Without arbitrary consequences for their defiance, I guess we're going to have to teach them the actual reasons why they should listen to our instructions. This presents two challenges. We're going to need good reasons, and somehow we have to get them to believe us.
The movement often fails to challenge the very paradigm that encouraged women to chemically process their hair and thereby prevented them from remaining natural, in the first place.
It is never acceptable to beat a little kid bloody with a weapon, because that is always child abuse. I can't believe it's 2014 and I have to spell that out for people.
If you really want to join that golf club, and feel that it's OK because there is one rich black family there, please work harder. If you chose to send your children to a school which only has one rich black family, one Hispanic child with a scholarship, and three Asian kids, please work harder.
On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, Jane Doe escaped. She was patient. She waited for months and even years for the world to do right by her. She waited for her chance to be loved, supported and to survive. How much can a 16-year-old who has lived a life of abuse and trauma be expected to endure?
When we use imagery that makes an entire community feel excluded and diminished, exactly what tradition are we celebrating?
Your personal financial goals have great influence over your repayment plan choice. If your financial situation improves over time, you may be in a more comfortable position to make prepayments to eliminate your remaining student debt.
Is there any fairness in the American justice system? Can people of every racial/ethnic group be confident that they will receive equal treatment under the law? The shooting of Michael Brown raises these questions and more.
The high of being one of the first to spot a breaking news tweet got so bad that I would wake up in the middle of the night searching for my iPhone while laying between my Egyptian cotton sheets.
In February 2015, the first-of-its-kind Afrofuturism conference, Midnight Vistas, will bring together artists, writers, scholars and activists from across the United States - and throughout the world - to convene.
James Forten's vision -- and the many courageous stories of others along the Delaware -- remind us that freedoms are hard won by those willing to sacrifice to make the world a better place.
Investing your windfall into the right financial situation can actually make you more money in the long-run, which means you'll have that money for a trip to Paris AND the flat-screen TV.
Parenting is hard, and trying to figure the appropriate punishment gains nothing with the force of violence. Especially because it was done in the days of slavery, and in spite of the fact that it was done to us as children, it needs to stop.
In America's prison systems, black citizens are incarcerated at six times the rates of white ones -- and the NAACP predicts that one in three of this generation of Black men will spend some time locked up. Do these numbers tell the true story, though?
The American Dream has always been defined by upward mobility, but for black Americans, it's harder to get into the middle class, and a middle-class lifestyle is more precarious.
The United States had joined the Allies to fight for freedom overseas. And yet, as Yard No. 4 so clearly demonstrated, African Americans still lacked full freedom and citizenship.
While some households and neighborhoods have recovered from the recession, most black and Latino households and neighborhoods are still waiting to recover.
While the economy, war, and immigration are deeply partisan, this is one issue that is not. For once, Congress can do the right thing and unify under the banner of the "atomic veterans." But time is running out.
Television Judge Greg Mathis is quick to share his story of his own troubled past and incarceration with the people who come into his courtroom.
Statistics reveal that African-Americans make up 50 percent of the nation's prison population and are incarcerated at a rate of 6.5 times that of white males and Mathis is committed to doing something about it.
The 49 year-old, who was the youngest person appointed to Michigan's 36th District Supreme Court, has launched a black prisoner initiative called Prisoner Empowerment Education and Respect (PEER). Mathis will visit jails and prisons throughout the country to encourage inmates to change their lives.
The NAACP Image Award winner has already visited the Wayne County Jail in his hometown of Detroit, where he served his one year sentence, as well as the Fulton County Jail in Atlanta and the State Correctional Institution at Chester, PA.
On Feb.8, he will visit the Golden Grove Correctional Facility in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.
Mathis previously founded Young Adults Asserting Themselves, Inc., which operates at a community center in Detroit named in his honor. That program works with Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow Push organization to provide mentorship to non-violent offenders and assists individuals in a janitorial entrepreneurial training program and the Second-Chance Through Expungement (STEP) to expunge their criminal records if they stay crime-free for five years.On a professional note, the 'Judge Mathis' court show is in its eleventh season.