I'll be the first person in a dogfight to throw down for equal justice and constitutional rights under the law for all people. But I'm afraid this latest example of alleged racism and discrimination by the LAPD plays more as a reenactment of the boy, or in this case, girl who cried wolf.
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
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.
Two predictable things happened the instant Django Unchained star, actress Daniele Watts, an African-American, was detained by an LAPD officer in Studio City, California in response to a lewd public behavior call.
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.
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.
Institutionalized racism is so deeply embedded in the fabric of our everyday lives that it can rear its ugly head anywhere from an Economist book review that whitesplains slavery to the front offices of the Atlanta Hawks.
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 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.
Tavis Smiley used to be the darling of black America. Once upon a time his keen critical commentary, ubiquitous media presence and undeniable charm brought delight to the hearts and minds of many black Americans. But things changed when Obama announced his candidacy for president.
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?
Nearly 2 years out from Hurricane Sandy, the most destructive and deadly storm to hit New York City, communities across the five boroughs are still recovering. And in the back of everyone's minds, people are wondering "Could a tragedy like Hurricane Sandy happen again?"
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.
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.
Until now, consumers have been able to use any device and access any content on the Internet on an equal basis. Those protections could all go away, depending on what the FCC decides. What the companies want, it turns out, is no rules at all -- or at least rules so weak and vague that they can't be enforced in any meaningful way.
Yes, the IRS does allow penalty-free withdrawals of a limited amount of IRA funds for first-time homebuyers. However, as enticing as it appears, taking that withdrawal comes with certain caveats that you need to carefully consider.
While what we at Gamaliel fight on are depressing issues, right now, at least, I'm kind of giddy. It's not often that a two-time Pulitzer-winning journalist basically endorses everything we are doing.
There are very few hip hop figures who remain as beloved in their death as they were alive, but The Notorious B.I.G. is one of those individuals.
Today (March 9) marks the 13th anniversary of the passing of the rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace. Since being fatally gunned down in 1997 after leaving a Vibe magazine party in Los Angeles, still, no suspects have been arrested in his murder.
Investigations into the murder of the Brooklyn-bred lyricist remain on-going and the wrongful-death lawsuit filed by his mother, Voletta Wallace and his ex-wife Faith Evans, against the city of Los Angeles and other defendants is also pending.
Speculation is widespread as to who was blamed for Biggie's murder. Fingers have been pointed at former Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight and Los Angeles Police Department cops.
Wallace declined to comment on the status of her lawsuit but issued a brief statement to MTV News: "I thank you for the opportunity to touch [my son's] fans and for the network's continued support of me and the family, but it's been 13 years, I miss my son, his children miss their father, and the murderer is still at large."
LAPD officers Rafael Perez and David Mack, who are alleged to have been on the Death Row Records payroll and had a hand in the homicide, have since gone to prison on unrelated charges. The LAPD is said to have covered up the dirty cops' involvement in the death of Wallace to keep from a large civil lawsuit payoff. In fact, it was proven in July of 2005 that a lead investigator in Wallace's murder case hid evidence, which caused the trail to be declared a mistrial.
The FBI, which at one point picked up the investigation, have now stopped its pursuit, MTV News reported.
Regardless, of the long-standing difficulty in bringing Biggie's murder to justice, people who loved the 'Mo' Money, Mo' Problems' rapper are choosing to reflect on the music that he left the world with.
Bad Boy Records founder Diddy said that he's planning to celebrate his friend on a day that he thinks should be a national hip hop holiday. The Harlem-born music mogul will head across the bridge to Brooklyn club, the Lab, where Biggie tunes will be played all night by DJ Mister Cee.
"It's a day to celebrate his life," he said. "It's a day to celebrate the life of the man. We done did the movie, the records. It's something that, I guess, as a label we're obsessed with: making sure people don't forget about this man in a positive way."
"March 9 is Biggie Day. ... Bump Biggie all day, feel good and positive," Diddy declared.
Biggie Day it is.