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.
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.
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.
Does Oprah Winfrey has a double standard when it comes to domestic violence?
For the past few months, the talk show queen has been very vocal about her stance on domestic violence. But one reported domestic violence victim is speaking out against the media mogul.
After a highly publicized altercation that left 'Umbrella' singer Rihanna battered and bruised at the hands of then-boyfriend Chris Brown, Winfrey took to her talk show in March to discuss their situation.
"Love doesn't hurt. If a man hits you once, he will hit you again," Winfrey said.
Brown was offended by Winfrey's comments, mostly because he had a rapport with the billionaire–even performing at her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa.
The 'Run It' singer fired back on 'Larry King Live' and in People magazine: "'I commend Oprah on being like, 'This is a problem,' but it was a slap in my face. She could have been more helpful, like, 'Okay, I'm going to help both of these people out.'"
Winfrey later told 'Access Hollywood' that she stood by her comments. "Domestic violence is something that I wouldn't tolerate. Period," she declared.
During an interview with hip hop radio personality Angie Martinez, last week, Brown still stressed his displeasure with the talk show queen.
Last week, ironically, Winfrey invited gospel singer BeBe Winans on her show to promote his new reunion project with sister CeCe Winans. The 47-year-old Grammy Award winner also appeared on Winfrey's show Oct. 30 as a judge for her new 'American Idol'-styled karaoke challenge.
Maybe she forgot he's facing domestic violence charges for a February incident in which he allegedly shoved his ex-wife, Debra Winans, to the ground in front of their kids. Winfrey is a close friend of Winans and has supported his music endeavors for years. His 1997 song 'Thank You' even became an anthem on the widely watched talk show.
Mrs. Winans told TMZ that she's "hurt by Oprah's decision to have Bebe on the show," in light of her refusal to have Brown on after the incident with Rihanna.
Winans' domestic violence charge is pending until a 2010 court hearing.