When a magazine calls a woman with pale eyes and hair beautiful, I don't have any problem agreeing. They are beautiful. We all are. But what many magazines fail to realize is that there's more than one brand of beauty.
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.
History teaches us that negative forces will always try to smear and distort those on the side of justice, that is nothing new. But it is up to us to keep marching forward -- for victory is made up by those that remain focused and disciplined.
I was taken back to childhood days of dancing and singing along to the radio with my older sister, Danielle. There is -- and always will be -- something magical about sharing the dance floor with the person who has been able to finish your sentences.
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.
Most women are conditioned to believe that their hopes and dreams should dim in comparison to a mans. How often do you hear of men quitting their jobs because their woman got a new position that requires them to relocate? What about men choosing to stay at home with their children while the woman continues to further her career? Hardly ever.
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.
"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."
We are more fit, more fun and more happening than previous generations. We wear similar clothing, like the same music and enjoy the same movies, books and television shows.
Before this past January, I hadn't cried since 1999 and the Denzel movie The Hurricane.
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.
Beloved, I woke up late to black rage. I don't want the same for you. This rage will help you experience the very heart of Christ, the heart that is upset by every instance of oppression and misuse of power.
I asked males in the audience how they defined manhood. A lot of the usual terms came up like "provider" and "strong" and "responsibility." I responded those words could also apply to my single mother and most women I know.
The question is not who is in charge. Rather, it is how well is the university doing in fulfilling its mission.
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.
Since her brother, Michael Jackson's untimely death on June 25th, Janet Jackson has been virtually quiet about his passing. In a candid interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, which aired last night, Janet opened up about what she misses most about Michael, who she thinks is responsible for this death, and how she's coping with the loss her big brother.
In a testament to Michael's influence on her as a performer, Janet credited him for helping her to attain sass as a young performer. "He was like a director in a sense. We were very close. He helped me with all of that."
In a poignant moment in the interview, Roberts asked Janet whether Michael was in denial over his drug use, to which she replied, "I wish he could answer this question for you and not me."
When asked who she thinks is responsible for her brother's death, Janet replied that she felt Dr. Conrad Murray was to blame. "I think he is responsible. The truth always prevails."
Murray, Michael's personal physician admitted to administering the potent anesthetic drug Propofol to the music icon, but denied any wrongdoing. He has yet to be charged in Jackson's death and the manslaughter investigation remains ongoing.
On how she's coping with her big brother's death:
"A day doesn't go by that I don't think about him. I feel like my phone's going to ring, and I'm going to hear 'Donk, it's me'."
In addition to talking about Michael's passing, Janet talked growing up as a Jehovah's Witness, life as a performer, her relationships with Jermaine Dupri, Rene Elizondo, and James DeBarge, whom she called "her first love," her battles with weight, and plans for the future.
On her relationship with Jermaine Dupri:
Though she admitted that the two are no longer dating, she stated, "I adore him. We're still very good friends to this day."
On whether she's single:
"I am single. I've just been into my work."
On her struggles with weight:
"There were times when I was teased when I was younger. And it affected me a great deal."
On the future:
"I'd love to have a family. I'm in a different space. There's a lot that's going on. Alot that makes you think."
Check out a clip from Janet's interview with ABC at BV's Daily Drama,