"Finding out that the U.S. Army regulations seemed to be geared towards eliminating Black females with natural hair was heartbreaking for me... It pains me to know that an organization that I have sacrificed so much for doesn't accept me in my natural, yet professional state."
One of the reasons I created GLAM4GOOD was so I could harness the positive aspects of fashion and beauty to celebrate courage and perseverance in the face of great difficulty, tragedy and pain. Nayanda was right, GLAM4GOOD is more than just a makeover -- often it's about honoring and acknowledging everyday heroism and bravery.
When it comes to rape culture and manifestations of sexual violence against women, as people of color, we find ourselves at the forefront of this plague.
What will happen 30 years from now when the litigation my colleagues and I devoted ourselves to has faded from collective memory? Despite reforms, this place remains a prison for children.
Like many military members who survive a sexual assault, the process of reporting the rape and seeking some justice was a long, despairing and ultimately fruitless effort.
If I could speak to the person who killed Angela, I would tell them that I don't have the words to say just how sad I am. I would say, "Look what has happened to us."
We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
Near the commencement of Outkast's hour-and-a-half long performance at Coachella this past weekend, the lauded duo reciprocally encircled the table while simultaneously reciting their seminal lyrics, walking a circular path reminiscent of spiritual pilgrims walking a labyrinth.
The media just love anniversaries. But I'm wondering how many mass media outlets will pick up on a confluence of two such commemorations this coming week -- a 50th and a 20th -- which mark separate major events in the long life of a recently departed global giant.
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
Saving up your hard-earned cash to stash away an emergency fund? Well, it can be a hard sell. Spare cash can be hard to come by, and, after all, taking a vacation is a heck of a lot more fun. Or at least a lot of us seem to think so.
With the costs of basic necessities rising and wages stagnating, minimizing unnecessary and wasteful spending is more important than ever.
Why am I writing this? As a single mother, raising two black young men and surrounded by the death of so many young men, I am constantly in search of positive influences that will inspire them, motivate them and keep them on the right path.
Rather than using the Mimi and Nikko sex tape as a teachable moment about privacy, permanence and the longevity of Internet decisions, Harvey can't resist transforming that moment into a diatribe about shame and God's plan for women's bodies.
When Phylicia Rashad said she was going to take it off, she meant it.
The Tony Award-winning actress, who decided to share her weight-loss plan with the world when she signed on as the new spokesperson for Jenny Craig, has reached her weight-loss goal of 35 pounds in just eight months.
"The most rewarding thing about reaching my goal weight is that I feel so much lighter," she said in a released statement. "There's just an overall sense of well-being. And there's the increased jenny craigenergy as well. It's nice to have people say you look nice. Who knew losing weight could be so much fun?"
The 61-year-old Houston native, best known for her role in the groundbreaking sitcom 'The Cosby Show,' will reveal her new figure in a commercial titled 'Uphill Battle,' set to debut on Aug. 29.
Jenny Craig, known as one of the world's leading weight-loss management programs,couldn't be happier with Rashad's accomplishment. "We are so proud of Phylicia's success," marketing executive Steve Bellach said. "As the public saw her journey unfold on television, Phylicia remarked that the one part of the Jenny Craig program she didn't think she needed, a personal consultant, turned out to be the key to her 35-pound weight-loss success. Phylicia exemplifies what is achievable, and for that reason she is truly inspirational."
With such a hectic schedule, Rashad credits her success to enlisting a Jenny Craig consultant to personalize her program, which was based on eating 1,200 calories a day and 30 to 40 minutes of workout activity up to four times per week.
Rashad told Essence magazine that she did the program for "health reasons," after she had difficulty walking up three flights of stairs. She said that "was a sign that things were not good."
"It had nothing to do with appearance, especially with the roles I have been playing," she continued. "It had to do with the way I felt and the way I was feeling inside."
Now, Rashad is focused on paying attention to "the integrals of when I eat and my portions."
Earlier this year, the Howard University graduate appeared on Broadway as the star of 'August: Osage County.'
This fall, she has plans to reunite with her 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' cast members (including fellow Tony Award winner James Earl Jones) to reprise her role as Big Mama for a London run of the play.