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.
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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.
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It is a reminder that women of power come in all shades of greatness and beauty. It gives us the opportunity to show generations of girls that there is a power within each and every one of us that when used for good can impact humanity for the greater good.
In late 1975, 19-year-old Ricky Jackson was sentenced to die by electrocution. Almost 40 years later, his conviction was overturned, and he walked out the front door of the Cuyahoga County courthouse a free man.
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As our nation's first popularly elected African American Senator, Senator Brooke claimed his seat at the table of government and paved the way for the election of African Americans across the country, including President Barack Obama and me.
While promoting her upcoming comedy 'Our Family Wedding,' actress Regina King couldn't contain her excitement for the return of the hit Cartoon Network series 'The Boondocks.'
She also talked about her frustration too.
After a more than two-year hiatus, post-production is underway for the third season of the beloved show, which should be airing in coming months.
Although the Cartoon Network has yet to send out an official announcement confirming a premiere date for the new season, 'Bonndocks' creator Aaron McGruder said via his social networking site that it should air March 28. The news coincides with his previous Twitter message on Christmas Day, in which he wrote, "Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I'm allowed to put it out yet, so I'll just say you got about three months."
King, who voices two of the show's lead characters, brothers Huey and Riley Freeman, has been a little peeved about how the show's producers are handling the long-awaited return.
"I am so happy that it is coming back," King told BV Newswire, but added, "I wish there was some Web site that people could send [a message] to Sony [Television Entertainment] ... and say 'What are youThe Boondocks Aaron McGruder doing?'" she charged.
"'Boondocks could be so bigger than what it is," the former '227' actress furthered. "If I had the money to buy 'The Boondocks' off Sony, I would because all of you would be wearing 'Boondocks' T-shirts and there would be Huey and Riley dolls. I would capitalize off of that, and I would be a very rich woman."
King cited Sony's lack of experience with animation as a reason for the show's delay and its failure to capitalize on 'Boondocks' merchandise.
The 38-year-old 'Ray' actress says her work on the show, based on McGruder's popular comic strip of the same name, is her most popular to date.
"Actually more than any other project that I have done, that's the one that I get asked about the most," King revealed. "For a show to take two and half year hiatuses and people still want it to come back, that's big," she said.
The NAACP Image Award winner, who currently appears on TNT's 'Southland,' says this season won't disappoint with talked-about topics. It will continue to follow the footsteps of previous controversial episodes such as 'The Trial of R.Kelly,' 'Let's Nab Oprah' and 'Return of the King.'
"We are coming for some people, ya know, in true 'Boondocks' fashion," King revealed.
The divorced mother of a 14-year-old son said that she is happy with how teenagers and young adults respond to the show and its satirical subject matters.
"[With[ the kids that are 16 through 25, they see the ridiculousness in things that are in videos when we make a parody out of it. ... They get it for exactly what it is, and I think it calls them on a lot of the stupid things that they embrace."
"They have never seen it in a caricature way," she added. "[When the kids] are seeing it in a video, it's cool, but when you see it silly in a cartoon, it's like, 'Yeah, Soulja Boy isn't that dope,' she laughed.
"No diss to him, but we have in the new episodes this song where they guy is [rapping] 'Crank That Artichoke' because some of the hooks are so ridiculous. Of course, Aaron is going to go in and I'm excited about it."Before new episodes of 'The Boondocks' see the light of day, King will star in 'Our Family,' opposite Forest Whitaker, America Ferrara and Lance Gross. Directed by Rick Famuyiwa, the movie hits theaters on March 12.