with NeNe is she portrays herself to be this real chick, but she really is not. She's fake to me, but she is always saying stuff about people, and she tries to take it back or play it down later on."
The season will highlight Burruss as she raises her daughter, Riley, and tries to convince her mother that her fiance, A.J., is a good catch – despite fathering six children with other women. The Atlanta native makes no qualms about the short amount of time the couple has been together; what began as a courtship in July 2008 resulted in an engagement this January, and now Burruss is hoping that the Internet stories will die down soon.
"I feel very bad that he is catching so much heat for just being in a relationship with me, because he didn't sign on to the show I did," she said. "And I feel bad for him and his kids. The kids come over here all the time. A lot of them are older and they are on the Internet and seeing the things being said about their father. I felt horrible, [but] there is nothing I can really do about it."
But as vocal as the 'No Scrubs' songwriter is about some things related to her fiancé, when it comes to other things, she's mum about, including whether or not A.J. previously dabbled in dealing narcotics, as some have speculated.
"He is financially stable and has his own money and he has a lot of businesses that I know of. I see things that he is doing that are legit, so as far as speculating on what went on before me, he has shown me legit stuff. I don't want to go off into all of that, but it is what it is."
A wedding date has yet to be set, she said, because after taping 'Housewives,' "things got to be more stressful between my mother and A.J. and myself."
Though her personal life isn't perfectly in tact, Burruss' career is a different story. She's focusing on recording her own music and is sure that she won't be participating in an Xscape reunion anytime soon – if ever. The platinum-selling R&B quartet, from which Burruss got her musical start, is not a priority for her.
"We didn't make enough money together for me to go back," she pointed out. "We had three platinum records that I'm thankful for, but I made way more money after the group."
"We have been broken up for 12 years...and Tiny [Cottle] and I get along," she confided. "Tosha [Scott] has been pretty quiet, but Tamika Scott just came out the blue with some bull a couple years ago. [And,] it let me know it would be the same drama all over again."
In addition to penning a few songs for Fantasia's upcoming album, the 'Just Kickin' It' singer has recorded a few songs for her own upcoming solo album with Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Rashida and Tiny. Her plan is to find an independent distributor to release the project via her Kandi Koated Entertainment company.
As for those new rumors that the songstress might soon replace Paula Abdul as a judge on 'American Idol,' she quipped: "That was the biggest shock to me than it was to anybody else. I would love to do that, but no one has contacted me, and I hadn't heard it until I saw it on the Internet."
'Real Housewives of Atlanta' airs at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.