I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not. I've reinvented myself. This is my first transformation.
Escalating racial tensions, and the puzzled response from white America, reminds us that many in suburbia still have no clue about American's complicated history with race. Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" may be bubblegum fun, but it does not deserve a ghetto pass (regardless of her playful "I'm such a dork!" tone).
Some of the most beautiful women I know are over 40 and all seem to have one thing in common: Dr. David Colbert!
The message is clear, Africa is not rising, as the popularized term often indicates a consolidated unified upward movement from the continent, rather each African nation is grabbing life jackets to remain above water.
Since a number of the discussions I've recently had about the events in Ferguson, MO seem to devolve into accusations that I'm either a racist, a liar or an idiot allow me to immediately address some facts that are not in dispute
For the majority of unarmed black folks who everyday fear for their lives, despite them doing nothing wrong, my advice to you is stop leaving the house unarmed. Arm yourself with knowledge of the system, civics and politics
Despite good grades, accomplishments, pleasant manners and common sense, many of our sons are seen as aggressive or prone to violence. When they transgress, as kids will always do, they are judged on a double standard.
f I put myself completely in the shoes of Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, or even a black man denied the opportunity to board a taxi cab, I must accept the reality that my world and my America isn't their world and their America.
In the 30 years, hip hop music has gone from a small genre of music that got no radio play to a cultural phenomenon that you can find traces of on every part of our planet.
We are still working toward democracy and equality for every woman -- without restrictions based on race, class, age or experience. And we have some distance to travel.
Many moms are not able to easily find other employment and they have to suffer through several work hours without pumping. Moms shouldn't have to deal with lactation mastitis because they are working to care for their child.
Congratulations! You're one of the lucky, financially diligent few who have your basic financial security numbers -- that is, retirement, credit card debt and emergency savings -- under control, and you deserve a big pat on the back. But the big question remains: Now what?
If you want to emerge from college with your finances intact, you need to get smart about how you spend your money. It's time for a crash course in savings. Got your notepad ready?
Whether it's 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in 2012, or 14-year-old Emmett Till in 1955, racial prejudice still informs access to adequate education, employment opportunities and advancement, well beyond the streets of Ferguson, Missouri.
In ordering his review of the military weapons programs, Obama said "there is a big difference between our military and our local law enforcement and we don't want to blur those lines." School officials that have armed their police with assault-style weapons have done more than blur that line.
We need to do more than remember headlines, lest names change but headlines be merely repeated.
Amidst all the hell breaking loose in Ferguson, here was one more old scab to pick at -- immigrant-black tensions in small towns and inner cities.
With the share of white students falling and Latino students rising, school suspension and expulsion figures in the United States risk hitting new highs, unless more districts tackle their discipline policies head on.
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.