The only way to say the words and not fall to pieces under the crushing irony doled out by a double-talking justice system is to understand "Black lives matter" not as a slogan or a hashtag but as a meditation. A mantra. A prayer. Or...
As an employee of a bank offering a national student loan refinance and consolidation program, I often speak with recent graduates looking for guidance on questions regarding their student loans. So, for those of you who still don't fully understand how student loan refinancing works, let me help you out.
You've heard a lot of information about retirement planning basics: contribute regularly to tax-advantaged accounts like your 401(k) or IRA, choose the right mix of assets for your age and risk tolerance, and rebalance regularly. But you still can't help but wonder if you're missing something crucial.
"I can't breathe" speaks from the grave and describes the circumstances faced by many who are being choked by a system that treats different races and classes of people unequally.
On the surface, there is absolutely no reason to update the classic Broadway show Annie, which was already adapted for the screen in 1982. But this multicultural cast redux adds a hip swag to the classic kid's story. This Annie is urban, emotional and fun. But far from perfect.
Although everyone could probably benefit from a smart-spending lesson or two, today, we're talking to you 20-somethings. While you haven't had all that much time as an adult to establish your shopping routines and habits, you've had enough time to start developing some.
We need to take a hard look at what is causing this income disparity. Is it prejudice? Is it lack of economic or educational opportunities? Is the system corrupt, and if so, where? And what questions need to be asked to change that?
I honor the enthusiasm, the tenacity, vigilance of all who have marched, took rubber bulletts, made financial sacrifices, and found strength to go on anyhow. But as you assess where you are, and you find that this work is in your purpose, grab hold to your lane and stay in it with consistency and persistency.
The news media--people in our society who could play a pivotal role in creating a "dialogue" about such injustices as police killings of young black men--have fallen short.
We will not move forward as a society until we can bring ourselves to listen and respond to the cries of those whose spirits have been crushed by the chokehold of poverty and racism.
I am not interested in using the unfortunate deaths of my black and brown sisters and brothers as a platform to advance myself or my "brand," rather I am much more interested in how I can lead from behind.
At the same time, events like the ones in Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland, and the responses to them dominate the news. All of these things remind us of the truth that anytime anyone is treated less than equal because of who they are, we are diminished as people.
I believe the revolution has begun and we are ready for change and soon no one will be able to mislead us and we will take advantage fully of the voice we have on a regular basis. Not just in extreme times, so if you want to be a part of this revolution, look on your phone or computer.
Wondering what story to tell when you preach on race? Tell the story of how your congregation came to be predominantly white in the first place.
It's that time of year again - time to look back at the accomplishments of HBCUs. We present those that we think will have the most lasting impact on Black colleges, the students that they serve, as well as the surrounding communities.
Be the one. At your family dinner table. In the bar at happy hour. At your job. In the cafeteria. In the classroom or at rehearsal. In the courtroom, in a chat room. In your church, in the choir, in your synagogue or in your mosque.
This summer, I started a series focusing on the lives of black trans leaders. The second in this series of many to come, is Sasha Alexander, founder of Black Trans Media and the hashtag #BlackTransEverything.
Here's a list of three things labor can do to support those who are leading the charge to confront racism and promote justice in our nation:
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,