This year, no one is safe when it comes to the ridiculous onslaught of ignorance about to people of color. Whether it was the media, celebrities, or members of our own community, the backwards advice and excuses for the degrading of our people was annoying.
Even if we ignore black women's grinding poverty, the sky-high rates of HIV infection, and the disproportionate incarceration, the fact is nearly half of all black women have been sexually coerced by the age of 18.
Know the balance between deference toward authority and personal dignity. At times, you will have to exercise restraint in the face of humiliating circumstances. At other times, you will be compelled to take a stand. Both options require courage, but the outcome is unpredictable.
In the collections of Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum is a large, leather-bound ledger. Old, unassuming, and rare, its now-faded pages document business transactions that took place almost 250 years ago
Self-defense is murder when you're a transgender woman of color. According to an Aug. 22 Facebook post by trans-rights activist Channyn Lynne Parker, Eisha Love defended her life in the midst of an alleged hate crime in late August and now faces a 10-year sentence for attempted murder.
The disadvantages that Black boys bring to their schools aren't corrected in K-12 classrooms, they are furthered. As they get older, they are continually marginalized in their schools and societies.
Ever wondered what it's really like to be a part of New York Fashion Week? Or better yet, to be a model at New York Fashion Week?
While the NFL's handling of domestic abuse cases is being scrutinized, and folk are calling for Goodell's job, the league's inquiry skills concerning other sensitive matters is also worthy of further review.
This school year, don't leave out the pep talk about grades and their futures and blah, blah, blah. But, make sure they understand that your love and pride aren't contingent on anything other than the fact that raising them is the greatest privilege you'll ever have.
As we witness the drug and criminal justice policies of the "greatest democracy in the world" lag behind those of an ever expanding list of other countries around the world, more and more are coming down on the right side of history.
The messages we convey to students matter. They are deeply embedded long after they leave our classrooms. As we begin this school year, let's make sure we choose the right message.
The stark and wildly diverse perceptions that white and black Americans have of the crisis in Ferguson (and on race in general) is crucial evidence that the racial divide in our nation is still considerable.
Growing up, I learned that African Americans do not publicly discuss or "put our personal business in the street." Depression has traditionally been an unmentionable subject in the African-American community. I have experienced debilitating bouts of depression since I was about 15 years old.
The publishing industry can't solve this problem, but the relative lack of children's books by and about people of color nonetheless functions as a kind of "symbolic annihilation."
Minority students typically do not have the opportunity to study a language much less study abroad. They face financial barriers, to be sure, but also cultural ones. For a young person who has never left his or her zip code, much less flown on a plane, going overseas is a daunting consideration.
Ferguson is one of those situations that forces us to reevaluate where we are as a people, as a culture, as a society and what things need to be improved.
With sensual tales that would make the author of the Kamasutra blush, not only does Zane pen her own books, but she publishes other authors under her own banner, Strebor Books.
I used to be one of those people who didn't understand the threat of climate change. I wondered, "Why should global warming matter to me?" When I learned what a warmer world would look like -- especially for people of color and low-income communities -- I was terrified.
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.