There are several factors within federal law that Holder has to look at to make the final decision whether to go forward with a prosecution.
I recall visits in grammar school from "Officer Friendly." He would give us tips on how to be safe when walking to and from school. Officer Friendly told us that in an emergency, we should seek out a police officer, because their job was to serve and protect. What ever happened to Officer Friendly?
How do you convince the people of Ferguson that we're one American family? How do you convince Michael Brown's grieving parents of our common values and equality under the law? Does the president even believe that what he said is actually true? Healing hasn't happened yet because old wounds were never resolved.
The events in Ferguson remind us that it important to address allegations of police brutality and to assess the underlying causes of the subsequent violence that continues to occur in that community.
Your credit score impacts a lot in your life, from buying a car to buying a house and even, sometimes, to getting a job. (Believe it or not, some employers check your credit report.) You owe it to yourself to know exactly what your credit score is, and how you can go about making it better.
Ferguson and the Middle East do have one striking commonality, but it has less to do with armored vehicles in the streets than with the way in which the media assigns culpability to black and brown bodies for the violence perpetrated against them.
Missouri is America, and like the nation itself, both racial strife and promise, are part of its enduring legacy. Long before black teenager Michael Brown, died tragically in a hail of police bullets, the dramatic epicenter of America's racial fault lines often emerged in Missouri.
When a black person is killed in America, trolls come out of the woodwork in an attempt to justify or distract from the taking of that life.
Imagine: A health crisis claiming over 16,000 lives each year. Then imagine a prescription drug that could be made widely accessible to save those lives, but isn't. Except, this is not a hypothetical situation.
I am American. Some of my ancestors were born here and knew no other land, some of my ancestors journeyed here from Europe, and some of my ancestors were brought here from Africa. I don't know the complete stories of any of their lives, but I know their stories merge to create mine. One that is very specifically American.
There are the large moments. The ones where the Veil is lifted. These are the moments when the music stops and the dance ends. These are the moments when one can keep humming the tune and twirling like nothing has changed or stop to realize that those beyond the Veil have no cause for dancing.
Later this year, at the age of 32, I plan to quit my full-time job as a software developer and don't intend to look for another one. By then, I expect my portfolio will be large enough to fund my essential expenses for at least the next 30 years, if not indefinitely, so that getting another 9-to-5 job becomes an option rather than a necessity.
It's frustrating to watch white musicians be so ready to have legions of Black dancers/singers behind them, work with Black producers, sing about how "we" do and then be nowhere to be found when a Black tragedy takes the national stage.
I wish I had known then that a lot of us, in fact nearly every freshman, feels that insecurity in some way or another -- wondering whether they will succeed, whether people will like them, whether they can do the work.
Police are equipping themselves with a variety of high-powered firearms because they feel outgunned by the criminals they have to defend themselves against.
Michael Brown's death is the merely the latest in a long line of episodes in which white police officers used deadly force against unarmed black men. African Americans are four times more likely than whites to die during an encounter with an officer.
I revisit a 1988 documentary in which Angelou and I attended a conference on "Facing Evil," held in the Hill Country of central Texas. Evil was a topic about which Angelou, the victim of childhood rape and virulent racism, had a lot to say.
With the nation's outrage in full view, I believe that this case gives an outlet to a rising sense of power felt by parents and youth alike to call into question the behavior exhibited by those who are sworn to protect and serve all citizens.
Salt N Pepa
Noted broadcast news anchor and radio correspondent Jacque Reid has made a name for herself over the years with big-name gigs at BET 'Nightly News,' CNN 'Headline News' and the 'Tom Joyner Morning Show.' She's had sit-down interviews with both President Bill Clinton and President Barack Obama. Yet, she has remained committed to keeping her professional image separate from her private one.
On Jan. 11, this poised Southern belle will become the first black news journalist to venture into reality TV with her new VH1's show, 'Let's Talk About Pep.' The show centers on Salt 'N' Pepa rapper Sandra "Pepa" Denton and her three gal pals, which include Reid.
The Clark Atlanta University graduate knows that the public is used to seeing her "so serious," but her television venture allowed her to open up.
"I don't sit around with all of my girlfriends and talk about orgasms and sex toys. This forced me to say out-loud different things I was feeling," Reid shared with BV Newswire this week.
Some of those topics include her desire to have a baby and perhaps before tying the knot with Mr. Right. The premiere episode of 'Let's Talk About Pep' finds Reid discussing the idea of having a child before marriage with her friend and hunky 'Why Did I Get Married' star Lamman Rucker.
"The baby stuff – I don't really talk about as much, and the orgasm stuff, I don't talk about it at all, so it gave me an opportunity to focus and hone in on things that were going on with me," she explained.
She describes dating in New York City as "really hard" but believes that people will relate to the show and her on-going struggle.
"I think it's always the perfect time to focus on women and relationships because it's a never-ending situation trying to deal with relationship drama," Reid laughed.
"We're all past 35, and it's something that so many of us go through and it can be something that all women, and men too, can relate to."
In between juggling her many hats, including co-hosting on D.L. Hughley's morning radio show and her bi-weekly appearances on 'Tom Joyner,' Reid is hoping to produce a documentary and write a book in the near future.
But, in the meantime, she's stopped being anxious about her new foray into reality television.
"After I saw the pilot, I realized this is a good thing, and I let myself have fun and go with it."
'Let's Talk About Pep' premieres on VH1 on Jan.11 at 10:30 p.m. EST.