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.
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.
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.
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.
In a nation where rising numbers of people are dropping out of organized religion, one dynamic religious movement continues to display remarkable strength. The black church.
Shanesha's story matters on many different levels but I see two obvious ones; ignorance and hate, the bosom buddies of self-righteous judgers.
Studies released by Urban Institute in July 2014 showed that 35 percent of Americans -- roughly one out of three -- are so behind in their finances that they have debt in collections. Many people become overwhelmed by their debts, but they don't have to be.
Teachers and mentors can have a magical impact on learning, but being a student can be just as exquisite. The roles of teacher and student are not as distinct as portrayed. Teaching and learning go both ways.
It took Dutchess Lattimore nearly 20 years to discover that she possessed the skills to be a tattoo artist. The star of VH1's hit reality series, Black Ink Crew thought she would get an "easy A" in college by registering for a drawing class.
Harlem rapper, A$AP Ferg recently released his "Dope Walk" video, from his Gangsta Grillz mixtape Ferg Forever. In the video shot by Ferg and Matt Starr on an iPhone, Ferg takes model/socialite Cara Delevinge on digital ride via Face Time.
By sending the message that our young black gay males are not acceptable, we contribute to our boys, sons, brothers and men accounting for the highest rate of new HIV infections, and reduce the rate of survival among those we call family.
A LESSON FOR THE CRYING
A lot of black women are in an uproar over black, famous rich men dating women who are not black. From splashy magazine covers (Essence) to popular reality shows ('Kendra'), biracial dating seems to be more than just a trend. There's a new book called 'Don't Bring Home a White Boy' hitting shelves soon, where attorney and writer Yolanda Young urges black women to take some tips from Kim and Khloe Kardashian and date outside of their race. As many know, the two half-Armenian TV personalities have nailed down two successful and wealthy black athletes: New Orleans Saints Superbowl winner Reggie Bush and Los Angeles Laker Lamar Odom, respectively. Young says that instead of hating, people should look at how the Kardashian sisters have "advanced the careers of their boyfriends." She suggests that black women should focus their attention on "those who appreciate it," whether black or otherwise. Interesting... [Huffington Post]
FILLING UP ON MILK
Jennifer Hudson recently shot a Got Milk? ad. The Oscar and Grammy winner's new ad reads: "Center stage, silver screen, joyful new mom. How do I keep this show on the road? Milk. Its wholesome goodness helps make my family strong at every stage. Talk about a powerful performance." The Chicago native is psyched that her new ad hits magazines during Black History Month. "I feel like if I'm going to lead somebody in the right direction it might be in the right direction of health with milk, right?," she said. Maybe she should get her fiance David Otunga to have some milk, too. He's bulked up for his WWF debut. It's sure to help him with a long future in wrestling. [StyleList.com]
One of the sexiest men in the NFL seems to be crying out for more attention. Buffalo Bills wide receiver Terrell Owens already stripped down to his birthday suit to launch his VH1 reality show last year. Now, he seems to be getting all gussied up for the fashion scene.
On Feb. 17, the Alabama born stud hit the runway during New York's Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Looking like a cross between Eddie Murphy as James Brown (on vintage 'Saturday Night Live') and Ben Stiller as 'Zoolander' – the world's first white male supermodel, Owens strutted his stuff at the A*Muse Fashion Show at Amnesia NYC. [GossipOnThis]
ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL
Chris Brown is on the right track, according to his Richmond, Va., judge. The pop star reported back to court to discuss how much community service he's completed so far.
Right now, the 'Crawl' singer has done 32 of the mandated 180 days of work, as well as attended a majority of his domestic violence classes. Judge Schnegg said, "Looks like you're doing really, really, well," before approving Brown's plans to travel abroad. Go Chris. [YBF]
He's been to hell and back. And 'Diff'rent Stokes' star Gary Coleman seems to still be dancing with the devil. In one of the wildest viral videos that ever circulated on the web, the pint-sized former child star took no tea for the fever when he appeared on the TV show, 'The Insider,' last week.
Watch what happens when Coleman talks for the first time about his now infamous mug shot. He discusses his recent time in jail and answers the question of what led him there. The panel asks "WHAT HAPPENED GARY??" And boy oh boy did he have some choice words for them.